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Linguistic Institute 2013 Fellowships Announced

Background Information on the Application Procedure

A limited number of fellowships, including several named fellowships (see below), are available on a competitive basis to students attending the Linguistic Institute. Fellowships generally cover only the cost of tuition to attend the Institute (although the Bloch and McCawley fellowships provide some additional support); fellowships do not cover living expenses, travel expenses to and from the Institute, or visa expenses for international students. To be awarded a fellowship, students must enter the fellowship competition, which is administered by the Linguistic Society of America (LSA); access to the online fellowship application will be through LSA member login. Students must be members of the LSA to apply for fellowships; non-members may join the Society in order to apply.  A link to the online fellowship application will be made available on the Institute and LSA websites once the application period opens.

Fellowship applications for the 2013 Linguistic Institute will be availailable online beginning Monday, January 14, 2013.  Applications must be submitted by 11:59 PM US Eastern Time on Thursday, February 7th.  Two recommendations must be received by 11:59 PM US Eastern Time on Thursday, February 14th (applicants supply the e-mail addresses of recommenders as part of the application, and the LSA solicits the recommendations).  Applicants will be informed of the status of their applications by early March, in time for awardees to meet the Institute's early registration deadline.

Applicants may be undergraduate or graduate students; graduate students should not have received the PhD before the completion of the Institute. Applicants do not need to be US citizens. Due to the limited amount of funding available, students who have received a fellowship from the LSA to attend a previous Institute are not eligible to apply.  Students need not register for the Institute prior to learning whether they have been awarded a fellowship, but to be eligible to receive a fellowship, if awarded one, a student must register for a full course load at the Institute.

To apply for a fellowship, students will be asked to write a statement of purpose, to identify the Institute courses they intend to take and to provide details about academic preparation, including publications and presentation, transcripts, and English proficiency.  Applicants for the Bloch and Rackham Fellowships will be asked to write brief additional statements of qualification.  Academic transcripts are required for North American applicants who are currently enrolled in an undergraduate program, a Master's program, or years 1-3 of a PhD program, and for applicants from other institutions if they are available.  Two letters of recommendation will also be required.  As noted above, the names and e-mail addresses of two recommenders are submitted as part of the fellowship application, and the LSA solicits the recommendations. 

Courses at the Institute are held in English and it is assumed that participants will have native or near-native proficiency.   Applicants will be asked to provide evidence of English proficiency or describe their experience using the language.  Examples of evidence include but are not limited to: native speaker status, study at an institution where the medium of instruction is English, TOEFL/IELTS scores, significant writing in English, or extensive coursework in English. 

American Institute of Indian Studies Fellowships

The American Institute of Indian Studies is a cooperative, non-profit organization of 71 American college and universities that supports the advancement of knowledge and understanding of India, its people, and culture. AIIS welcomes applicants from a wide variety of disciplines. It especially encourages applicants in fields such as Development Studies, Natural Resources Management, Public Health, and Regional Planning. Applications to conduct research in India may be made in the following categories:

  • Junior Research Fellowship: available to doctoral candidates at US universities in all fields of study
  • Senior Research Fellowship: available to scholars who hold the PhD or its equivalent
  • Senior Scholarly/Professional Development Fellowships: available to established scholars who have not previously specialized in Indian studies and to established professionals who have no previously worked or studied in India.
  • Senior Performing and Creative Arts Fellowships: Available to accomplished practictioners of their performing arts of India and creative artists who demonstrate that study India would enhance their skills.

Applications can be downloaded from here.

Bloch Fellowship

Established from the Bernard and Julia Bloch Memorial Fund, the Bloch fellowship was first awarded in the summer of 1970. Guidelines for the selection of the awardee were drafted and submitted to the Executive Committee in December of that year. The criteria included the statement that the candidate for the fellowship would be, in the opinion of the selection committee, the most promising applicant, with preference given to American Indian candidates.

In 1980, the Executive Committee determined that the Bloch Fellow would serve ex-officio as a full voting member of the Executive Committee, representing student members of the Society. In light of this action, the Executive Committee decided that the applicant selected the Bloch Fellow must be a currently enrolled undergraduate or graduate student. In 1982 the Executive Committee further specified that the student awarded the Bloch Fellowship may not be from the institution hosting the Institute.  The Bloch Fellow also serves as the Chair of the LSA's Committee on Student Issues and Concerns (COSIAC).  In that capacity, the COSIAC Chair plays a central role in organizing student-centered activity at the Annual Meeting. 

In 1997, the Executive Committee determined that the stipend for the Bloch Fellow would be sufficient to cover tuition, travel, and subsistence and allow for some discretionary funds.


