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English Department Grants and Awards

All student awards in the English department are administered by the department’s Curriculum Committee except the H. G. Merriam Award for Creative Work in the Humanities.

There are two application deadlines each year--one during the Fall semester, one during the Spring semester (deadlines below).  All travel grants are contingent on the proposed travel actually taking place.  Recipients of either travel grants or merit awards will in some cases be required to send letters of gratitude to the donors. 

The application process for English Department Travel Grants and Merit Awards has changed and will now be managed online through UW’s centralized system for scholarship and award application.

Listed below are brief descriptions of different grants and awards for which English students may apply, as well as additional information about eligibility and funding. This information is also available at the UW scholarships and awards application site.

Fall Travel Grants: Deadline November 15

Graduate Students Only:

Nanci and Sam Andrew English Department Graduate Studies Award (est. 2001):

Grants to graduate students in English for travel and research.

$ amount at discretion of Curriculum Committee, fall (travel only) and spring (travel or other)

Graduate or Undergraduate Students:

Janice H. Harris Excellence Fund (est. 2008):

Grants to English majors and graduate students for travel to conferences, second-language immersion programs, acquisition of special editions of texts and other special educational opportunities. 

$ amount at discretion of Curriculum Committee, fall (travel only) and spring (travel or other)

Eleanor M. Kambouris Student Excellence Fund (est. 2007):

Eleanor M. Kambouris travel and research grants. 

$ amount at discretion of Curriculum Committee, fall (travel only) and spring (travel or other)

Undergraduate Students Only:

Jane L. Tanner Study Abroad Award (est. 2002):

Award for undergraduate English majors, sophomore or above with 3.0 GPA or better, for up to a year of study abroad (minimum eight weeks).  At most 80% of the budgeted costs will be reimbursed.  Award will appear as a lump sum deposit in UW student account.

$ typically $1000-3000 but amount at discretion of Curriculum Committee, fall and spring

English Study Abroad Scholarship Award (est. ?):

Smaller awards for travel not of the scope or duration required by other travel awards. Award will appear as a lump sum deposit in UW student account.

$ amount at discretion of Curriculum Committee, fall and spring.

Spring Travel Grants and Merit Awards: Deadline February

Please follow the links above to apply for these funding opportunities.

Graduate Students Only:

Nanci and Sam Andrew English Department Graduate Studies Award (est. 2001):

Travel grants:  Grants to graduate students in English for travel and research.  Also awarded in the fall.

$ amount at discretion of Curriculum Committee, fall (travel only) and spring

Graduate or Undergraduate Students:

Robert J. and Vivian R. Geer Scholarship (est. 2011):

Awards to English majors and graduate students in odd-numbered years.  In even-numbered years the award is conferred in the Department of Modern and Classical Languages. Award will appear as a lump sum deposit in UW student account.

$ typically $1,000, spring only

Janice H. Harris Excellence Fund (est. 2008):

Grants to English majors and graduate students for travel to conferences, second-language immersion programs, acquisition of special editions of texts and other special educational opportunities.  Also awarded in the fall.

$ amount at discretion of Curriculum Committee, fall (travel only) and spring (travel or other)

Eleanor M. Kambouris Student Excellence Fund (est. 2007):

Travel grants:  Grants to English majors or graduate students in English for travel and research.  Also awarded in the fall.

$ amount at discretion of Curriculum Committee, fall (travel only) and spring

James F. & Margaret A. Wilson Award Honoring Mabel Land Dekay (est. 1965):

Award for junior, senior, or graduate student who must enroll the following year in the College of Arts and Science with an English major at UW.  Award will appear as a lump sum deposit in UW student account.

$ typically $500 but amount at discretion of Curriculum Committee, spring only

Undergraduate Students Only:

Wilson O. Clough Award (est. 1982):

Awards to undergraduate English majors who must enroll the following year in the College of Arts and Science with an English major at UW.   Award will appear as a lump sum deposit in UW student account.

