Student Research Support
In 2007, the Department of Linguistics established
the Student Research Fund to advance the professional
development of its most promising students.
The purpose of the fund is to support fieldwork,
other data-collection efforts and the presentation
of papers at linguistics scholarly conferences.
Department faculty serve as the selection
committee, and applications will be accepted only
during the academic year (not during the summer).
Any application involving travel must be made
prior to the start of travel. Applicants should keep in mind that progress toward completion of the terminal degree will weigh heavily in award decisions.
Both data-collection and travel funding are now restricted to doctoral students, with one exception to be described in the following paragraph. The restriction is necessary because we must apply our limited funds to the most pressing need: funding dissertation research and conference travel for doctoral students, either while they are interviewing for academic positions or attempting to establish professional standing in the field. During their matriculation in the CU Linguistics doctoral program, doctoral students may apply for awards limited to either (a) one dissertation research award of up to $2000 and one conference award of up to $300 or (b) two conference awards of up to $300 each.
An exception to the aforementioned restriction may be made for MA students who are writing an MA thesis: such students may receive funds of up to $300 to support research leading to the MA thesis.
You must be a registered student in the graduate program in the Department of Linguistics at the time of application, and the research project or conference trip for which you are seeking funding must likewise occur during a semester in which you are registered. If the proposed activity will take place during the summer, you must be planning to register for the following fall semester. Graduating PhD students may petition for an exception to this deadline.
For fieldwork and data-collection support
- Deadline. Applications
for fieldwork and data-collection support
must be received by February 15.
Process. Fill out the Graduate
Student Fund Application form. This form requires
you to provide an itemized budget for
the proposed project. It also requires
a 1-2 page, double-spaced description
of your project, stating the goal,
the scope, the method and the expected
results. You must also explain how the
fieldwork or data-collection effort relates
to your dissertation or thesis topic.
Finally, you must indicate whether you
have been awarded or applied for funds
for this project from another funding
source. If so, indicate how much money
you have requested or received from that
- Report Requirement. Recipients of research funds are expected to submit a 1-page report to the Department chair describing research outcomes within three months after use of the funds.
of a paper at a conference
- Deadline. