Providing Paid Educational Leave to Eligible Employees Completing Their Associate, Bachelor, Master, or Doctoral Degrees.

The Grant-in-Aid program supports FGCU's commitment to the development and retention of high-performing, qualified faculty and staff. 

About Grant-in-Aid

Eligibility requirements and selection criteria

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  • 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 Associate, Bachelor, Master or Doctoral degree.
  • Applicants must be U.S. citizens or permanent residents.

Applicants will be evaluated on specific criteria

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


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Click HERE to apply

If you encounter any errors while applying, please contact Dr. Daniel Hoover (

Paid Educational Leave 

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.

When full-time leave is granted, the employee will receive their full salary.  The award recipient is required to carry a full-time course load but does not have to perform any work-related duties at FGCU.  When half-time leave is granted, the employee will receive their full salary.  The award recipient is required to work half-time and carry a half-time course load.  At the doctoral level, satisfactory progress toward the degree is required.

Deadline: Monday, March 11, 2024 by 5:00 PM 

The Grant-in-Aid Committee will meet on March 19, 2024 at 11 AM in Edwards Hall 210

Grant-in-Aid Funding is Provided Through the FGCU Office of the President.