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Application stage one: Letter of Intent

Applications for Interdisciplinary Studies of Writing grants proceed in two stages: a letter of intent, and an invited full application.

Stage one: Letter of intent (due March 6, 2020)

Please submit (via post or email) a Letter of Intent to Katie Levin (, who leads the ISW program. Katie will consult with you as you develop your full application. The letter should be addressed to Katie Levin, Center for Writing, 216 Pillsbury Drive SE, Minneapolis, MN 55455.

In this letter of no more than two pages, please include the following:

  • background on the project (what inspired your interest in this line of inquiry?)
  • a statement of need (given the current published conversation in disciplinary journals, pedagogical literature, or education research, what educational need or research gap will your project address?)
  • a brief overview of your research project as you are currently conceiving it (what do you plan to investigate?)
  • a summary of the methodology you intend to employ (how will you address your research question(s)?)
  • a brief justification for funding (what would grant funding enable you to do?)

You will receive a response to your letter no later than March 16; in that response, you may be invited to submit a full application to the review committee. The goal of the feedback in this response is to help applicants craft a successful full application. The full application may be an expanded version of the letter of intent, or it may represent revisions, minor or substantial.

Support during the application process

Katie Levin is available to consult with potential or actual applicants at any time during the process. Reach her at or at 612.624.7720.

Kate Peterson and Natalie Reynolds of the University Libraries have compiled an excellent resource page entirely devoted to the ISW grants program. Visit the page to find general WAC resources, useful databases, and a sampling of relevant journals.