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OF INTEREST TO THE PROFESSION

NFMLTA Awards and Grants Programs 


As part of its outreach activities, the National Federation of Modern Language Teachers Associations (NFMLTA), the governing organization of the MLJ, in cooperation with other professional organizations, particularly ACTFL and the National Council of Less Commonly Taught Languages (NCOLCTL), supports a number of award and grant opportunities. Please familiarize yourself with these opportunities and submit your applications and inquiries to the organizations and contact persons handling the competition.
For the upcoming year, 2020, the following opportunities are available.
 

NFMLTA Dissertation Support Grants

Application deadline: February 1, 2020; notification of awards: March 1, 2020
 
Instituted in 2013 by the NFMLTA, this award helps support graduate students in the fields of applied linguistics and language education at the dissertation writing stage. These grants can provide resources at any stage of dissertation writing, e.g., data gathering, data transcription, data analysis, or write-up of the findings.
Awards in the amount of $2,500 each will be made.
 
Applications should be submitted electronically at NFMLTA.org.
Eligibility:
By the application deadline, applicants must have completed all requirements for the Ph.D./Ed.D., except the dissertation.
Applicants must have an approved dissertation proposal with, if applicable, an approved IRB.
Applicants must be enrolled in a doctoral program at an institution of higher education in the United States; they need not be citizens or permanent residents.
A complete application includes:
Applicant contact information: Name, physical address, e-mail address, name of applicant’s institution of higher education
Brief statement signed by the dissertation advisor/dissertation committee chair stating that the applicant has: successfully defended his/her dissertation proposal; the IRB process has been cleared (if appropriate to the study); the applicant has successfully completed all but the dissertation writing at the time of application for this grant.
Proposed dissertation title and a description of the proposed research. The description should include: purpose of the study, theoretical framework(s), research questions, methodology, importance of the study, limitations, use of funding (maximum two pages, single spaced, Times New Roman 12)
 

NFMLTA Travel Support Grants for Foreign Language Professionals (Including Graduate Students)

Application deadline: February 1, 2020; notification of awards: March 1, 2020
 
Instituted in 2017 by the NFMLTA, this grant is intended to help defray the costs of conference attendance by foreign language professionals during the year 2020. Awards with a limit of $1,000 of reimbursable expenses per awardee will be made. Earlier submissions are encouraged, as conference acceptances and cost information becomes available to applicants.
Application information:
The application includes a brief narrative (250–300 words) that provides information on the applicant’s educational background and position, contextualizes the topic of the presentation in the applicant’s career, and indicates need for support in relation to other possible sources of support;
Applicants must provide proof of acceptance of a conference presentation at a national, language-specific, or regional language conference during the year 2020;
The presentation should be related to the professional/scholarly work of the applicant;
Preference will be given to applicants who are attending a conference for the first time or are younger members of the profession, including graduate students.
Reimbursement, against original receipts, is limited to $1,000 per award recipient and should be requested within 30 days after the conference. Reimbursable expenses include conference registration, transportation (air, train, bus, cab, subway systems), and lodging, but not meal expenses.
Applications should be submitted electronically at NFMLTA.org.
 

The NFMLTA/NCOLCTL Graduate Students Research Support Award

Application deadline: February 1, 2020:  Notification of award: March 7, 2020
Instituted in 2014 by the NFMLTA and the National Council of Less Commonly Taught Languages (NCOLCTL), this award supports graduate student research in the fields of applied linguistics and language education with small grants focused on the teaching and learning of less commonly taught languages (all languages except English, Spanish, French, and German). The grants provide resources at any stage of dissertation writing, e.g., data gathering, data transcription, data analysis, or write-up of the findings.
Awards in the amount of $2,500 each will be made. Awardees are expected to be members of NCOLCTL. The awards will be given at the Awards Ceremony during the annual NCOLCTL conference, April 17–19, 2020. Awardees are required to attend this conference in order to receive their award. A complete application includes:
A two-page (500-word) application letter detailing the research and how the award will be used towards the research
A two-page (500-word) curriculum vitae attachment
Proposals will be evaluated based on the following criteria:
Purpose of the study
Theoretical framework(s)
Research questions
Research methodology
Importance of the study
Limitations
Use of funding
(Maximum two pages, single spaced, Times New Roman 12)
Applications should be electronically submitted on NFMLTA.org.