Privileges available to Faculty Retiring under the (FPRP)

The following is a summary of privileges afforded to faculty once fully retired.

Emeritus Title

The title of Emeritus is granted to members of the teaching faculty in certain ranks when they retire, provided they have reached age 55 with a number of years of service at Yale in one of the eligible ranks that added to their age equals at least 75.

Research Professor Title

Retired tenured faculty wishing to hold the title “Research Professor” for the purpose of grant applications may submit a proposal of planned research activities to the Office of the Provost.

Research Sponsorship and Appointments

In deciding whether to sponsor, totally or in part, retired faculty members’ applications for grants or contracts, and whether it will authorize research appointments for retired faculty members on the grants or contracts of non-retired members of the faculty, the university considers the contribution of the proposed research to the university community, its demand upon physical facilities, and its direct and indirect effects on other research and training programs of the department and the university. The same considerations govern decisions to authorize retired members of the faculty to work with postdoctoral appointees and, if so, in what numbers.

During the period that an emeritus faculty member is being paid from a grant, he or she will be entitled to all fringe benefits normally accorded to senior research scientists/scholars, as long as these benefits are entirely chargeable to the grant. Fringe benefits are accorded only to employees who are paid for half time or more. An emeritus faculty member may be paid salary from the grant or contract for any fraction of his or her time, up to 100 percent. The Office of the Provost or dean will set the salary, except that in no case may it exceed any cap imposed by the granting or contracting agency.


Retired tenured faculty in the Faculty of Arts and Sciences may teach one course per year depending on the needs of the depart­ment. For all inquiries about teaching engagements during retire­ment, faculty should contact the department chair. Retired profes­sional school faculty should consult with the appropriate school dean.

Graduate Student Advising

Retired tenured faculty are welcome to volunteer to serve on graduate students’ advisory committees or as readers of dissertations.

Office and Research Space

While available office space must first accommodate those who have not retired, every attempt will be made to provide office space to retired faculty. Availability varies by department and across schools. Space may be available for retired faculty in interdisciplinary environments, such as the Koerner Center and West Campus.

Research space is limited and may be assigned to retired faculty if circumstances permit and need can be demonstrated, as for example by an active and well-funded research program. The Office of the Provost or appropriate professional school dean, on the recommendation of the department chair, will make the assignment. The amount of research space provided will, in most instances, be substantially less than the amount occupied before retirement. Assignments of office and laboratory space to retired faculty will be reviewed annually to determine whether renewal is possible in the context of competing needs.


Spaces will be assigned, generally with the same priority, but at the lowest rate category.


Stack and borrowing privileges continue at the same level as for active faculty.


Retired tenured faculty are entitled to keep for their own use computers provided for them by the university prior to their retirement.

Email and Remote Access to Yale Network

Retired tenured faculty continue to have an active “” email address as well as re­mote connection to the Yale network through Yale’s Virtual Private Network (VPN).

Fellowships in the Residential Colleges

Emeritus fellow status is determined by the masters and fellows of the colleges.

Dining Halls

All Emeriti Fellows are provided free lunches Mon­day through Friday in any residential college dining hall, University Commons, or the Hall of Graduate Studies. Anyone connected with the university, including all retired faculty and their guests, may eat in any university dining hall and pay cash.

Sports and Recreational Facilities

Privileges and access continue for retired faculty to sports and recreational facilities, such as the Payne Whitney Gymnasium and the Outdoor Education Center in East Lyme.

Koerner Center

The Henry Koerner Center for Emeritus Faculty is home to a diverse and interdisciplinary community of emeriti faculty (known as fellows of the Koerner Center), who have worked in various fields of study during active teaching but enjoy collegial interaction during retirement. The center hosts many social, speaking, teaching and cultural functions and activities. Fellows are invited to frequent workshops and seminars, as well as social engagements and meals at the Graduate Club. Office space at the Koerner Center is limited.