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Professors As Writers

Writing Grants

A limited number of Writing Grants of up to $1500 are available for 3-4 successful faculty applicants. These one-time only grants are intended to support UVa faculty members facing the often difficult challenges of scholarly writing at any stages of their careers, and to provide funds for hiring an editorial or writing coach. Former PAW Grant Recipients report a range of benefits from participating in the program, including such comments as the following:

  • If it were not for this grant, I would have always considered hiring an editor a luxury that I cannot afford. Now, I realize that it is a necessity that I cannot afford not to have. It proved to be invaluable to my writing process.
  • This grant allowed me to establish a work schedule and deadlines throughout the year for my book project, which has always been on the “back burner” during the academic year in the past.

Eligible applicants include all full-time UVa faculty working on a scholarly writing project, including grant proposals as well as academic journal article or book manuscripts. This includes tenure-track and tenured faculty as well as Academic General Faculty with a long-term appointment. Adminstrative and Professional General Faculty may also be eligible, and should explain in their application how their project aligns with their current position or furthers their professional development at UVa.

Uses of Grant: Faculty may apply for a grant to work on a scholarly project, including grant proposals as well as mansucripts for academic journals or books. Faculty members awarded a grant may apply it towards the following expenditures, among others, as long as they are acceptable in your discipline and department:

  • hiring a writing coach to help you focus on time management or writing productivity
  • hiring an editorial coach for light to moderate editing or developmental editing for a writing project
  • hiring an editorial coach to help you improve your grant writing abilities and/or writing skill
  • hiring an editorial or writing coach to work with you and your co-authors on writing as a team
  • hiring a graduate student from your department to edit your work. Note: This has been particularly successful for former grant winners writing highly technical material and foreign nationals writing in English.

The grants are intended to help with writing and writing-related issues rather than with the technicalities of manuscript preparation (e.g., proof-reading, subventions, indexing, transcription).

What does the Program entail? In addition to an initial consultation with the Director of the PAW Program, grant winners are expected to meet twice during the year to discuss their writing projects and process with other grant recipients.

PAW Writing Grants must be spent by May 15 of the academic year awarded and may not be used for summer salary. Grant recipients will submit by June 1 of that academic year a final report detailing their expenditures and progress on their writing project(s).

Applications for a Writing Grant are due at the Teaching Resource Center [currently suspended]. Award winners will be notified in early November.

A complete application consists of these three parts:

  1. The on-line form (click to download) submitted electronically or by mail
  2. Your curriculum vitae
  3. A letter or email of support (click to download) from your department or program chair. This letter should both support your application and approve your proposed use of the gran money as appropriate to scholarly work in your discipline.

Selection Criteria:

To be competitive, a proposal must…

  • propose a well-thought out, feasible and reasonable plan, explaining how the Grant will be used, in as much detail as possible.
  • make a persuasive case for why the Grant will help the applicant complete or make significant progress on a written project
  • explain why this Grant is important to you at this point in your career and how it will further your professional development at UVa
  • include a compelling support letter from the chair that speaks both to the appropriateness of the applicant’s proposal within his/her scholarly field and to the possible effects the grant will have on the applicant’s scholarly productivity.

Submit electronic applications or direct questions to: