Sabbatical & Triennial Leaves of Absence

The leave of absence policies for sabbatical and triennial leaves described here apply to faculty in the Traditional Track, Investigator Track, Clinician-Educator Track, and Clinician-Scholar Track. Note that the Leave of Absence policy for the School of Medicine differs from the policy set forth in the Yale University Faculty Handbook.

School of Medicine Sabbatical and Triennial Leave Policy

Faculty members become eligible for an initial Sabbatical or Triennial Leave after having taught at the rank of Associate Professor or Professor for two years. The Initial Leave of Absence may be a triennial or a sabbatical.

Deadline: The deadline for submitting a request for Sabbatical or Triennial Leave of Absence beginning on or after July 1, for any academic year, is January 16th of the previous academic year (e.g., requests for leaves effective during the 2015-2016 academic year must be received by January 16, 2015). This is an absolute deadline. There can be NO EXCEPTIONS made to this policy.

Sabbatical Leave

Length of Leave: Up to one semester at full salary or up to a full year at half salary.

Eligibility: Faculty members must complete six years of full-time faculty activity following the end of their previous leave, whether it was a sabbatical or triennial.

On record, a sabbatical leave is considered to be up to a full year in length to coincide with the academic year (July 1-June 30).

The six year count for a subsequent leave does not begin until July of the following academic year, as in the following examples:

Example 1

Faculty member takes a sabbatical leave from July 1, 2012 through December 31, 2012, and resumes department and university activity on January 1, 2013.

  • Sabbatical year end will be June 30, 2013
  • Six year count begins on July 1, 2013
  • Faculty member becomes eligible for next sabbatical leave on July 1, 2019

Example 2

Faculty member takes a sabbatical leave from July 1, 2012 through June 30, 2013, and resumes department and university activity on July 1, 2013.

  • Sabbatical year end will be June 30, 2013
  • Six year count begins on July 1, 2013
  • Faculty member becomes eligible for next sabbatical leave on July 1, 2019

Example 3

Faculty member takes a triennial leave from July 1, 2013 through October 31, 2013, and resumes department and university activity on November 1, 2013.

  • Six year count begins on July 1, 2014
  • Faculty member becomes eligible for sabbatical leave on July 1, 2020

Triennial Leave

Length of Leave: Up to 4 months at full pay.

Eligibility: Faculty members must complete 2 ½ years of full-time faculty activity following the end of their previous leave, whether it was a sabbatical or triennial.

The 2 ½ year count for a subsequent triennial leave does not begin until the January or July following the latest leave's end date, as in the following examples:

Example 1

Faculty member takes a triennial leave from July 1, 2012 through October 31, 2012, and resumes department and university activity on November 1, 2012.

  • Triennial year end will be December 31, 2012
  • 2 ½ year count begins on January 1, 2013
  • Faculty member becomes eligible for next triennial leave on July 1, 2015

Example 2

Faculty member takes a triennial leave from January 1, 2013 through April 30, 2013, and resumes department and university activity on May 1, 2013.

  • Triennial year end will be June 30, 2013
  • 2 ½ year count begins on July 1, 2013
  • Faculty member becomes eligible for next triennial leave on January 1, 2016

Example 3

Faculty member takes a sabbatical leave from July 1, 2013 through December 31, 2013, and resumes department and university activity on January 1, 2014.

  • 2 ½ year count begins on July 1, 2014
  • Faculty member becomes eligible for triennial leave on Jan. 1, 2017