Humanities Institute

Community Sabbatical Research Leave Program

Professor Namkee Choi and 2019 Community Sabbatical Grantee, K.C. Lawrence

Professor Namkee Choi and K.C. Lawrence (AGE of Central Texas), 2019 Community Sabbatical Grantee.

The Community Sabbatical Research Leave Program, created and administered by the Humanities Institute, enables directors and staff members of Central Texas 501(c)(3) non-profit organizations to apply to the University for paid flexible leave in order to pursue a question or problem related to their organizations and their organizations' constituencies. Community Sabbatical grantees receive a UT EID for access to library and databases and a $5000 stipend.  Grantees also are matched with University faculty members with related interests who provide assistance and consultation on the proposed project.

Since its founding in 2005, more than thirty local organizations such as Foundations Communities, Migrant Clinicians Network, Safe Place, Texas Folklife, Austin Public Library Friends Foundation, and Capital IDEA have received Community Sabbatical support. These organizations provide a broad range of community services, from educational opportunities to arts involvement. The program also provides an oppurtunity for non-profit professionals to network with each other. Staff members from local organizations such A Legacy of Giving, Urban Roots, Migrant Clinicians Network and Safe Place have participated in the Program. See our Press Page to learn more about how the Community Sabbatical Research Leave program has been featured in the press.

The Humanities Institute typically posts an RFP in September each year, for a grant beginning in January of the following year. For more information, please contact the Humanities Institute at (512) 471-9056 or If you are interested in applying for a Community Sabbatical grant and would like to understand the kind of research projects this program supports, please make sure to review the descriptions of the currently funded projects below, as well as previously funded research projects under "Past Grantees and Projects." Prospective applicants are also welcome to submit a one-page proposal abstract up to two weeks before the grant deadline to receive feedback about whether the proposed project is appropriate for a Community Sabbatical Grant and how to strengthen the proposal prior to submission.

2020-2021 Community Sabbatical Grantees

Dr. Travis Marcum, Austin Classical Guitar

“My Music: From Community to Classroom and Back”

Bonnie Cullum, The VORTEX 

"Towards a Green New Theatre" 

Gina LaMotte, EcoRise

"Strategies for Cultivating Resilience in K-12 Schools, Teachers and Students" 

Lauren Maples, Partners for Education, Agriculture, and Sustainability (a.k.a. PEAS)

"Building a School-Based Model for Eco-Therapy to Help Communities Cope with Emotional Upset Caused by Covid-19"


  •   Map
  • Humanities Institute

    University of Texas at Austin
    Office Address: SAC 4.138
    Mailcode F1900
    Austin, Texas 78712