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Are professors paid during sabbatical? I'm mainly concerned about schools in the US. Answers about other countries are also welcome.

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The short answer is: yes.

Sabbatical is not a vacation but is rather a leave of teaching to focus on research and publication. At many schools it is not automatic but must be applied for and is granted at the provost's discretion.

Some schools will only provide six months of funding, but will release a full year of teaching, making the faculty member responsible for getting grants for the remainder, or effectively working at half salary.

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What are the options for the remainder half? From the host institution? –  sinoTrinity Jun 19 '14 at 3:29
External grants. Spouses. –  RoboKaren Jun 19 '14 at 3:29
At my university, one of the requirements when applying for sabbatical is to apply for external funding. (However, getting the sabbatical is not contingent on getting the funding.) –  Mark Meckes Jun 19 '14 at 8:04
@Mark must you be entirely (100%) on external grants or is it 50:50? –  RoboKaren Jun 19 '14 at 12:32
The university pays 50% of the regular annual salary, no more and no less, regardless. We don't need to apply for as much as 50% from other sources; all that's required is to apply for something. I suspect that the rationale for the requirement is to demonstrate that you're serious about using the sabbatical for research, as opposed to trying to get half your salary for no work. –  Mark Meckes Jun 19 '14 at 20:04

Yes. When you're not paid, it's normally called a "leave of absence."

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