For a number of years, first the Provost’s Office and now the College of Arts and Sciences have “topped up” the salaries of faculty who receive prestigious national or international fellowships that provide release time for research, but that do not provide funding sufficient to cover the faculty member’s full regular salary during the time the faculty member is on leave and supported by the fellowship. In the past, examples of fellowships eligible for such “top ups” have included those from the Guggenheim Foundation, the National Endowment for the Humanities, and the American Council of Learned Societies.

In providing such “top ups”, the College must be mindful both of its desire to enable faculty to accept such prestigious awards, and of the need to replace the faculty member’s teaching during the period in which they are on leave. To these ends, the College has adopted the following policy. For faculty who receive prestigious fellowships and who will be on leave for one quarter, the College will “top up” the faculty member’s salary to 100% of his or her regular monthly salary for that quarter. For faculty who will be on leave with fellowship support for two quarters, the College will “top up” to 75% of the faculty member’s regular monthly salary for those two quarters. For faculty who will be on leave with fellowship support for three quarters, the College will “top up” the faculty member’s regular monthly salary to 67%. Except in extraordinary circumstances, the College will not “top up” more than nine months of a faculty member’s regular monthly salary on any given fellowship award.