AUB offers one semester of paid research leave to assistant professors who will be entering their third or fourth year in rank by the time of the proposed leave. Successful applicants may use the leave for the purposes of research and writing in Beirut or may also request a separate travel (short-term faculty development) grant for research abroad.
Applications for the junior faculty leave should be submitted to the appropriate Dean’s Office by 31 March and received by the Provost’s Office by 15 April. The application and approval process follows the general guidelines for a periodic paid research leave (see the Faculty Manual, Chapter Three (Benefits), Section 1.H).
Junior faculty whose research plans include travel must submit a separate application to the Dean’s Office for a short-term faculty development grant. The grant will cover the fare for a round-trip ticket and expenses of up to $800/month for no more than four and a half months. Expenses incurred while attending a conference (as a participant or presenter) are not eligible for funding during a junior faculty research leave. Only one travel grant is awarded to a faculty member in any given academic year.
Upon conclusion of the leave, the assistant professor must submit a report to the departmental chair and the dean describing activities undertaken during the leave, what was accomplished, and how the funds were spent. Note that any significant changes in research or travel plans must be approved by the dean in advance and not merely mentioned in the final report.