[RNLD] ALS scholarships and prizes

Bill Palmer bill.palmer at newcastle.edu.au
Wed Feb 15 18:03:37 EST 2017

CALL FOR APPLICATIONS: Jalwang Scholarship, Gerhardt Laves Scholarship, Susan Kaldor Scholarship and Michael Clyne Prize

The Australian Linguistic Society offers four Prizes and Scholarships to support linguistics research: the Gerhardt Laves Scholarship<http://www.als.asn.au/clyne.html#laves>, which covers fieldwork expenses for postgraduate student researchers in indigenous languages of Australia or its immediate region; the Jalwang Scholarship<http://www.als.asn.au/clyne.html#jalwang>, which supports linguists (not necessarily students) to give back to the community by converting some of their research into materials of benefit to the language speakers; the Susan Kaldor Scholarship<http://www.als.asn.au/clyne.html#kaldor>, to support ALS student members to attend an international summer school or institute; and the Michael Clyne Prize<http://www.als.asn.au/clyne.html#clyne>, for the best postgraduate research thesis in immigrant bilingualism and language contact. The Michael Clyne Prize is awarded jointly with the Applied Linguistics Association of Australia. The details of all four scholarships and prizes are given below.

The closing date for the current round of applications for all four Scholarships and Prizes is Friday 17 March 2017 (note the early closing date). Applications should be made using the official application form available at http://www.als.asn.au/clyne.html. (Note: if the 2017 application form is not yet available on the website, please email Bill Palmer for a copy of the current form.) Please complete the application form and email it with supporting documents to Bill Palmer (ALS Vice president) at bill.palmer at newcastle.edu.au<mailto:bill.palmer at newcastle.edu.au> by the closing date of Friday 17 March 2017. Complete sections 1 and 2 of the form in full. Provide the information requested in section 3, 4, 5 or 6, as appropriate. Please save your entire application including the form and all supporting documents as a single pdf and name the document with your surname and the Scholarship you are applying for (e.g. “Smith Jalwang”).
1. Which of the following are you applying for?
Jalwang Scholarship                                           •
Gerhardt Laves Scholarship                               •
Susan Kaldor Scholarship                                   •
Michael Clyne Prize                                           •

2. Applicant Details
PLEASE NOTE: The applicant must be a current financial member of ALS at the date of submission of the application. If the applicant is not a current financial member of ALS, the application will not be considered.
2.1 Name:
2.2 Email address:
2.3 Best contact phone number:
2.4 Institution:
2.5 Degree you are enrolled for (e.g. Honours, MA, or PhD) (if applicable):
2.6 Year of enrolment (1st, 2nd, 3rd etc) (if applicable):
2.7 Name(s) of supervisor(s):
2.8 Main supervisor’s email address:
2.9 Main supervisor’s phone number:

3. The Jalwang Scholarship
3.1 Purpose
The purpose of the award is to support linguists to give back to the community by converting some of their research into materials of benefit to the language speakers, for example by producing community materials in the language or engaging in language maintenance or revitalisation activities. The award aims at supporting researchers who have less access to funding and resources than established academics. This would include support for postgraduate students who would like to take time out from their degree-oriented research in order to develop community materials or other community-oriented outcomes during or after completion of the degree.
The name jalwang is the word for the currawong in the Yugambeh language of Southeast Queensland
3.2 Frequency
One Scholarship is available each year.
3.3 Eligibility
Applicants will typically be either currently enrolled students at a University undertaking an Honours or postgraduate research degree or within two years post-completion of a research higher degree, where the focus of the research has been description and documentation of an Indigenous language of Australia or Melanesia (including eastern Indonesia and Timor Leste). Project proposals from applicants other than current or recent students will also be considered. Applicants whose project proposals satisfy the goals of the Scholarship should make a case in their application.
3.4 Amount
The Scholarship will provide up to $5,000 to pay for such costs as: travel; accommodation in the field; rent at the applicant’s home base while away; materials production; payments to consultants; and contribution towards additional costs of living while in the field. The Scholarship is not intended to provide a living wage or stipend for the recipient.
3.5 Note
The Scholarship may not be awarded in any given year if none of the applicants are of a suitable standard (as determined by the panel). A list of recipients will be maintained on the ALS website.
3.6 Reporting
On completion of the proposed work, successful applicants will be expected to provide a one-page report to the ALS along with a copy of the materials produced, as applicable.
3.7 Applications
Applicants should complete the application form above, save it as a Word document (.doc or .docx) and email it with supporting documents to ALS Vice president Bill Palmer at bill.palmer at newcastle.edu.au<mailto:bill.palmer at newcastle.edu.au> by the closing date above. In addition to the basic information provided in the form below, the application must include the following:

•   A maximum 500 word outline of the project aims and goals, specifying in what way the project will benefit members of the community and what the material outcomes of the project will be, if applicable, and making a case for the originality and value of the proposed work and the likelihood that it will be successfully completed with the resources available.

•   A maximum 200 word description of the method to be used to achieve these outcomes.

•   An itemised budget (include a statement of any other funds you have obtained or requested).

•   A letter of support from a referee.
Applicants will be assessed by a panel of 3 ALS members selected by the President who have interests in field-based linguistics and community engagement. Membership of the panel is determined on a yearly basis. Applications will be assessed on the following criteria:

•   Articulation of a clear project concept with concrete and time-limited goals.

•   Demonstrated benefit to the language community of the project.

•   Originality of the proposed project in addressing a gap not currently addressed and/or tackling a task in a new way.

•   Argued capacity of the applicant to produce the specified results with the resources available.

•   Provision of a well-justified budget showing value for money against comparable projects.

