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About the Program

College and university faculty members may spend their sabbatical leave at Argonne. Appointments are normally for an academic or calendar year.

The Faculty Research Leave Appointment (FRLA) Program is intended to provide mutual benefits to faculty members and the Laboratory. In addition to bringing about fruitful research activity, it provides Argonne scientists, engineers, and visiting faculty the opportunity to develop a strengthened rapport and to catalyze the formation of continuing research partnerships and collaborations.

Interactions between faculty and students in the research programs is strongly encouraged. This can take the form of research collaboration, as well as more conventional interactions such as seminars and teaching. Also, when funding is available, faculty can involve qualified students from their home campus in their Argonne research program.


To be eligible for an appointment, a faculty member must be in receipt of a sabbatical-leave award (or other appropriate award) from his/her university, have the approval of the appropriate university administrator to accept the Argonne appointment, and have demonstrated accomplishments in an area of research and development relevant to research at Argonne. Applicants must be full-time faculty members of an accredited college or university.

Financial Assistance

During the FRLA, the faculty member remains on the payroll and under the benefits program of the university. Typically, Argonne reimburses the university for 50 percent of salary and fringe benefits for the academic year.

How to Apply

To apply for the Faculty Research Participation Program, please complete the application packet. Two evaluation (reference) forms are required: one should be completed by your department head or dean, and the other should be completed by a professional reference. Please read the packet instructions carefully and make sure that all required signatures are obtained. You will also need to submit your resume or CVThere is no application deadline.

In addition, you must communicate your interest in the Faculty Research Leave program, along with university endorsement of your participation, to Argonne. Expressions of interest can be made via a letter attached to your application and should include your curriculum vitae, a list of your publications, and a brief statement of the research interests.

  1. Complete the Faculty Programs Application.
  2. Collect the required attachments listed in the application.
  3. If you have already identified an Argonne host, send these forms to your host and their Division will submit them on your behalf. If you have not identified an Argonne host, send your forms directly to faculty@​anl.​gov.