IWCA Research and Graduate Research Grants

Research Grants

Purpose

The International Writing Centers Association (IWCA) serves to strengthen the writing center community through all of its activities. The IWCA offers its Research Grant to encourage scholars to apply and advance existing theories and methods or create new knowledge. This grant supports quantitative, qualitative, theoretical, and applied projects associated with writing center research and application. While travel funding is not the primary purpose of this grant, we have supported travel as part of specific research activities (e.g. traveling to specific sites, libraries or archives to conduct research). This fund is not intended to support conference travel only; instead the travel must be part of a larger research program stipulated in the grant request. (Please note: Applicants seeking support for theses and dissertations are not eligible for this grant; instead, they should apply for the IWCA Graduate Research Grant).

Award

Applicants may apply for up to $1000. NOTE: IWCA reserves the right to modify the amount.

Application

Complete application packets will contain the following items (electronic applications accepted):

  • Cover letter addressed to current IWCA President; the letter should do the following:
  1. Request IWCA’s consideration of the application
  2. Introduce the applicant and the project
  3. Specify how grant monies will be used (materials, in-process research travel, photocopying, postage, etc.)
  • Project Summary: 1-3 page summary of the proposed project, its research questions and goals, methods, schedule, current status, etc. Locate the project within relevant, extant literature.
  • Curriculum Vitae
  • Acknowledge IWCA support in any presentation or publication of the resulting research findings
  • Forward to IWCA, in care of the Executive Secretary, copies of resulting publications or presentations
  • File a progress report to the IWCA, in care of the Executive Secretary, due within twelve months of receipt of grant monies. Upon completion of the project, submit a final project report to the IWCA Board, in care of the Executive Secretary
  • Strongly consider submitting a manuscript based on the supported research to one of the three IWCA affiliated publications, The Writing Lab Newsletter, The Writing Center Journal, or to the International Writing Centers Association Press. Be willing to work with the editor(s) and reviewer(s) to revise the manuscript for possible publication

Process

Proposal deadlines are January 1st and July 1st . After each deadline, the IWCA President will forward copies of the complete packet to the IWCA Research Awards Committee for consideration, discussion, and vote. Applicants can expect notification 4-6 weeks from receipt of application materials.

Stipulations

The following stipulations adhere to supported projects: Send all materials electronically or via postal mail to the IWCA President. Submissions should be emailed or postmarked by January 1 or July 1 depending on grant cycle. Names and addresses of the President and the Executive Secretary are available here. For further information, contact the current IWCA President or Executive Secretary.

The IWCA Ben Rafoth Graduate Research Grant

Purpose

The International Writing Centers Association (IWCA) serves to strengthen the writing center community through all of its activities. The organization offers The IWCA Ben Rafoth Graduate Research Grant to encourage the development of new knowledge and the innovative application of existing theories and methods. This grant supports research projects associated with a masters thesis or a doctoral dissertation. While travel funding is not the primary purpose of this grant, we have supported travel as part of specific research activities (e.g. traveling to specific sites, libraries or archives to conduct research). This fund is not intended to support conference travel only; instead the travel must be part of a larger research program stipulated in the grant request.

Award

Applicants may apply for up to $750. NOTE: IWCA reserves the right to modify the award amount.

Application

Complete application packets will contain the following items (electronic applications accepted):

  • Cover letter addressed to current IWCA President; the letter should do the following:
  1. Request IWCA’s consideration of the application
  2. Introduce the applicant and the project
  3. Specify how grant monies will be used (materials, in-process research travel, photocopying, postage, etc.)
  • Project Summary: 1-3 page summary of the proposed project, its research questions and goals, methods, schedule, current status, etc. Locate the project within relevant, extant literature.
  • Curriculum Vitae
  • Acknowledge IWCA support in any presentation or publication of the resulting research findings
  • Forward to IWCA, in care of the Executive Secretary, copies of resulting publications or presentations
  • File a progress report to the IWCA, in care of the Executive Secretary, due within twelve months of receipt of grant monies. Upon completion of the project, submit a final project report to the IWCA Board, in care of the Executive Secretary
  • Strongly consider submitting a manuscript based on the supported research to one of the three IWCA affiliated publications, The Writing Lab Newsletter, The Writing Center Journal, or to the International Writing Centers Association Press. Be willing to work with the editor(s) and reviewer(s) to revise the manuscript for possible publication

NOTE: The cover letter sells the IWCA Board on the mutual benefits that will result from their financial support. Anything that applicants do to link this project to their specific career goals and to the needs of the writing center community is welcome.

Process

Proposal deadlines are January 1 st and July 1 st . After each deadline, the IWCA President will forward copies of the complete packet to the IWCA Research Awards Committee for consideration, discussion, and vote. Applicants can expect notification 4-6 weeks from receipt of application materials.

Stipulations

The following stipulations adhere to supported projects:
Send all materials electronically or via postal mail to the IWCA President. Submissions should be emailed or postmarked by January 1 or July 1 depending on grant cycle. Names and addresses of the President and the Executive Secretary are available here.

For further information, contact the current IWCA President or Executive Secretary.

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