Walter Isle Memorial Endowment

The Walter Isle Memorial Endowment offers competitive research and travel grants to English majors for summer research and writing projects addressing environmental and/or ecological topics. Awards typically range from $750.00 to $1,500.00. A scholar or scholars will be selected annually based on the merit of proposals and the feasibility for successful completion of research or writing projects. Winners of the prize will be asked to write a summary of their research for the award donors in the fall semester. Applications are due March 1st and are reviewed by the Awards and Prizes Committee; awards are announced by mid-April.


English Majors are eligible to apply. In rare instances, non-majors with substantial course work in English (including 200 and 300) may receive awards. Ideally, applicants will be juniors and will complete their proposed research during the summer before their senior year; however, eligibility is not limited to juniors.

How to Apply

Applications should include:  

  • A one-page statement of research or project. Be as specific as possible.   

  • A budget for the project. Funds typically are used for travel, workshop tuition or residency fees, and research. Funds may not be used to purchase equipment for projects such as cameras or backpacks. Original receipts must be provided for expenditures.  

  • A letter of recommendation from an English Department faculty member supporting the research or creative proposal, and noting the probability of its completion. Faculty supporters should be willing to review and comment on finished projects.  

  • Writing sample of approximately five pages. 

  • Send your materials as a single pdf to with "(current year) Walter Isle Memorial Submission" in the subject line of the email by March 1.