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Funding/Grant Opportunities

List current as of January 31, 2020

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Institute of International Education

  • Includes both open and university-specific funding opportunities, but will require you to establish search parameters

The Linguist List

  • Emphasizes most of the big grants available (NSF, NIH, etc.), but has a few less well-known opportunities as well

College of Linguistics, Languages, and Literature (University of Hawai’a at Mānoa)

Hawaii Community Foundation

  • One general application can be sent to multiple organizations, and will filter based on your eligibility for scholarships

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University of Hawaii Resources

Charlene Sato Memorial Scholarship

  • Established in honor of Dr. Charlene Sato
  • Funds to be provided to undergraduate and graduate students pursuing academic work related to Hawai’i Creole English

Elizabeth Carr Holmes Scholarship

  • Established in honor of Dr. Elizabeth Carr Holmes, emeritus professor of Speech at the University of Hawai‘i
  • Provides funds to students in the BA, MA, AGC, and PhD in SLS programs to carry out program-related research
  • Preference given to students conducting research for scholarly papers, theses, and dissertations

Russell J. & Dorothy S. Bilinski Fellowships in Second Language Studies

  • For SLS PhD Students
  • Dissertation Fellowship: $15,000/semester for up to 3 semesters
  • Pre-Disseration Research Award: $5,000
  • Application due March 1st, notification mid-March

Ruth Crymes Memorial Grant

  • Established in honor of Dr. Ruth Crymes, former University of Hawai’I faculty member and president of International TESOL
  • Income from the grant supports full-time degree-seeking students with expenses such as travel associated with conference presentation and research, and registration for conference presentation
  • Helped to establish the Harry Whitten Prize for Scholarly Excellence (https://www.hawaii.edu/sls/graduate/funding/whitten-prize/)

SLS Graduate ʻOihana Maikaʻi Fund

  • Awards issued through a fund created by SLS alumni Susan Proctor and Jonathan Hull
  • Awards may be made used to cover the costs of tuition, fees, books, supplies, conference fees, travel expenses, research costs, and financial support for other academic needs

College of Linguistics, Languages, and Literature (University of Hawai’a at Mānoa)

Harriet Bouslog Labor Scholarship

  • For UHM students related to a current, retired or deceased member of ILWU Local 142, or who are a current member themselves
  • $2,000 per semester

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Research Grants & Fellowships

AERA Dissertation Grants

  • Emphasizes quantitative analysis of data from large scale data sets
  • Award includes a $25,000 stipend for research, and travel and lodging for annual AERA Research Conference
  • Deadline is near end of March; see link for annual deadline

The Duolingo Dissertation Grant in Language Learning with Technology

  • Awards five $5,000 grants to support dissertation research on second and foreign language learning with technology
  • Deadline is at the end of May (May 30th for 2020).

The Duolingo Grant for Master’s Research in Language Learning with Technology

  • Awards five $1,000 grants to support MA thesis research on second and foreign language learning with technology
  • Deadline is at the end of May (May 30th for 2020).

Educational Testing Service (ETS): Small Grants for Doctoral in Second or Foreign Language Assessment

  • Awards up to 10 grants worth $2,000 each year
  • Deadline is October 15th (notification by December 15th)

Education Testing Service (ETS): TOEFL Young Students Research Program – Graduate Student Research Grants

  • Awards up to $5,000 for graduate projects
  • Emphasis on young learners in English as a foreign language contexts

Fulbright-Hays–Doctoral Dissertation Research Abroad

  • Projects deepen research knowledge on and help the nation develop capability in areas of the world not generally included in U.S. curricula (projects based in Western Europe not accepted)
  • Funds projects abroad for between 6-12 months
  • Must apply through institution

The International Research Foundation (TIRF) of English Language Education: Doctoral Disseration Grants

  • Awards up to $5,000 for dissertation research
  • Deadline generally in late-April, notification in August

Language Learning Dissertation Completion Grant

  • Awards up to 20 grants worth $2,000 each year
  • Check September issue of journal for application guidelines

National Science Foundation – Linguistics Program – Doctoral Dissertation Research Improvement Awards

  • Supports basic science in the domain of human language, encompassing investigations of the grammatical properties of individual human languages, and of natural language in general
  • Not for research into developing tools for assessing and teaching languages
  • Students conducting research on endangered languages should pursuing the following link (http://www.nsf.gov/funding/pgm_summ.jsp?pims_id=12816)

NFMLTA/MLJ Dissertation Support Grants

  • Supports graduate students in the fields of applied linguistics and language education at the dissertation writing stage
  • Up to $2,500
  • Deadline generally early February, notification in early March

The NFMLTA/NCOLCTL Graduate Students Research Support Award

  • Supports graduate students in the fields of applied linguistics and language education at the dissertation writing stage
  • Specifically for research on Less Commonly Taught Languages (must be a member of National Council of Less Commonly Taught Languages)
  • Award is for $2,500
  • Deadline generally early February, notification in early March

TESOL International Association – The Ruth Crymes TESOL Fellowship for Graduate Study

  • To support graduate students conduct ESOL research with direct application to classroom practice
  • One award for $1,500 + conference registration waiver (for year of presentation)
  • Deadline early October

TESOL International Association – 201​​​9 TESOL Research Mini-​Grant Call for Proposals

  • For research conducted in accordance with TESOL’s research agenda
  • Up to $2500
  • Deadline mid-July

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Travel Grants

American Association for Applied Linguistics (AAAL) Graduate Student Award

  • Offer a variable number of awards annual for graduate students presenting a single authored paper or poster (eligible graduate students will be notified)
  • Must be a member of AAAL

International Language Testing Association (ILTA) Student Travel Award

  • To support graduate students in attending and presenting at annual LTRC Conference
  • Up to $750 + 1 year membership in ILTA; number varies by year
  • Deadline generally early December – early January

NFMLTA/MLJ Travel Support Grants for Foreign Language Professionals (Including Graduate Students)

  • Maximum of 10 awards per year for $1,000 each

TESOL International Association – The Albert H. Marckwardt Travel Grants

  • To assist in graduate student attendance to the annual TESOL International Convention
  • Offer 4 $500 awards annually + waived conference fee (2 PhD, 2 MA)
  • Must be a member of TESOL
  • Deadline early October

TESOL International Association – The TESOL Professional Development Scholarships

  • To assist TESOL members in attending to the annual TESOL International Convention
  • Up to 50 awards per year; awardees expected to volunteer a minimum of 2 hours at conference
  • Deadline early October

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