Lecturer Travel Grant

English Department Lecturer Travel Grants – Application Guidelines

In order to support Lecturers in their development as educators and in order to enhance excellent teaching at San Francisco State University, the Composition Program will offer 3 travel grants to Lecturers in AY 2017-2018 as follows:

  • One award in an amount up to $500 for national travel
  • Two awards each in an amount up to $250 for local/regional travel

We hope that these funds will help offset registration and/or travel costs as Lecturers seek out quality professional development opportunities that will positively impact their teaching in the English Department at SFSU.

Application Deadlines

Fall Deadline: November 10, 2017

Spring Deadline: March 1, 2018


You can download the application here.

Award Criteria

The goal of this travel award program is to make funding opportunities available to Lecturers across the department with diverse interests and teaching experience. The primary criteria for selection will be based on:

  • the likelihood that the travel will positively impact teaching effectiveness in the English Department at San Francisco State University.

Other criteria taken into consideration include

  • clear articulation of the applicant’s professional goals for attending the conference
  • clear explanation of how funds will be used
  • clear explanation how the applicant awardee will share what s/he learned after the conference

Note that preference will be given to applicants who are scheduled to present at a conference.

Application Process

To apply, please submit an application form, the conference schedule or link to the conference website, and (if relevant) a copy of a conference abstract, to the Director of Composition, Tara Lockhart (taralock@sfsu.edu). Your application will be forwarded to the Faculty Support and Mentoring Committee, whose members are charged with reviewing and selecting awardees.

Awards will be disbursed in early fall and, if funds remain, in early spring.  Awardees must complete Authorization to Travel forms before travel, and should familiarize themselves with Travel procedures and paperwork on the English Department website (About à Travel Resources).

Post-conference Sharing

All awardees are asked to share their conference experience with the Department community in at least one of 3 ways:  (1) by submitting a short description (1 paragraph) of your conference participation to the Department newsletter; (2) by attending a Department Coffee Break, during which you can share your conference highlights in an informal networking setting; or (3) by participating in a “brown bag” discussion, open to all department faculty, to share highlights of your conference experience.