Research Leave Supplement Program (RLSP)

About this opportunity


IU Bloomington


Peggy Maschino,


April 1 and October 1

Award cycle:

Funding available:


NEW REQUIREMENT: Research Leave Supplement applications must be submitted through IU's InfoReady system. See link at bottom of page.

Research Leave Supplements are meant to lessen the financial sacrifice for faculty and librarians whose fellowships or other awards provide less than their regular academic salaries. The supplements are available to IU Bloomington tenured and tenure-eligible faculty, research scientists, research center directors, medical sciences faculty, and librarians who receive prestigious, nationally competitive fellowships or research-related awards. Please note: If you receive a fellowship and need to respond to the agency before the deadlines below, please contact Peggy Maschino at


Prior to submitting an application for a fellowship or research award, faculty must inform their department chair/director and school dean or research dean. Funding will not be provided if the faculty receive a fellowship or research award without first receiving approval from their department chair and school dean or research dean prior to submitting the application to the funding agency.

Research leaves, including those combined with a sabbatical leave, must be immediately followed by a period of at least one year on campus carrying out normal teaching and service responsibilities in addition to research.  Research leaves that extend beyond one year in duration will not be approved under normal circumstances. Exceptions must be approved by the Executive Associate or Research Dean in applicable school or college prior to applying for the research fellowship and/or sabbatical leave. 

Applications for research fellowships involving a reduction in teaching load for the period of the fellowship must be approved by the Department Chair prior to the fellowship application, and the restriction on consecutive leaves stated above should be considered at that time.

Full RLSP funding (see Funding below):

  • Group 1a (FULL RLS FUNDING): Guggenheim and Carnegie Fellowship recipients

Partial RLSP funding (see Funding below):

  • Group 1b: Fulbright Research, NEH, NEA, and resident fellowships at the Center for Advanced Study in the Behavioral Sciences (Palo Alto), the National Humanities Center (Research Triangle), the Institute for Advanced Study (Princeton), the Radcliffe Institute for Advanced Study Fellowship (Harvard University)
  • Group 2: ACLS, Humboldt, Jefferson Science, Mellon, Rockefeller, Rome Prize, Sloan, Spencer
  • Group 3: Fellowships comparable in prestige to those in Group 2. Approval is based on available funding. Faculty are encouraged to apply for fellowships or research awards in Groups 1a, 1b, and 2.
  • Prestigious unpaid fellowships, combined with a sabbatical leave, will be considered for Research Leave Supplement funding on a case-by-case basis.


Fulbright Teaching Grants (however, Fulbright Teaching/Research Grants, i.e. 20% teaching, 80% research, are eligible for RLS funding), grant-supported salaries, ordinary leaves-without-pay, research associateships (i.e. postdocs), visiting positions at other institutions, memberships at research institutions or centers (i.e., not as part of a stipendiary residential fellowship sponsored by a particular research institute, center, or library).


  • The program will fund all eligible applications for supplements to fellowships in Groups 1a and 1b, although only Guggenheims (Group 1a) will be automatically topped up to 100% of the applicant’s salary (see below). Applications for supplements to fellowships in Groups 2 and 3 will be approved as funding permits.
  • Recipients of Research Leave Supplements are eligible to receive up to 60 percent of their base salary during the period of the leave, with the actual amount determined by the financial sacrifice. The financial sacrifice is calculated on annual base salary, less the amount of the fellowship monies and other income. The applicant must disclose all salaries, fellowship monies, fringe benefits, per diem, etc., available to him/her during the proposed leave. Funds specified explicitly for research or travel expenses will be excluded from the calculation. If the sacrifice amount is less than 60 percent of the base salary, the supplement will be the sacrifice amount; otherwise it will be 60 percent of the base salary.
  • The 60 percent of base salary will be paid as follows: the IU Bloomington Office of the Provost will provide 10 percent of the supplement, with the dean of the applicant’s school and the Office of the Vice Provost for Research each providing 25 percent of the supplement. The exception to this policy will be for Guggenheim recipients whose Research Leave Supplement will be funded up to 60 percent of base salary from the three offices as described above and topped up to 100 percent by the recipient’s school.
  • IU will continue to pay its share of the recipient’s health insurance during the research leave and will continue life insurance coverage for three months. Recipients then have the option of continuing life insurance coverage at the current rate. Arrangements can also be made by recipients to pay retirement contributions from the supplement if they wish.


  • Recipients must agree to reimburse Indiana University in the amount of the Research Leave Supplement should they fail to return to Indiana University for at least one academic year following the research leave.
  • The Research Leave Supplement Program may be combined with a sabbatical leave, so long as total support from all sources does not exceed 100 percent of annual base salary.
  • Research Leave Supplements will not be awarded to individuals in two consecutive years. Total Research Leave Supplements are also restricted to no more than two awards in five years and no more than three awards in ten years. An exception will be made for Guggenheim fellowships; they will not be counted toward these limitations.

Application requirements

Applicants must complete an online application and upload a completed Research Leave Supplement Application form to InfoReady. These application materials will be routed to the applicant's dean for approval. *Note: Prior to applying to an agency for a fellowship, an applicant must contact his or her chair, director, or dean for approval of a research leave and its timing with previous or subsequent leaves.

Application components:

  • a letter of support from the applicant's department chair and school dean indicating approval to apply for a fellowship or research award. (If the applicant is serving as the department chair/director, the letter of support should come from the school dean.)
  • completed Research Leave Supplement Application Form
  • a copy of the award letter and budget from the funding agency that indicates the amount and duration of the fellowship
  • If the fellowship is not from an agency in list 1a, 1b, or 2 (above), the application should include documentation from the chair/director or other faculty member familiar with the fellowship that describes the prestige of the fellowship.

Final Project Report:

Faculty who receive funding through the Research Leave Supplement Program must submit a one-page project report no later than three months following the end of the leave. A progress report should be submitted to the Office of the Vice Provost for Research at