Fellowship applications are now open for the LSA's 2019 Linguistic Institute at the University of California, Davis.  

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The Institute

The 2019 Linguistic Institute will be held June 24 - July 19 at the University of California, Davis. The Institute theme is “Linguistics in the Digital Era”.  The Institute will include 67 courses, 9 total weekend conferences, 15 “Wednesday Workshops”, which are events focusing on professional and academic  development, 7 public lectures, 3 poster sessions, and numerous social events. Classes will be held over a single four-week session. The course offerings include introductory and advanced courses in a range of subfields. Students at the Institute will also have opportunities to present their research. Poster sessions will be held on Sunday afternoons during the Institute. The first Institute Three Minute Thesis event will be held on July 17.

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Registration for the Institute will begin in mid January. Two steps are required:  registration (which is free) and enrollment in courses (which requires payment).  All fellowship applicants must register for the Institute.  Applicants who receive a fellowship will be given a "credit" allowing them to enroll in classes in March (the same time as other students).  Fellowship applicants will also have the opportunity to apply for on-campus housing.  These arrangements will be made after the student completes registration (on a rolling basis, with priority given to the first 250 students). 

The Fellowship Application (due February 21, 2019)

Graduate and undergraduate students interested in attending the 2019 Linguistic Institute may apply for LSA-funded fellowships. A large number of fellowships covering the full cost of tuition are available, as well as six named fellowships, some of which cover additional expenses.

Applicants must be student members of the LSA*. Student members should log in to the LSA website and click the green "Submit Fellowship Application" button on their member profile to access the application. Applicants will be notified of their fellowship status before course enrollment open in March. 

The fellowship application consists of the following elements in addition to the usual demographic data:

  • Any academic degrees awarded or in progress
  • pdf copies of transcripts for all relevant BA/BS, MA/MS, and PhD coursework, and of TOEFL scores if applicable. Unofficial copies are acceptable.
  • Evidence of English proficiency or a description of your experience using English. Examples of evidence include but are not limited to: status as a native speaker, study at an institution where the medium of instruction is English,  TOEFL/IELTS scores, significant writing in English, extensive coursework in English
  • A list of any publications or conference presentations (optional)
  • A Statement of Purpose of no more than 500 words describing why you want to attend the Linguistic Institute, how the Institute can help further your studies, and what difference it would make to you if you receive a fellowship.
  • If you are applying for the Bloch Fellowship, an additional 200-word statement of purpose detailing any relevant administrative or organizational experience. (The Bloch Fellowship carries significant administrative responsibilities).  
  • The names, affiliations, and email addresses of two people who will write letters of recommendation for you.  The LSA will send these individuals a link to submit their recommendation, which should be no more than 500 words and should detail how attending the Institute with a Fellowship will enhance your career in linguistics.
  • Additionally, all fellowship applicants must complete registration for the Institute: (For questions about Institute registration, contact [email protected].)

For technical questions about submitting your application, contact the LSA.

*The LSA does not wish extreme financial need to be a barrier to any student’s eligibility to apply for a fellowship for the Linguistic Institute. Accordingly, we will grant a waiver of student membership dues to any prospective applicant who attests to extreme financial hardship. We acknowledge that virtually every student has financial need, but this waiver is intended for those in especially reduced circumstances.  To see examples of extreme financial hardship, and to apply for a membership dues waiver, click here.  Once your application is approved, you will be able to log in to the LSA website and apply online for a fellowship.