Sabbatical Fellowship for Distinguished Colleagues

The Huck institutes of the Life Sciences offer sabbatical fellowships for outstanding non-PSU faculty, industry professionals, and people from non-governmental organizations who are interested in exploring new lines of inquiry and investing in a longer-term, potentially transformational project with faculty and graduate students associated with one of the Huck Institutes Centers of Excellence.

Centers perform research in the broad areas of Genomic Science, Infectious Disease Dynamics, Plant Biology, Ecology, and Neurosciences with additional areas in Metabolomics, Microbiome, Reproductive Biology and Health, and Chemical Ecology. Fellows are welcome to stay for periods that range from one month to a full academic year. In some circumstances, where stipend support is not available from a home institution or through a grant, financial support can be provided up to a maximum of $30,000 per semester to help offset local housing, transportation, or incidental expenses (reimbursed monthly) or to cover fees to utilize one of the Huck instrumentation facilities. Our expectation is that our support will make the sabbatical cost neutral as compared to a sabbatical where candidates remain at their home institution.

Fellows will be provided with office space, an open invitation to weekly lecture series, and campus membership benefits such as library access. In exchange, Fellows will be expected to be actively involved with a center within The Huck Institutes and encouraged to consider running an informal graduate class for students and postdoctoral workers in the center and giving a talk or two about their research.

Applications will be reviewed by the Huck Executive Board and must include the following:

  • Letter(s) of support and justification from the Penn State faculty sponsor(s) that details the potential benefits to the Huck Institutes of this collaborative opportunity.
  • Potential fellows should submit the following:
    • The sabbatical fellowship request form which outlines the summary of what they wish to achieve, including an explicit plan for how they will interact with graduate students and postdoc scholars to help the training environment at Penn State.
    • A Curriculum vitae
    • A preliminary budget of financial support being requested (up to $30,000).

All documents are to be submitted to Kimberly Ripka for review with the Huck Executive Board.