Creative Sabbatical FAQ


Who should apply?

Writers, artists, scholars, professionals, innovators and entrepreneurs are encouraged to apply. WISC seeks proposals that celebrate the legacy of the Acequia Madre House women that are aligned with our focus areas, broadly defined, as the arts, sciences, cultural preservation, business and philanthropy.

Everyone is welcome at WISC to pursue work relevant to the interests and experiences of women.



Applications are open year round.


Notification Dates

 Accepted fellows will be notified about two weeks after they apply.

Sabbatical Periods

Applicants will be asked to suggest three choices of residency dates, in order of preference. 



The proposal, limited to 500 words, should include:

1. A description of your project with a timeline.
2. The current status of your work on this topic.
3. How the project relates to the WISC focus areas.
4. How a sabbatical at WISC will help you further your progress.

Proposal Review

Applicants will be reviewed by the WISC Creative Sabbatical Committee made up of prominent academics, artists, scientists, et al., who are recognized in their fields. The Committee uses the following guiding principles to assess applications:
  • Proposed subject relates to one or more of the WISC focus areas, broadly defined as the arts, sciences, cultural preservation, business and philanthropy.
  • Subject relates to women’s interests, status and experiences.
  • Applicant has a significant record of achievement, scholarship, or experience commensurate with age and career stage.
  • Proposal will contribute to scholarship or enhance the literature or other elements, such as best practices, in the subject area.
  • Project is well conceived, clearly articulated with well-defined outcomes.
  • Residency will benefit the applicant’s study or opportunities for accomplishment in his/her field.
  • Applicant would work well within a diverse community at WISC with Fellows-in-Residence.




WISC understands and agrees that the applicant may provide certain information (proposed original work) that is and must be kept confidential. To ensure the protection of such information, WISC agrees to limit disclosure of confidential information within its own organization to its directors, advisors, partners, employees and/or independent contractors (collectively referred to as “affiliates”) having a need to access the confidential information. WISC and affiliates will not disclose the confidential information obtained from the applicant unless required to do so by law.


Need more information?

If you have other specific questions, please contact us at 505-983-6538 or email