University of Bath

Apply for the IPR Sabbatical scheme

Bath academics can apply to spend a semester at the IPR to work on an interdisciplinary research project with substantial policy and public engagement.

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Apply for a semester at the IPR to work on and develop a research project with substantial policy and public engagement.

About the scheme

In addition to the University of Bath Sabbatical Scheme, the University runs a scheme of Internal Academic Sabbaticals for the Institute for Policy Research (IPR). This enables academic staff at the University to apply for a semester at the Institute, working on and developing a research project (or projects) with substantial policy and public engagement. The sabbatical leave (in full or large part) will normally be spent at the IPR premises.

The IPR sabbaticals are set within the broad framework of the existing University scheme. The arrangements for financial compensation for the academic’s Department will be the same as for the existing University scheme. You cannot apply for both schemes in the same academic year.

Up to two awards of six month periods are available each academic year.

All sabbaticals must be approved by written agreement of the Head of Department concerned, confirming that the teaching and administrative duties of the academic in question can be covered. In considering this approval, the Head of Department may take into account the sabbaticals awarded to other members of the Department under the main University scheme.

Selection criteria

All applications must fulfil the criteria for the University sabbatical scheme.

We will give priority to those applications that involve:

  • a strong element of policy and/or public engagement in areas which reflect the IPR's policy research profile
  • a research project or projects which involve a degree of collaboration with colleagues from other departments; and which are endorsed by the HoD or Director of Research of those other departments

We will also consider applications from two academics from different departments, wishing to work together on a joint sabbatical project.

How to apply

Apply by completing the application form. You will need to include a supporting statement from the Head of Department.

You can simultaneously apply for funding under the IPR Visiting Fellow and Visiting Policy Fellow schemes, in order to enhance your sabbatical bid.

You can also identify individual PGR students whose research can be expected to benefit from association with the project.

The deadline for applications for sabbaticals starting 1 February 2019 is 2 March 2018. The deadline for applications for sabbaticals starting 1 August 2019 is 28 November 2018.

On completion of your sabbatical

Successful applicants from October 2017 onwards must complete a formal report for the Sabbatical Committee, to be submitted 12 months after completion of the sabbatical leave period. The report will be assessed by the Heads of Department and Director of the IPR against the original applications.

Applicants accepted before October 2017 must complete two formal reports for the sabbatical committee, the first two months after completion of the sabbatical leave period and the second 12 months after the sabbatical leave period.

You must submit the reports using specific forms.