RSE Sabbatical Research Grants

Funding area: Science, Technology, Engineering & Mathematics (STEM), Social Sciences

Academic staff on open-ended or continuing contracts of employment in Scottish Higher Education Institutions are invited to apply for the opportunity to take twelve months sabbatical leave to focus on a research project of their choice within STEM and Social Science.

In addition to funding the salary for the replacement member of staff up to point 37, this Grant funds research costs for the awardee of up to £10,000.

These Grants are supported by funding from the Scottish Government and research projects proposed must align to one or more of the Scottish Government National Outcomes, as detailed in the National Performance Framework.

Please note: we recently clarified our eligibility criteria to minimise confusion. Please see our Terms and Conditions for full details.

Fund opens

July 15, 2020

Fund deadline

October 12, 2020 5:00 pm

Fund value

For the salary of a replacement staff member up to scale point 37, and research costs up to £10,000.

Fund duration

12 months

Additional Information

Applicants must be existing members of academic staff who acquired their PhD under 7 years ago and who have held a teaching appointment for a maximum of 7 years (since acquiring their PhD) in any Higher Education Institution in Scotland at the time of the application closing date.  Please see our Terms and Conditions for full eligibility criteria and further details.

Applications for Sabbatical Research Grants are currently closed. The next round will open in mid-July.

Please carefully read the Terms and Conditions before preparing an application.

To apply, create a personal profile on the RSE website, or log in using your existing details:

Once in your personal profile, register to apply under “apply for funding” in the menu on the left hand side of the screen. You will then be able to access the application form, guidelines, and referee forms for the relevant award. Please ensure you read all eligibility criteria carefully before applying. Once completed, email your application to

If you have any questions in the meantime, please contact us.