Scholarships and prizes
The Australian Linguistic Society offers the Gerhardt Laves Scholarship, which covers fieldwork expenses for postgraduate researchers in indigenous languages of Australia or its immediate region, and the Susan Kaldor Scholarship, to support ALS student members to attend an international summer school or institute. Jointly with the Applied Linguistics Association of Australia, it also offers the Michael Clyne Prize, for the best postgraduate research thesis in immigrant bilingualism and language contact.
For information on the 2012 recipients, please see the Announcement of 2012 Scholarships and Prize.
The past recipients of the Michael Clyne Prize are:
The past recipients of the Gerhardt Laves Scholarship are:
Previous Susan Kaldor Scholarship holders are:
In celebration of the contribution of Susan Kaldor to linguistics in Australia, a scholarship of up to $2500 is available to ALS student members who wish to attend an international institute, summer school or similar intensive course. Examples of relevant summer schools are given below. Not all are held each year so students are recommended to check websites.
Applicants should provide a recommendation from their supervisor, a 1-2 page statement as to why they want to go and how it will inform their research, a budget and an indication of other funding options they have available (please check the summer school website for other scholarship options and deadlines).
Applications should be sent to Dr John Henderson at john.henderson-at-uwa.edu.au by Wednesday 22 May 2013.
Following a very generous contribution by Michael Clyne and also funded by donations in Michael's honour, the annual Michael Clyne Prize has been established for the best postgraduate research thesis in the area of immigrant bilingualism and language contact. This Prize is jointly administered by the Australian Linguistic Society and the Applied Linguistics Association of Australia.
Details of the Prize, including eligibility requirements, timeline and submission process, are as follows:
(a) Prize to be awarded to an MA(research) or PhD thesis examined (or passed by examiners) in the previous year - for example, the 2013 prize will be awarded to an MA(research) or PhD thesis awarded (or passed) in 2012 - that focuses on some aspect of immigrant bilingualism and language contact. The thesis should have been submitted at an Australian university.
(b) Submissions are generally due in March or April each year. Submissions should include: (i) a copy of examiners' reports; (ii) a 300-500 word summary of the thesis and its main findings; (iii) a supporting letter from the supervisor.
(c) Submissions to 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.
(d) Recipient to be notified normally by the end of May.
(e) Award to be $1000 cash prize plus contribution of up to $500 to cover costs (e.g. travel, accommodation, conference registration) for the recipient to attend either ALS or ALAA (their choice) to present a paper on their research.
(f) The recipient is to have a guaranteed slot in the conference of their choosing (i.e. either ALS or ALAA in the year of the award) since the reviewing of their abstract has been achieved via the award process.
(g) Summary of thesis to be published in newsletters of both associations when award is announced.
(h) Award to be announced at the AGMs of each society (presumably recipient will be present at (at least) one of these).
(i) Information about the prize, including a list of recipients, to be linked to both ALAA and ALS web pages.
(j) The prize will not be awarded in a given year if none of the applicants reach a suitable standard (as determined by the panel).
Submissions for 2013 Michael Clyne Prize
The Applied Linguistics Association of Australia and the Australian Linguistic Society invite submissions for the annual Michael Clyne Prize, to be awarded to the best PhD or MA (Research) 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 2012.
The winner will be awarded a $1000 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 2013 to present a paper on the research. The recipient will be guaranteed a slot at their chosen conference.
Submissions 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).
Further details of rules governing the prize are listed above.
Please submit documents in both electronic and paper form by Wednesday, 22 May 2013 (note slightly later date this year) to:
In 2006 the Australian Linguistic Society established the annual Gerhardt Laves Scholarship to encourage postgraduate researchers into the field of indigenous languages, by helping cover linguistic fieldwork expenses. Details of the Scholarship, including eligibility requirements, and the application process and timing, are as follows:
(a) The Gerhardt Laves Scholarship is open to students who are (i) enrolled in a University undertaking an Honours or postgraduate research degree; and (ii) undertaking fieldwork on an indigenous language of Australia or its immediate region as part of their research towards that degree.
(b) Applications should be submitted to Dr John Henderson at john.henderson-at-uwa.edu.au before the deadline of Wednesday 22 May 2013. The recipient (and unsuccessful applicants) will be notified at the end of June. Retrospective claims for fieldwork conducted or begun earlier in the year (between 1 Jan and late May) will be considered.
(c) Applications should include: (i) a 1 page summary of the research plan; (ii) a budget; (iii) a supporting letter from the supervisor; and (iv) contact details of both the applicant and the supervisor. There is no form, just a Word document is sufficient.
(d) Applications are assessed by a panel of 3 ALS members selected by the president who have interests in field-based linguistics. Membership of the panel is determined on a yearly basis.
(e) The scholarship consists of an amount, approximately $2,000, to cover costs (e.g. travel, accommodation, subsistence, consultant's payments, etc.) that the recipient will encounter in undertaking fieldwork. A year's membership of the Australian Linguistic Society is also provided.
(f) Scholarship recipients are asked to account for their budget in a letter to the ALS president within 12 months and return any unspent funds to ALS. A list of recipients is maintained on the ALS website.
(g) 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).