The LSA is pleased to issue the official call for applications to students interested in attending its Annual Meeting via the CEDL Travel Award program. The travel awards are sponsored by the LSA's Committee on Ethnic Diversity in Linguistics (CEDL).

This year the LSA CEDL is awarding up to six student travel grants intended to increase the participation of underrepresented ethnoracial minorities in the LSA*. Each grant (maximum  $1000) will assist students in traveling to the 2020 LSA Annual Conference in New Orleans, LA. Current students with and without accepted abstracts may apply for one of two types of travel grants:

        1) for graduate students who have not yet completed their linguistics degree program; or

        2) for undergraduates who want to pursue a linguistics graduate degree.

To apply, please complete the PDF form available here and send it to [email protected]. All applications must include (1) an official university transcript and (2) a 1-page letter of support by an advisor or professor written on official university letterhead. Graduate student applicants must also provide a full CV. All application materials should be sent to [email protected], including the letter of support. Letters of support should primarily address the applicant’s current involvement with and potential contributions to the field of Linguistics, their academic standing and rigor, their leadership in advocating for ethnoracial diversity in linguistics, and why the individual is a good candidate for the CEDL travel award to increase ethnoracial diversity in Linguistics for underrepresented minorities.

In their Personal Statement, applicants should (1) include a clear description of their project or research interests, focusing on its potential contribution to the field of Linguistics and/or general society; (2) demonstrate an understanding of the mission of LSA’s Committee on Ethnic Diversity in Linguistics; (3) articulate their advocacy for the importance of ethnoracial diversity to the field of Linguistics and/or general society; (4) discuss what they hope to contribute to the LSA and CEDL at future meetings; and (5) explain how and why travel grant funds are needed and will be used.

All application materials must be received before midnight (Eastern Standard Time) on November 9, 2019. Incomplete applications and applications received after the November 9 deadline will not be considered. Any questions should be addressed to the CEDL Travel Grant Selection Committee at [email protected].

All awardees are required to attend the CEDL Business Meeting at the LSA and email a detailed, 500-word written report of their LSA experience after the conference to [email protected]. Applicants will be notified of their award status by November 28.

*Such groups include African Americans, Native Americans, Hispanic Americans, and Americans with an Asian and/or Pacific Islander background. You do not need to be a US citizen to apply.