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Application stage one: Letter of Intent

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

Stage one: Letter of intent (due in InfoReady Friday, March 3, 2023)

WID grants are received and managed through the University's InfoReady Review system. Below are the instructions for the Letter of Intent that appear in InfoReady:

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 Monday, March 13; 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, due Friday, April 7. The full application may be an expanded version of the letter of intent, or it may represent revisions, minor or substantial. Final decisions will be made by Friday, April 28.

Support during the application process

Katie Levin and Dan Emery are available to consult with potential or actual applicants at any time during the process.

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