  • 2013 U Michigan: Troy Messic, University of Connecticut
  • 2011 U Colorado-Boulder: Rebekah Baglini, University of Chicago
  • 2009 UC Berkeley: Scott Grimm, Stanford University
  • 2007 Stanford U: Michael Frank, MIT
  • 2005 MIT/Harvard: Rebecca T. Cover, U California-Berkeley
  • 2003 Michigan SU: Kristen Syrett, Northwestern U
  • 2001 U California-Santa Barbara: Cynthia Clopper, Indiana U
  • 1999 U Illinois-Champaign/Urbana: Gunnar O. Hansson, U California-Berkeley
  • 1997 Cornell U: Adam Albright, U California-Los Angeles
  • 1995 U New Mexico: Lynn Nichols, Harvard U
  • 1993 Ohio SU: Christopher Manning, Stanford U
  • 1991 U California-Santa Cruz: Jill Beckman, Ohio SU
  • 1989 U Arizona: Chris Barker, U California-Santa Cruz
  • 1987 Stanford U: Dawn Bates, U Washington
  • 1986 City U New York-Grad Center: Juan Uriagereka, U Connecticut
  • 1985 Georgetown U: Anthony Moy, U California-Berkeley
  • 1983 U California-Los Angeles: Peter Sells, U Massachusetts-Amherst
  • 1982 U Maryland: Shelley Velleman, U Texas-Austin
  • 1980 U New Mexico: Susan DeSantis, Georgetown U/Gallaudet U
  • 1979 U Salzburg: Richard Janda, U California-Los Angeles
  • 1978 U Illinois-Champaign/Urbana: Jaklin Kornfilt, Harvard U
  • 1977 U Hawaii-Manoa: Laurel Dent, U Pennsylvania
  • 1976 SUNY-Oswego: Christine Clifford, Yale U
  • 1975 U South Florida: Emanuel Drechsel, U Wisconsin-Madison
  • 1974 U Massachusetts-Amherst: James P. Gee, Stanford U
  • 1973 U Michigan: Joel T. Katz, Stanford U
  • 1972 U North Carolina-Chapel Hill: Carl A. Urion, Millett, AB, Canada
  • 1971 SUNY-Buffalo: Robert D. Levine, Columbia U
  • 1970 Ohio SU: Julie Beth Lovins, U Chicago

James McCawley Fellowship

The James McCawley Fellowship is made possible through contributions to the James McCawley Memorial Fund, established in 1999. One fellowship is available for either 1) a graduate student from the University of Chicago, or 2) a graduate student from an Asian country. ("Asian country" is defined as Burma, Cambodia, China (including Taiwan), Indonesia, Japan, Korea, Laos, Malaysia, the Philippines, Singapore, Thailand, and Vietnam.) This award includes tuition, plus travel, room and board for the Asian student where applicable.


  • 2013 U Michigan: Haoze Li, Chinese University of Hong Kong
  • 2011 U Colorado-Boulder: Niko Kobepa, Australian National University
  • 2009 UC Berkeley: Morgan Sonderegger, University of Chicago
  • 2007 Stanford U: Jie Guo, Chinese U of Hong Kong and Yaron McNabb, U Chicago
  • 2005 MIT/Harvard: Bhim Gautam, Tribhuvan U (Nepal) and Eun-Hae Park, U Chicago
  • 2003 Michigan SU: Lohani Ram Raj, Tribhuvan U (Nepal) and Li Fan, Beijing U
  • 2001 U California-Santa Barbara: Paul Kockelman, U Chicago

Dictionary Society of North America Fellowships

The Dictionary Society of North America Fellowship provides $1700 tuition for a student at the 2013 LSA Linguistic Institute at the University of Michigan who enrolls in the course Lexicography in Natural Language Processing


  • 2013 U Michigan: Erin Vobornik, Northern Illinois University
  • 2011 U Colorado-Boulder: Justin McBride, Oklahoma State University

Rackham Diversity Allies Fellowships

Rackham Diversity Allies Fellowships are made possible by a generous grant from the Horace H. Rackham Graduate School at the University of Michigan and are for 10 highly talented and motivated undergraduate students who intend to pursue graduate work in Linguistics and who bring varied life experiences and perspectives that contribute fresh approaches to complex research problems in Linguistics.  The Fellowship provides the costs of tuition, travel and lodging for the 2013 Linguistic Institute.

By offering financial assistance to those students who might not otherwise have access to the Institute, we aim to reduce disparities in graduate education and to promote the values of diversity and inclusion by funding students who represent a broad array of life experiences and perspectives.

Recipients must be U.S. citizens, undergraduates registered at a college or university and meet one or more of the following criteria:

  • come from an educational, cultural or geographic background that is underrepresented in Linguistics; 
  • have demonstrated commitment to diversity in the academic, professional, or civic realm through work experience, volunteer engagement, or leadership of student or community organizations. By diversity, we mean efforts to reduce social, educational or economic disparities based on race, ethnicity or gender, or to improve race relations in the U.S.; 
  • have experienced financial hardship as a result of family economic circumstances;
  • be first-generation U.S. citizens or the first generation in their families to graduate from a four-year college.