The Program

The Grant-in-Aid Educational Leave Program provides paid educational leave to eligible employees pursuing Associates, Bachelors, Masters or Doctoral degrees.

The program supports the development and retention of high-performing, qualified faculty and staff, and Florida Gulf Coast University's commitment to diversity. Contingent upon funding, a total of up to four awards may be given annually. The recipients may choose to use full-time leave for one semester, or part-time leave for two semesters.  Support Personnel (SP), Administrative/Professional (AP), and Faculty are eligible.


Eligibility requirements and selection criteria

  • Grant-in-Aid applicants must have at least two years of satisfactory performance in a permanent or continuing full-time position prior to the beginning of the academic year in which the grant will be awarded.
  • Recipients agree to continue employment with Florida Gulf Coast University for one calendar year after completion of the program. If employment is not continued, a prorated amount of the funding received under the program must be returned to Florida Gulf Coast University.
  • Applicants must be pursuing an Associates, Bachelors, Masters or Doctoral degree.
  • Applicants must be U.S. citizens or permanent residents.

Applicants will be evaluated on specific criteria

  • Contribution to the University's diversity goals
  • Benefit to the University
  • Personal statement
  • Anticipated completion date of the degree
  • Career and educational enhancement
  • Length of service to Florida Gulf Coast University
  • Academic record
  • References

If a recipient would like to apply for a second award, they must satisfy the one-year employment requirement prior to receiving a second award.

Paid Educational Leave & Stipends

Each Grant-in-Aid award recipient receives a stipend, and remains in pay status during Grant-in-Aid leave. No work obligations are required when full-time leave is granted. Employees granted half-time leave are required to work half-time. Undergraduate and graduate level students are expected to carry a full-time load during their leave. At the doctorate level, satisfactory progress toward the degree is required.

Deadline: March 14, 2019 at noon