Every seven years or so a professor in a US/Canadian University can apply for a sabbatical leave. It’s a very nice thing: your University allows you to catch up on your research, learn new techniques, write a book, etc. That is to say, you become a postdoc again. And in many cases questions arise: should I stay at my University or go somewhere else? In many cases yearlong sabbaticals are not funded by the home University, i.e. you have to find additional sources of funding to keep your salary.
I am on a year-long sabbatical this academic year. So I had to find a way to fund my sabbatical (my University only pays 60% of my salary). I spent Fall 2014 semester at Fermilab and am spending Winter 2015 semester at the University of Michigan, Ann Arbor.
Here are some helpful resources for those who are looking to fund their sabbatical next year. As you could see from the list, they are slightly tilted towards theoretical physics. Yet, there are many resources that are useful for any profession. Of course your success depends on many factors: whether or not you would like to stay in the US or go abroad, competition, etc.
- General resources:
Fulbright Scholar Program
Radcliffe Institute at Harvard University:
URA Visiting Scholar program
Intensity Frontier Fellowships
Deadline: twice a year
IAS Princeton (Member/Sabbatical):
Deadline: November 15
Alexander von Humbuldt:
Friedrich Wilhelm Bessel Research Award
Humboldt Research Award
Marie Curie International Incoming Fellowships:
CERN Short Term visitors:
Hans Fischer Senior Fellowship (TUM-IAS, Munchen)
Some general info could also be useful:
Many University also have separate funds for sabbatical visitors. So if there is a University one wants to visit, it’s best to ask.