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LINGUIST List 18.3097

Tue Oct 23 2007

FYI: Research Grants Available

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        1.    J M Clark, Research Grants Available

Message 1: Research Grants Available
Date: 22-Oct-2007
From: J M Clark <jmcwaxlion.net>
Subject: Research Grants Available
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Research Grants Available

$10,000 Grants Available for Qualifying Research Proposals:
The Esperantic Studies Foundation (ESF) offers Interlingual Research Grants
of up to $10,000 to support publishable research on issues it considers to
be relevant to its mission. ESF is particularly interested in supporting
projects which:
(a) study or apply Esperanto within a broader disciplinary,
interdisciplinary, or educational context, e.g., L1/L2 Language Analysis,
L1/L2 Language Use, L1/L2 Language Processes, and L1/L2 Language Pedagogy
of Esperanto, including global studies and text/corpus linguistics; or
(b) improve our understanding of language barriers and inequalities in
general, and ways to overcome them that are both effective and just.

A central part of our research agenda is concerned with improving our
understanding of the phenomenon of Esperanto itself. While the language has
been in use for well over a century, it has been relatively little studied,
particularly within the disciplinary traditions of North American
scholarship. ESF supports research on all aspects of Esperanto, with a
strong preference for studies that shed light on wider issues of
interlingual communication; it also works to improve the quality and
availability of basic research tools such as Esperanto document
collections, databases, and bibliographies. At the same time, recognizing
that interlingual communication has itself been neglected as a research
topic, ESF supports work not directly related to Esperanto that holds the
potential of developing new theoretical frameworks or directions for
interlingual research, enriching the case study literature, or improving
communication across language barriers.

A second part of ESF’ program consists of improving the teaching and
learning of Esperanto, particularly in North America. Esperanto is rarely
taught in formal settings or by teachers who have undergone adequate
training. ESF supports projects that will increase the range, quality, and
accessibility of Esperanto instructional materials, teaching methods and
programs in North America and on the internet. ESF also supports innovative
educational projects that make use of Esperanto to achieve broader
educational goals.

A third part of our program is to improve communication among researchers
and educators with an interest in interlingual topics. Through its website
and newsletter, Advisory Board, electronic discussion list, and occasional
colloquia and conferences, ESF seeks to make existing research and
publications more widely know, and to inspire new scholarly work, both
individual and collaborative.

This program is particularly designed to benefit postdoctoral researchers
and junior faculty who are in the process of establishing a research
program, although anyone may apply.

In general, projects funded by ESF are required to meet the following
1. A clear timeline with a definite endpoint.
2. A tangible product, typically a printed or web-based publication.
3. As appropriate, a system of ongoing formative evaluation that may
involve a nominated specialist to serve as project advisor, an advisory
committee, or other means.
4. A research component that may take the form of a summative evaluation.

ESF’s grant program is not limited to $10,000 awards. Other amounts are
also available. Grants are awarded to projects that meet the approval of
the ESF research committee and the Board of Directors.

For more information about the Esperantic Studies Foundation or to apply
for a grant, please go to: www.esperantic.org/interlingualresearchhome.htm

Alternatively, feel free to contact Dr. Timothy Reagan, Executive Director,
at: adminesperantic.org.

Linguistic Field(s): Applied Linguistics; Discipline of Linguistics; General Linguistics; Language Acquisition; Language Documentation; Text/Corpus Linguistics; Translation

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