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Composition Guidebook Fund Guidelines
Generally, the funds generated by the sale of The UND Guide to College Composition are used to support the needs and initiatives of the Composition Program (such as stipends, books, duplicating, or workshop expenses). However, funds that are not being used in this manner can be distributed to those who apply in the manner described below:
§ Three funding periods/application deadlines per year (September 15 for fall; January 31 for spring, and April 15 for late spring/summer). Most frequently, applications will be for upcoming funding, but the committee will consider retroactive reimbursement.
§ Applicants should submit a short letter describing the activity for which they are requesting funds. Applications should include an estimated budget and any supporting materials (a letter which documents participation in the program or information about the conference or event to which the applicant plans to travel). In addition, applicants should indicate other sources of funding for which they intend to apply, and, when possible, applicants should indicate the amount of other awards that they have received.
§ Guidebook funds will support the following activities of those currently teaching in the Composition Program (listed in order of highest priority):
- Program Development (money to support projects, research, or presentations that will result in a stronger composition curriculum).
- Travel to conferences for PhD students to make a presentation.
- Travel to conferences for Lecturers to make a presentation.
- Travel to conferences for MA students to make a presentation.
- Travel and/or Registration for conference, meeting, or workshop associated with professional development in Composition and Pedagogy (prioritized in this order: PhD student, Lecturer, Faculty Member who regularly teaches in the Composition Program, MA student).
Requests for funding that do not fit into any of the above categories can be made, but they will be of lower priority. Funds will not be used to purchase research materials for individuals.
Note: Graduate Students applying for travel to present at conferences should keep in mind that travel is expensive and that Guidebook funding, generally, only covers a small portion of the costs you will incur. Be aware that presenting at conferences can be of limited professional value (especially for those in the early years of their graduate education), so it is important to think carefully, and perhaps to seek advice from the Director of Graduate Studies, before committing to expensive, long-distance travel. The educational benefits of presenting at a conference can often be achieved through participation in UND’s own annual graduate conference and/or through more cost-efficient travel to regional conferences. Because of the reduced cost of regional travel, Guidebook funds can often cover the full cost of such requests.
§ The Committee will fund proposals to the degree possible depending on the number applications and the funds available. Graduate Students should be aware that they can request additional travel funds from the Graduate School by filling out a “Student Presentation Funding Request.”
§ Applications will be evaluated according to the following criteria:
- The priority level (see above) of the proposed activity.
- The applicant’s level of engagement with teaching and with the Composition Program.
- The relevance of the proposed activity for the applicant’s professional development.
- The number of times that the applicant has previously received Guidebook funds.
- The extent to which the applicant has sought other available funding.