About IWCA / Grants

IWCA Provides the Following Research and Graduate Research Grants

  • Research grants for professionals and graduate students whose research focuses on writing centers, awarded twice a year—proposals due January 15 and July 15.
  • Dissertation grant for doctoral students who have had a prospectus approved and are researching/drafting a dissertation–proposals due April 15 of each year.
  • Speaker grants to regional IWCA affiliates, awarded once a year upon request to the Treasurer.

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 Ben Rafoth Graduate Research Grant—see below.)

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:

  • Cover letter addressed to current chair of the Research Grants Committee; 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

Those receiving grants then agree that they will do the following:

  • Acknowledge IWCA support in any presentation or publication of the resulting research findings
  • Forward to IWCA, in care of the chair of the Research Grants Committee, copies of resulting publications or presentations
  • File a progress report to the IWCA, in care of the chair of the Research Grants Committee, 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 chair of the Research Grants committee
  • Strongly consider submitting a manuscript based on the supported research to one of the IWCA affiliated publications, WLN: A Journal of Writing Center Scholarship, 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 15 and July 15. After each deadline, the chair of the Research Grants Committee will forward copies of the complete packet to the committee members 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: All applications must be made through the IWCA portal. Submissions should completed by January 15 or July 15 depending on grant cycle. For further information or questions, contact the current chair of the Research Grants Committee, Mike Mattison, mmattison@wittenberg.edu.

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 master’s 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 $1000. NOTE: IWCA reserves the right to modify the award amount.

Application

Complete application packets will contain the following items:

  • Cover letter addressed to current chair of the Research Grants Committee; 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

Those receiving grants then agree that they will do the following:

  • Acknowledge IWCA support in any presentation or publication of the resulting research findings
  • Forward to IWCA, in care of the chair of the Research Grants Committee, copies of resulting publications or presentations
  • File a progress report to the IWCA, in care of the chair of the Research Grants Committee, 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 chair of the Research Grants Committee
  • Strongly consider submitting a manuscript based on the supported research to one of the IWCA affiliated publications, WLN: A Journal of Writing Center Scholarship, The Writing Center Journal, The Peer Review, 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 15 and July 15. After each deadline, the chair of the Research Grants Committee will forward copies of the complete packet to the committee members 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: All applications must be made through the IWCA portal. Submissions should completed by January 15 or July 15 depending on grant cycle. For further information or questions, contact the current chair of the Research Grants Committee, Mike Mattison, mmattison@wittenberg.edu.

IWCA Dissertation Grant

Applications now being accepted through the IWCA portal

Deadline
April 15, 2017

Purpose

The International Writing Centers Association (IWCA) serves to strengthen the writing center community through all of its activities. The organization offers The IWCA Dissertation Research Grant to support doctoral students as they work on writing center-related dissertations. The grant is intended to fund expenses incurred by doctoral students who are working toward completion of a dissertation and a doctoral degree. The funds may be used for living expenses; supplies, materials, and software; travel to research sites, to present research, or to attend conferences or institutes relevant to the profession; and other purposes not covered here but supportive of a dissertating graduate student. Doctoral students who have an approved prospectus and are at any stage of research/writing beyond the prospectus are encouraged to apply.

Award

Grant recipients will receive a $5000 check from IWCA upon selection as the award winner.

Application

Complete application packets will contain the following items in one pdf file.

  • Cover letter addressed to current chair, IWCA Grants Committee (Mike Mattison); the letter should do the following:
    1.      Request IWCA’s consideration of the application
    2.      Introduce the applicant and the project
    3.      Outline plans for completion of the project
  • Curriculum Vitae
  • Approved prospectus
  • Two letters of reference: One from the dissertation director and one from a second member of the dissertation committee

Grant recipients will agree to the following:

  • Acknowledge IWCA support in any presentation or publication of the resulting research findings
  • Forward to IWCA, in care of the Grants Committee Chair, copies of resulting publications or presentations
  • File a progress report with the IWCA, in care of the Grants Committee Chair, due within twelve months of receipt of grant monies.
  • Upon completion of the project, submit a final project report and a PDF of the completed dissertation to the IWCA Board, in care of the Grants Committee Chair
  • Strongly consider submitting a manuscript based on the supported research to one of the three IWCA affiliated publications, WLN: A Journal of Writing Center Scholarship, The Writing Center Journal, or to The Peer Review. 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.

Past Grant Recipients

Click here to download a list of past grant recipients.

IWCA Grants and Awards Committee Calendar

January 15th: Deadline for winter submissions: Research Grant and Rafoth Graduate Grant
January 16th-February 14th: Reading applications

February 15th: Recommendation to IWCA President
End of February: Recruit past winners to present at IWCA Conference

March 1st: Begin advertising Dissertation Grant

April 15th: Deadline for submissions: Dissertation Grant
April 16th-May 14th: Reading applications

May 15th: Recommendations to IWCA President

June 1st: Begin advertising Research Grant and Rafoth Graduate Grant

July 15th: Deadline for summer submissions: Research Grant and Rafoth Graduate Grant
July 16th-August 14th: Reading applications

August 15th: Recommendations to IWCA President

December 1st: Begin advertising Research Grant and Rafoth Graduate Grant

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