27.5071, FYI: Language Teaching and Learning Research Grants

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Subject: 27.5071, FYI: Language Teaching and Learning Research Grants

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Date: Mon, 12 Dec 2016 15:30:05
From: Gina Peirce [gbpeirce at pitt.edu]
Subject: Language Teaching and Learning Research Grants

The University of Pittsburgh’s Center for Russian and East European Studies
(REES) will award up to two Language Teaching and Learning Research (LTLR)
Grants for scholars to conduct research projects on-site at the Slavic, East
European, and Near Eastern Summer Language Institute (SLI) in June–July 2017. 

Funded projects must focus on the teaching and learning of one or more of the
following priority languages: Bosnian/Croatian/Serbian, Polish, Russian,
Turkish, and Ukrainian. Other languages that are taught at the SLI may be
included in a project proposal in addition to these priority languages; see
www.sli.pitt.edu for the complete list of language courses offered. Applicants
may propose to be in residence in Pittsburgh for either all or a portion of
the two-month duration of the SLI, according to the needs of their projects.

Guidelines: Applicants should propose projects that will take advantage of the
unique environment and resources available at an intensive campus-based summer
language institute, while not placing excessive demands on the time of SLI
instructors or students. Projects involving the development of online language
instructional materials are of particular interest, but other types of
projects that make significant contributions to language teaching and learning
will also be considered. Successful applicants will be responsible for
obtaining IRB approval or exemption for research projects involving human
subjects and for obtaining the informed consent of research subjects, if
applicable, before starting to work on their projects.

LTLR grant recipients will be expected to submit a report of their research
results to REES by October 2017; to acknowledge REES and the SLI as sponsors
in any publications based on their funded projects; and to make their research
products (including raw data, if possible) available for dissemination to
other language instructors and scholars on a University of Pittsburgh website.


Applicants must hold a master’s or doctoral degree in an academic field
related to foreign language education or be enrolled in a relevant graduate
degree program. As REES and the SLI are unable to provide mentors to supervise
research projects, applicants must demonstrate the ability to conduct
self-directed research by presenting evidence of academic publications or
other documentation of their capacity for independent work.

How to Apply: 

Applications will be processed via the Submittable online system at
https://ucis.submittable.com/submit/48081. Upon first accessing the
application form, applicants will be directed to a welcome screen at
Submittable.com and invited to create a new user account. All other required
documentation may then be uploaded through this account. A complete
application must include:

- Application form.
- Curriculum vitae, including a list of any previous publications on language
teaching and learning and any foreign language teaching experience.
- Research proposal of up to two pages, clearly outlining the rationale and
expected outcomes of the project and how the applicant will utilize the unique
resources housed at the University of Pittsburgh. In addition to the wide
range of intensive less-commonly-taught language courses at the SLI, resources
available on Pitt’s campus include the Robert Henderson Language Media Center
(www.polyglot.pitt.edu) and the University Center for Teaching and Learning
- Itemized budget of anticipated expenses to carry out the project. Applicants
may request up to $5,000 for housing, food and other living expenses;
round-trip travel to Pittsburgh, if applicable; and research-related costs
such as materials or software purchases, statistical or technology consulting
services, etc. (please note that hardware purchases are not eligible for LTLR
funding). All expenses should be justified in a brief budget narrative.
- Letter of recommendation from a faculty member in a field related to foreign
language education, addressing the intellectual merit and significance of the
proposed project and the applicant’s qualifications to carry it out. For
graduate students and applicants without a publication record, this letter
should also address the applicant’s scholarly potential and ability to conduct
independent research.
- All graduate-level transcripts (for current graduate students only).

Priority consideration will be given to applications submitted by February 17,
2017. Only complete applications will be considered. It is the applicant’s
responsibility to ensure that all documentation is submitted by the deadline.
A selection committee at the University of Pittsburgh will review all eligible
applications. Award notifications will be made by March 31. 

For questions about the LTLR program, please contact REES Assistant Director
Gina Peirce at gbpeirce at pitt.edu.

Linguistic Field(s): Applied Linguistics
                     Language Acquisition

Subject Language(s): Bosnian (bos)
                     Croatian (hrv)
                     Polish (pol)
                     Russian (rus)
                     Serbian (srp)
                     Turkish (tur)
                     Ukrainian (ukr)



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