$ typically $1000, but amount at discretion of Curriculum Committee, spring only

Ruth Hudson Memorial Award (est. ?):

Awards to English majors who must enroll the following year in the College of Arts and Science with an English major at UW.  Preference will be given to women who apply.  Award will appear as a lump sum deposit in UW student account.

$ typically $500 but amount at discretion of Curriculum Committee, spring only

Clara F. McIntyre Award: (est. 1962):

Awards to 1) a senior English major who intends to pursue graduate study at the University of Wyoming or elsewhere, or 2) a junior English major.  It is not intended for students who are already graduate students. It is only to be given to a junior in the absence of senior meeting the criteria.  Preference will be given to women who apply.  Award will appear as a lump sum deposit in UW student account.

$ typically $1000 but amount at discretion of Curriculum Committee, spring only

Sandy Schwartzkopf Scholarship Trust (est. 2000):

Award for non-traditional student over 25 who must enroll the following year in the College of Arts and Science with an English major at UW.  Award will appear as a lump sum deposit in UW student account.

$ amount at discretion of Curriculum Committee, spring only

Jane L. Tanner Study Abroad Award (est. 2002):

Award for undergraduate English majors, sophomore or above with 3.0 GPA, for up to a year of study abroad (minimum eight weeks).  At most 80% of the budgeted costs will be reimbursed.  Award will appear as a lump sum deposit in UW student account.  Also awarded in the fall.

$ typically $1000-3000 but amount at discretion of Curriculum Committee, fall and spring

Tips and Frequently Asked Questions:

Travel Grants:

  1. Indicate all sources of confirmed and possible funding.  Update your application with current information, if it changes.
  2. Give concrete evidence of your role in the event to which you are traveling.  Papers and panels are more likely to get funding than just self-nourishment.
  3. Don’t inflate travel costs or per diem costs.  In many cases federal per diem is two or three times what an economical scholar needs.  Reasonable budgets will always be preferred over unreasonable ones.  Unreasonable ones may be trimmed.
  4. Explain clearly the benefits of your travel for your research or creative project and give evidence of past travel that has borne fruit.  Explain how this project fits into your English department work.

Merit Awards and General Tips:

  1. Make sure to proofread your application and eliminate all known errors of style and diction.  Put your best foot forward—not into your mouth.
  2. Ensure that your referee has a copy of your application and addresses its merits in the reference letter.  General character references are not so helpful.
  3. If the same referee writes for more than one applicant, the referee must clearly indicate the order in which they rank.
  4. Quality is more impressive than quantity in selecting your writing sample.  Likewise, a recent piece will likely mean more than one several years old.

H. G. Merriam Award for Creative Work in the Humanities

 ($500, to be deposited into your UW account)

In 1976 retired professor Harold Guy Merriam (1883-1980) endowed this award “to be used . . . for study, by an undergraduate or graduate student in the University, of some cultural aspect of life in the Rocky Mountain region of our country, or for a cultural work characteristic of the region . . . in appreciation of the instruction I received.”  Merriam, a UW graduate in the class of 1903, received one of the first Rhodes Scholarships in 1904 and subsequently read English language and literature for two degrees at Oxford University (Lincoln College).  He taught at Whitman, Beloit, and Reed Colleges and in later life received a doctorate from Columbia University.  In 1919 he began a thirty-five year career building the creative writing program at the University of Montana, where he also endowed a prize and scholarship.  He directed the federal WPA writers’ project in Montana and was one of the founding members of the Wyoming chapter of Phi Beta Kappa (1940).  In 1962 UW awarded him an honorary degree.

Past submissions for the award have been literary (poetry, essay, fiction, drama), musical (recording), and artistic (painting, photography, sculpture), and we encourage this year’s applicants to submit from any of these categories. To be eligible for this award, you must currently be a University of Wyoming student.

To apply, use the online AcademicWorks scholarship system.

The committee reserves the right not to confer this award in the absence of suitable applications.

 


Merriam Award


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