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ACTFL / NFMLTA / MLJ Announce Dissertation Support Grants Competition

CONTACT: Marty Abbott

Alexandria, VA—The American Council on the Teaching of Foreign Languages (ACTFL), the National Federation of Modern Language Teachers’ Associations (NFMLTA), and the Modern Language Journal (MLJ) are pleased to announce a call for applications for the ACTFL / NFMLTA / MLJ Dissertation Support Grants. The purpose of this collaboration between ACTFL, NFMLTA, and the MLJ is to help support two graduate students during the research and writing phase of their dissertations that focus on the field of  language teaching and learning.

Mary Lynn Redmond, ACTFL President, and Audrey Heining-Boynton, NFMLTA President, issued the following statement.  “ACTFL and NFMLTA are excited to collaborate on this initiative that will recognize and support excellence in ongoing dissertation research.  Two dissertation support grants @ $2,500 will help continue research efforts pivotal in our field in order to inform and improve classroom practice in PK-16 settings. We encourage higher education faculty to notify their graduate students about this important and significant competition."

The specifics regarding the ACTFL / NFMLTA / MLJ Dissertation Support Grants are:

  • The purpose of these grants is to support graduate students in the fields of applied linguistics and language education at the dissertation writing stage. These grants can provide resources to graduate students at any stage of dissertation writing, e.g., data gathering, familiarization with relevant research, data analysis, or write-up of the findings.
  • The award amount is $2,500; up to two grants per year may be awarded.
  • Applicants must have completed by the application deadline 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 U.S.; 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. (maximum two pages, Times New Roman 12).

Complete applications must be filled out electronically by September 30, 2014.

Awardees will receive a check in the amount of $ 2,500. An announcement of the recipients will occur at the time of the ACTFL 2014 Convention as well as via electronic and print media.

A committee of recognized researchers will then review proposals and select the awardees.

The American Council on the Teaching of Foreign Languages (ACTFL) is the national association for language education professionals from all levels of instruction and representing all languages. With more than 12,300 active members, ACTFL provides innovative professional development opportunities, acclaimed training and certification programs, and widely cited books, publications, scholarly journals, research studies and language education resources, including Foreign Language Annals and The Language Educator magazine. As part of its mission and vision, the organization provides guidance to the profession and to the general public regarding issues, policies, and best practices related to the teaching and learning of languages and cultures. ACTFL is a leading national voice among language educators and administrators and is guided by a responsibility to set standards and expectations that will result in high quality language programs.

Thursday, July 17, 2014