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

The Bilinski Educational Foundation offers several types of award to qualified students in the PhD in Second Language Studies program at the University of Hawai‘i at Mānoa. The purpose of the Bilinski Fellowships is to help PhD in SLS students complete outstanding dissertations in a timely manner and promote excellence and innovative perspectives in the field of Second Language Studies.

Please feel free to view the video below to learn more about the fellowship from two of our own SLS PhD students as well as two from the Linguistics department.

Bilinski Dissertation Fellowship

This fellowship provides support for PhD students who have recently advanced to candidacy. The purpose of the fellowship is to free students from teaching duties so that they may complete their dissertation in a timely fashion. The funds are to be used to pay education-related expenses and necessary living expenses.

Amount of award:
Duration of award:
$15,000 per semester
Up to three (3) semesters, with the possibility of extension to a fourth semester under exceptional circumstances

Bilinski Pre-Dissertation Research Award

This award aims to support students in developing the research design for their dissertation in preparation of the dissertation proposal.

Amount of award:
Duration of award:
Up to $5,000 per award
One (1) semester (summer = one semester)

Eligibility Criteria for All Award Categories

1. Meet citizenship/residency requirements.
2. Be a full-time PhD student in the Department of Second Language Studies at the University of Hawai‘i at Mānoa.
3. Maintain good academic standing.
4. Have demonstrated exceptional ability and potential in their field of study.
5. Have demonstrated financial need.

Important Dates

Application due date:
Selection of awardees:
Award period begins:

October 1, 2020
On or around October 15, 2020
Spring 2021 for Dissertation Fellowship

(Visit links below to view guidelines and apply):

Pre-Dissertation Research Award Guidelines and Application Form

Dissertation Fellowship Guidelines and Application Form

For further information, contact Dr. Theres Grüter, SLS Graduate Chair [theres(at)].