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Linguistics Program

Research & Professional Development Awards

Graduate Student Spring / Summer Research & Professional Development Awards



The Linguistics Program welcomes the opportunity to support our students' research and professional development, and is pleased to announce that it will be taking applications for Spring / Summer 2017 research and professional development assistance.  The Summer Research & Professional Development Awards will be awarded competitively, and the amount of each award will depend on the nature and significance of the proposed project / workshop, as well as the quality of the submitted materials. Preference will be given to first-time applicants who have not received other fellowships for the proposed grant period (e.g., USC Presidential Fellowships, CAS Dissertation Fellowship, Bilinski Fellowship, external grants and awards, etc.).



The purpose of the Student Research Awards is to cover costs associated with research or professional development (travel, data collection, software, equipment, books, subject participation, workshop tuition (e.g. LSA Summer Institute, or other), accommodation, etc.). The amount cannot be used to pay salary, stipend, fringe benefits, or for conference travel already being covered by Travel Funding. By University policy, physical materials, such as equipment, software, books, etc. remain the property of the Linguistics Program and will be returned to the Linguistics Program Director upon departure from the university.


Amount and covered period

One or more awards of up to $1,000.00 for research

One or more awards of up to $2,000.00 for professional development


Application Deadline

Priority date: March 15, 2017.

Applications will be accepted and approved after this date on a rolling basis, as funding permits.


Procedures and Required Materials

Your application for support should be sent directly to the Chair of the Awards and Colloquia Committee (Prof. D. Eric Holt) via e-mail. These applications will be distributed to the Awards and Colloquia Committee. Your application for support should consist of the following:


Research proposal narrative (approximately 500 words)


Research design and timeline (approximately 250 words)


Detailed budget


Statement of other support applied for covering the same grant period.


Advisor statement of project / workshop worthiness      



By the end of the award period, the award recipient must submit a research report of approximately 1000 words to his/her advisor and the Awards and Colloquia Committee. The award recipient will also be required to present his/her research or recently acquired skill at the Linguistics Program Colloquium, the GSLING Student Research Series Colloquium, or a comparable venue within one year of the conclusion of the award period.