MWCA Scholarship & Travel Grants

MWCA Scholarship & Travel Grant awards are offered to undergraduate, graduate, and professional writing center consultants and staff who are attending or presenting their research and scholarship at IWCA, NCPTW, or the MWCA conferences. All undergraduate, graduate, and professional student writing consultants and staff who are attending or presenting at the conference are encouraged to apply for funding.

Below is information on the award, eligibility, and application process for the 2016 IWCA conference.

Award: 

The award is up to $150. (Does not cover registration fees. MWCA reserves the right to modify this amount.)

Eligibility:

Applicants must be active members of the MWCA and undergraduate students, graduate students, or professionals currently working in MWCA member writing centers. Visit MWCAmembers.org to check if your membership is active.

The MWCA board especially welcomes applications from members of underrepresented groups (people from underrepresented groups may self-identify on the required application form) and people who have never presented at or attended a regional MWCA conference or the IWCA or NCPTW conferences.

Please note that MWCA grants are competitive; applicants are not guaranteed funding. The number of grants we award depends on the funding available to the MWCA and the quality of applications.

Application Process:

For consideration for the 2016 IWCA Conference, a Scholarship & Travel Grant application and a letter of application (approximately 3000 characters) should be submitted via email to mhaen@wisc.edu with the subject line “IWCA 2016 Travel Grant” by September 16th, 2016. Note: Please simply download the application as a Word document and edit it in that manner. Do not attempt to open as a Google document and edit it.

The letter of application should discuss how the applicant’s experiences working in writing centers, including daily consulting/tutoring, research, and/or administrative work, make the applicant a good candidate for a Scholarship & Travel Grant. Good candidates are people who, through their letters, demonstrate:

  • evidence of commitment to writing center work (not merely that the candidate works in a writing center)
  • how they would benefit from IWCA conference participation
  • how their presence/participation would enrich the IWCA conference, e.g., the impact of their research or its interest to the field, their contribution to the diversity of the conference, etc.

The audience for the letter—members of the MWCA Board—are writing center professionals from a variety of educational settings who must award funding to candidates based solely upon what appears in the letter. Frequently, the Board receives over five times as many letters as it has awards to give. Therefore, a letter that appears not to have been carefully composed is unlikely to win funding.

Student Applications:

Regarding student applications, the writing center director will notified of student applications via email and CCed on correspondence. In addition, if the review committee has questions about an application, they may wish to contact the applicant’s writing center director. Directors applying for the professional grant may simply include their own contact information here.

Notification of awards will be sent on October 1st, 2016. 

Contact Mike Haen, mhaen@wisc.edu with any questions.