Faculty Development Fellowship

Please submit your Faculty Development Fellowship applications for Fall 2023, Spring 2024, and academic year 2023-2024 by December 6, 2022. If you have questions about the leave process or your eligibility for leave, contact Brenda Ensor at bensor2@unl.edu.

Applications must contain

  1. The Application for Faculty Development Fellowship, with all appropriate signatures. Faculty members holding formal joint appointments require the signature of both chairs or directors.
  2. A statement by the applicant (typically at most three pages) describing the proposed project. This statement should include an updated report on the activities and accomplishments from any previous paid leaves, a description of the work to be undertaken during the proposed leave, and an explanation of the benefits of the proposed leave to the university and the faculty member.
  3. The applicant's current CV.
  4. A statement indicating the rankings of the proposals from the same department, reasons for the ranking and an evaluation of the proposal in light of the criteria below. This statement should come from the chair or the committee which evaluated the proposals.

NOTE: A PAF is not required with the application. It will be requested after the leave is approved.

Award criteria

  1. Excellent scholarship (including research and creative activity and/or instructional development) is the primary factor in judging proposals.
  2. The FDF proposal must present a clear goal and a clear plan (including expected outcomes).
  3. It is important that faculty are able to explore new areas and to investigate ideas which potentially have a big pay-off but may not work out. Thus, proposals for risky projects may rate highly provided the potential for significant outcomes can be demonstrated.
  4. The benefits of the leave to the university and the faculty member must be explained in terms of departmental, college, and campus priorities.

The college is allotted one leave for every ten eligible faculty. We will accept requests for leaves beyond this for a department but you should be sure to indicate how the teaching program will be maintained if the leaves are all granted.

Faculty who have held full-time appointments at UNL for six years or more at the rank of assistant, associate, or full professor, or at the rank of assistant, associate, or full professor of practice are eligible for participation in the Faculty Development Fellowship program. Faculty are encouraged to take advantage of this opportunity throughout their careers. Six full years of service must elapse between Faculty Development Fellowships.

As stated in the Faculty Development Fellowship policy, these leaves are to be awarded competitively and must be awarded on the basis of expected benefits to the university and to the faculty member. The primary evaluation of applications will remain in the departments. The Dean’s Office will review the applications to ensure that they meet the above criteria.