Providing travel grants for peer tutors is of paramount importance for NCPTW. Each year we provide thousands of dollars in awards to assist peer tutors in attending the annual National Conference on Peer Tutoring in Writing.

One woman and two men posing for the camera.
Colin Sato (c), keynote speaker at the 2012 conference in Chicago, Illinois with colleagues.

2020 Awards

The National Conference on Peer Tutoring in Writing is making available up to $7500 this year to fund peer writing tutors who are traveling to present their research at the 2020 NCPTW conference. Grants will be awarded at the conference, and recipients will be recognized in the conference program.

The deadline is midnight EDT on June 30th, 2020.


Individual high school, undergraduate, or graduate student peer tutors who have proposed a conference presentation (poster, individual paper, workshop, or other) may apply for ONE of the two grants listed below (not both), provided all qualifications for the grant are met. Only applicants who are accepted to present at the conference will be eligible to receive a grant.


Applications will be accepted from individual peer tutors only; no group or team applications will be accepted.

Incomplete applications will not be considered.

Applicants should have undergraduate or graduate peer tutor status during the 2020 academic year. (Applicants who will not have peer tutor status during 2020 must provide a note of explanation in the cover letter.)

Applicants must not be employed as a professional (faculty, staff, part-time director/assistant director, etc.) during Fall 2020 when the conference takes place.


Two men and a woman pose in a large conference hall.
Romeo García (l), Jorge Ortega (m), and 2018 keynote speaker Aja Y. Martinez (r).

Tutors may apply for one of two awards listed below. The final award amounts will be determined by the committee.

Emerging Scholar Awards: up to $500 each. This grant supports tutors who are making significant contributions to the local, regional, or (inter)national scholarly conversation about peer tutoring through their daily practices and reflections on that practice; through mentoring and/or administrative duties in their home writing centers; through presentations at conferences or elsewhere; through research and publication; or in other ways. In their application letters, applicants for an Emerging Scholar Award must address how they are contributing to the conversation about peer tutoring. Grants of up to $500 will be awarded in this category. Lower amounts may be awarded based on the applicant pool and availability of funds.

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2019 NCPTW Travel Grant Recipients with Travel Grants Chair, Travis Adams (fifth from the right)

NCPTW Trustees Awards: up to $500 each. This grant supports tutors who are contributing in significant ways to writing center pedagogy and theory and are from institutions that are typically underrepresented at NCPTW conferences, including historically black, Hispanic-serving, or tribal colleges and universities; secondary schools and two-year colleges; and schools for the blind or deaf. The grant may also support tutors traveling to the conference from outside the U.S. and tutors from historically underrepresented groups, including LGBTQ tutors, tutors with a disability, and tutors who self-identify with one or more of the following races/ethnicities: American Indian or Alaskan Native; Asian; Black or African American; Mexican American, Puerto Rican, other Latino/a; Native Hawaiian, or Pacific Islander. The purpose of this grant is to facilitate the inclusion of a range of diverse voices and perspectives at our conference, and to support the travel of tutors who might not otherwise be able to attend. Applicants must indicate their eligibility on the application form to be considered for this grant. Grants of up to $500 will be awarded in this category. Lower amounts may be awarded based on the applicant pool and availability of funds.

Additional Award Opportunity

Travel Awards: These smaller grants cover the cost of registration. All applicants who are not selected for one of the larger awards will become eligible for one of the Travel Award grants. Applicants may not apply directly for a Travel Award grant.

To Apply

Information about travel grants for 2020 will be coming soon.