Applied Linguistics Association of Australia Awards

The ALAA offers a range of schemes to support the development of teaching, learning and research in applied linguistics, including scholarships, prizes and conference attendance support. They are M.A.K. Halliday Scholarship, Michael Clyne Prize, Postgraduate Travel Scholarship and Penny McKay Memorial Award.

In addition, the ALAA provides The Distinguished Scholarship and Service Award (DSSA) to recognize and honour a distinguished scholar for her/his scholarship and service to the profession in general and to the ALAA in particular.

Penny McKay Memorial Award

Please submit application before 31 October 2024

The Penny McKay Memorial Award honours Penny’s contribution to research and development in second/additional language education. As a teacher, consultant, researcher, keynote speaker and professional activist, Penny McKay was a leader in language education in Australia and internationally. Working collaboratively with educators and researchers in schools, she pioneered an approach to assessing learners’ development in English as an additional language.Further information can be found on ACTA website.

The Award is jointly offered by the Applied Linguistics Association of Australia (ALAA), the Australian Council of TESOL Associations (ACTA) and the Association for Language Testing and Assessment of Australia and New Zealand (ALTAANZ).

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ALAA Postgraduate Conference Scholarships

Three ALAA Postgraduate Conference Scholarships of up to $1,000 each are available for ALAA student members whose abstracts have been accepted for presentation at the 2024 ALAA/ALTAANZ/ALANZ Conference. The scholarships can be used towards conference registration, travel and/or accommodation. They will be awarded as a reimbursement for documented expenses after the conference.

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Michael Clyne Prize for research thesis on immigrant bilingualism and language contact

Please submit application by 06 May 2024

The annual Michael Clyne Prize has been established for the best postgraduate research thesis in the area of immigrant bilingualism and language contact. The Prize up to $1500 is jointly administered by ALAA and ALS (Australian Linguistic Society).

Prize to be awarded to an MA (research) or PhD thesis examined (or passed by examiners) in the previous year that focuses on some aspect of immigrant bilingualism and language contact. The thesis should have been submitted at an Australian university.

The award is a $1000 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.

Details of the Prize, including eligibility requirements, timeline and submission process, are here: Michael Clyne Prize


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