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Grants for the Study of Writing in the Disciplines

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Formerly known as Interdisciplinary Studies of Writing (ISW), the Grants for the Study of Writing in the Disciplines (WID Grants) program provides financial and consultative support for UMN faculty and instructors who want to learn more about how writing is conceptualized, taught, and learned (or unlearned) in the disciplines.

Mission of the WID Grants program

The WID Grants program offers small grants to support faculty & instructor research on writing in—or relevant to—academic disciplines. We define Writing In the Disciplines broadly: writing takes many forms (e.g., texts, objects, images) in different academic discourse communities, and it embraces many varieties of language and ways of knowing. WID Grants–funded research may connect disciplinary writing with spaces outside the University, and/or it may create deeper understandings of disciplinary writing within the University.

Application process

The application process involves two parts; the first part, submitting a letter of intent, must be completed by Friday, March 4, 2022. The second part, submitting a full application (if invited), must be completed by Monday, April 11, 2022. More information, including the link to apply, will be available soon.

Research consultations

Whether or not you intend to apply for a WID grant, program director Katie Levin (she/her/hers) welcomes the opportunity to talk with you about your ideas for research involving teaching with and learning through writing. Contact Katie at 612.624.7720 or


ISW Research Colloquium

Friday, November 8, 2019
135 Nicholson Hall

Join a disciplinarily diverse group of University of Minnesota faculty and staff for the ISW Writing Research Colloquium, an annual presentation and discussion of recent research projects funded by the Center for Writing's Interdisciplinary Studies of Writing (ISW) grants:

Teacher Conceptualizations and Implementation of Genre-Based Writing Pedagogy
Kate Paesani, Center for Advanced Research on Language Acquisition

Exploring Relevant Writing Instruction for Asian International Students: The Case of Korean International Students
Jungyeol Park, Curriculum & Instruction

Other conference and publication opportunities

Calendar of Calls for Papers/Proposals

From Traci Gardner, a calendar of CFPs in rhetoric, composition, technology, and technical writing. Includes instructions for how to add this resource to your own Google calendar.




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Katie Levin
10 Nicholson Hall
216 Pillsbury Dr SE
Minneapolis, MN 55455 612.624.7720