What is sabbatical leave?

Sabbatical leave is a continuous period of release from normal academic duties in order to advance the pursuit of scholarship and research or teaching in the University, leading to the development of individual members of staff, and to the production of outputs of significant benefit to the University.

Sabbatical leave will normally run for a period of six months, either from 1 February to 31 July or from 1 August to 31 January, or exceptionally over 12 months.


Academic staff (lecturers, senior lecturers, readers, professors) who are on permanent contracts and have three years of continuous service are eligible to apply. The qualifying period should normally begin after the completion of probation.

Entitlement to sabbatical leave is not automatic, but is based on the merits of the proposal and the strategic needs of the Department and University.

If you wish to apply for sabbatical leave at the University of Bath Institute for Policy Research (IPR), please ensure you complete the University of Bath application form for sabbatical leave, which includes a separate section for sabbatical leave at the IPR.

Application process

There are two application rounds each year.

The deadline for Round 1 2018/19 applications is:

Monday 19 November 2018 (for sabbaticals starting in August 2019)

The deadline for Round 2 2018/19 applications is:

Monday 18 February 2019 (for sabbaticals starting in February 2020)