Release from Teaching Duties Competition

The Faculty of Social Sciences offers course releases (three credits) to full-time professors annually on a competitive basis. We expect to have eight such course releases available each year. The course release applies to the following academic year.


To support the research efforts of members of the Faculty of Social Sciences who hold important research grants from the Tri-Council or other external funding agencies.

Eligibility Criteria

  • The applicant holds a full time tenure or tenure-track professorial position at the University of Ottawa
  • a) The candidate holds a research grant as Principal Investigator or Co-Principal Investigator; or
    b) the candidate is a co-researcher on several important research grants.
    In either case, the candidate has not received any professional fees from the award(s) in question.

NB: Applications received during an extension year of a grant are not eligible.

Preference will be given to professors who have a full teaching workload. Faculty members who have a course release for administrative duties are eligible for this competition. Professors already receiving course release for research from the Faculty are not eligible. Support will not be given in a year when a professor has a half-academic leave.

Application Deadline

October 15

Application Requirements

  • A description of the research project (or a copy of the summary page of an external application)
  • Justification of the time required for the research project
  • Description of how the pandemic has significantly affected research productivity, and how a course release in the following year will address this impact. (if applicable)
  • A description of the number and duration of Faculty of Social Sciences graduate research assistantships hired over the past two years, as well as a description of the tasks to be performed by research assistants.
  • A copy of the grant award notification
  • An official copy of the teaching workload for the last three years
  • A letter describing the anticipated teaching workload for the coming year (the course for which the release is requested should be discussed with the department chair)
  • A letter of support from the unit chair
  • CV

Evaluation Criteria

  • The justification of time required for the research project.
  • Exceptionally, for the competition this year, demonstration of significant negative impact of the pandemic on research productivity, and how a course release in the following year will address this impact (if applicable).
  • The number of Faculty of Social Sciences graduate research assistants hired for the project. Faculty-funded research assistant positions will not count in the determination of eligibility for course release.
  • The graduate supervision activities of the candidate (normally, supervising at least three graduate students at the University of Ottawa, at least two of whom are registered in a program at the Faculty of Social Sciences).
  • The teaching workload over the past three years.

Reporting Requirements

The candidates supported by the program are requested to submit a report (1-2 pages) to the Vice-Dean, Research by email within three months following the end of the time release (1-2 pages). This report will describe the important research accomplishments realized during the course release.

Proposal Submission

One PDF document including all elements of the proposal sent by e-mail to Sophie LeTouzé, Senior Research Advisor.

Please note: if the deadline falls on a weekend or statutory holiday it will be extended to the next working day. Incomplete and late applications will not be retained.

For more information, please contact Sophie LeTouzé.

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