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Sabbatical Leave Program

The Sabbatical Leave Program provides fellowship appointments to science and engineering faculty members from institutions of higher education to participate in research of mutual interest to the faculty member and peers at U.S. Navy Laboratories for a minimum of one semester to a maximum of one year.

Program participants have an opportunity to establish continuing research relationships with the R&D personnel of the host laboratories which may result in sponsorship of the participant’s research at their home institutions.


Participants in the Sabbatical Leave Program receive a monthly stipend making up the difference between salary and sabbatical leave pay from their home institution. Relocation and travel assistance are provided to qualifying participants.

Programs are residential and all work must be completed on site at the sponsoring U.S. Navy Laboratory.

Eligibility Requirements

This program is open to U.S. citizens and legal permanent residents who hold teaching or research appointments at U.S. colleges and universities. Some restrictions may apply to permanent residents regarding eligibility for a DoD security clearance. Security clearance and access requirements vary from laboratory to laboratory. Details can be obtained from the individual lab coordinators.

Faculty members from Historically Black Colleges and Universities, Minority Institutions, American Indian Tribal Colleges and Universities, and Hispanic-Serving Institutions (HBCU/MI/TCU/HSI), as designated by the U.S. Department of Education, are especially encouraged to apply.


Housing availability varies and Navy host personnel may be able to assist participants in finding suitable housing.

For more information:

DoN HBCU/MI Program Director: Anthony C. Smith, Sr.