4. Gerhardt Laves Scholarship
The Gerhardt Laves Scholarship assists honours or postgraduate research students enrolled at an Australian University who are undertaking linguistic fieldwork on an indigenous language of Australia or its immediate region as part of their research towards an Honours or postgraduate research degree. The Scholarship contributes up to around $2000 towards fieldwork expenses. Funds are normally expected to be fully expended within the year of award of the scholarship unless alternative arrangement are approved by ALS.
Please submit with your application a statement providing the following details:
4.1 The Project
4.1.1 Research Targets
What targets does your research aim to address? Where will you do the work? With whom? How long are you going to be there?
4.1.2 Research Expertise
What expertise and training do you have to undertake this research? Are there mentors who will assist with expertise?
4.1.3 Research Approvals
Does this project require approvals, ethics or otherwise? Have these been obtained? If not, what is the evidence that they will be in place by the commencement of the research project?
4.1.4 Research Expenses Summary
What expenses arise in relation to this research? For example, this could include accommodation, payments to consultants, travel. Funding for equipment will only be available in exceptional circumstances. [NOTE: This section is a summary and NOT the budget, which is to be detailed in Section 4.4. An example summary would be - “This project requires air/road travel to X. It requires payment to X consultants”]
4.1.5 Research Time Frame
Are there factors which necessitate that the research be undertaken within a particular time frame? [NOTE: This section relates to time constraints which follow inherently from the nature of the research itself. Time constraints which relate principally to the applicant’s schedule are not relevant and will not be considered]
4.1.6 Potential Alternate Funding
Have you applied to any other source of funding (e.g. ELDP)? When will you know the outcome of that application?
Does your School / Centre / Department / Faculty have funds available to students to support fieldwork or other research costs? Have you applied for such funds? How much, and what costs would it support? Has your application been approved, and if so what funding has been approved? If your application is still under consideration, when will you know the outcome?
Does your supervisor have a relevant research grant? If so, how much funding is supplied from that research grant for your fieldwork?
4.2 Budget
Please provide an estimate of overall budget for the project, using the table below. Add or remove additional items as required. (The text in the table is just an example, please type over.)
Please clearly show any other funds you have obtained or requested (your own personal contributions, or any student research allocation from your School, for example).

Amount (AUD)


e.g. speaker payments


40 hours @ AUD$25 p/h, to be paid from Research Grant/Laves Scholarship

e.g. flights


flights paid by my School

e.g. vehicle hire

e.g. fuel

e.g. accommodation



4.3 Assessment Criteria
The ALS Executive will assess Laves Scholarship applications against the following criteria.
A. Is the project feasible? What approvals, expertise, and resources are required to complete the project within the timeframe specified?
B. Given the research opportunities available to the applicant(s), is there evidence that the applicant(s) will bring the project to successful completion within a reasonable time frame?
C. Will the proposed research be cost-effective and value for money?
D. What is the potential time period when the research could be undertaken?
E. The potential for the applicant(s) to obtain funding from other sources.
4.4 Accounting
Successful applicants will be required to sign a contract with ALS. This contract will set out the research to be undertaken and the funds supplied by ALS. Grantees will be required to:
A. Account for all expenditure.
B. Provide copies of receipts for all expenditure.
C. Provide a final report describing the research undertaken and the results of this research.

5. Susan Kaldor Scholarship
In celebration of the contribution of Susan Kaldor to linguistics in Australia, the Susan Kaldor Scholarship provides funding of up to $2,500 to assist an ALS student member to attend an international institute, summer school or similar intensive course (for example the Linguistic Society of America Summer Institute; the LOT Summer School (The Netherlands); etc). Funds are normally expected to be expended within the year of award of the scholarship.
5.1 Eligibility
Applicants will be currently enrolled students at an Australian University undertaking an Honours or postgraduate research degree.
5.2 Application
In addition to completing the form above, please submit the following with your application:

(i) A recommendation from your principal supervisor

(ii) A 1-2 page statement as to how attendance will inform your research

(iii) A summary as to whether alternate funding options are available, and if so what these funding options are, whether you have applied for them, and the stage at which those application have reached.

(iii) A budget
5.3 Budget
Please provide an estimate of overall costs, using the table below. Add additional items if required. (The text in the amounts and notes columns is just an example, please type over.)


Amount (AUD)


Registration fees


Flights to venue


Melbourne to London return

Other travel to venue


Train London to Manchester return



5 nights at $130pn



6. Michael Clyne Prize
Following a very generous contribution by Michael Clyne and also funded by donations in Michael's honour, the annual Michael Clyne Prize was established in 2006 for the best PhD or MA (Research) thesis with a focus on some aspect of immigrant bilingualism and language contact. The thesis must have been passed or the degree awarded at an Australian university in 2016. This Prize is jointly administered by the Australian Linguistic Society<http://www.als.asn.au> and the Applied Linguistics Association of Australia<http://www.alaa.org.au>.
The winner will be awarded a $1,000 cash prize and a contribution of up to $500 to cover costs (e.g. travel, accommodation, conference registration) for the recipient to attend either ALS or ALAA in 2017 to present a paper on the research. The recipient will be guaranteed a slot at their chosen conference. A summary of thesis will be published in newsletters of both associations when award is announced. The winner will be announced at the AGMs of each society.
6.1 Application
In addition to completing the form above, applications should include:
(i) a copy of the examiners' reports;
(ii) a 300-500 word summary of the thesis and its main findings;
(iii) a supporting letter from the supervisor(s).
Applications will be assessed by a panel of 3, being the presidents of ALS and ALAA (or suitable representative from each society) and a representative from the area of sociolinguistics to be selected by the two presidents. Membership of the panel is determined on a yearly basis.
6.2 Note
The prize will not be awarded in a given year if none of the applicants reach a suitable standard (as determined by the panel).

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