- Research Intensive Awards (RIA)
- COLA Co-Sponsored External Fellowships (CSEFs)
- Faculty Development Leave (FDL)
- Faculty Development Award (FDA)
- Littlefield and Ransom Faculty Fellows
- OVPR/COLA Partnership to Support Scholarship in the Humanities and Social Sciences
- Subvention Grants
Overview: The College's Research Intensive Award (RIA) relieves faculty members of teaching their required organized classes for one long semester to devote their attention to a research project.
Implementation: This revised policy goes into effect September 1, 2022 and will supersede previous College Research Fellowships policies.
- COLA tenured and tenure-track faculty are eligible to receive an RIA.
- RIAs are pre-awarded and provided to faculty as part of hiring contracts, retention offers, post-administrative service, or other commitments.
- Faculty should consult with their Department Chair to confirm their intent to take their RIA, identify they preferred semester, and discuss research plans.
- Faculty must formally apply for the RIA to confirm the semester they intend to use the award. Applications are submitted in the year prior to the intended RIA semester. Late applications may not be considered.
Applications: Applications can be submitted October 3 - October 31 via Qualtrics.
Overview: Faculty who are awarded prestigious external fellowships may apply for supplemental funding from the College of Liberal Arts to support their fellowship award via COLA Co-Sponsored External Fellowships (formerly Supplemental College Research Fellowships/SCRFs). Co-Sponsored External Fellowships (CSEFs) are limited to a maximum of 50% of a faculty member’s salary for the award period, regardless of the amount of salary that the external funding covers. The length of the external fellowship may vary to accommodate the requirements of the granting agency.
Implementation: This revised policy will go into effect September 1, 2022 and supersedes previous Supplemental College Research Fellowships policies.
- Faculty are eligible to apply for CSEF funding if the external fellowship pays at least 50% of their salary for the period of the award, based on their academic rate at the time of application. The cost of fringe is exempted from calculating the 50% salary requirement.
- Faculty are eligible to apply for CSEF funding support every four years. Aligning with eligibility guidelines for the University’s Faculty Development Leave (FDL) program, faculty must have served as full-time faculty members of UT Austin for at least four academic years since any previous CSEF award or any previous FDL award.
- Prior to applying for external fellowships, faculty should consult with their Department Chair to discuss fellowship and research plans.
- Faculty must notify their department and the COLA Research Support Office upon submitting external fellowship applications, including the terms of acceptance and associated deadlines, even if the granting agency does not require the application and/or the grant/fellowship to route through the University. If faculty do not notify their department, they will be ineligible to apply for CSEF funding, even if the external fellowship is paid directly to the faculty member.
- Faculty apply for CSEF funding as soon as they receive confirmation of the outside award. The application must include the award confirmation letter. Late applications may not be considered.
- Faculty who accept CSEF funding must comply with the “return rule” policy. Recipients are expected to return to normal University duties for at least one academic year (two long semesters) following their fellowship semester. A recipient who leaves the University without returning for the required timeframe is obligated to reimburse UT for the cost of the CSEF award. Faculty currently on a CSEF leave should not apply for new external fellowships that result in another leave during the return period.
Exemptions from the 50% Salary Requirement: Faculty may request exemptions from the 50% salary requirement (i.e., apply for CSEF funding even if the external fellowship does not cover 50% of salary for the award period). The following fellowship programs are typically considered exempt from the 50% requirement, conditional on funding and COLA’s FDL compliance. Faculty must still formally apply for CSEF funding.
- American Academy in Rome
- American Association of University Women
- American Council of Learned Societies
- Ford Foundation Fellowships
- Fulbright Scholars Program
- Guggenheim Fellowships
- Institute for Research in the Humanities
- National Endowment for the Arts
- National Endowment for the Humanities
- National Humanities Center
- Network of European Institutes of Advanced Study
*Please note: In addition to this policy, if the CSEF award funds 50% or more of the faculty member's salary across an academic year, the award may also be considered a Faculty Development Leave (FDL). In such cases, eligibility and processes must follow FDL guidelines.
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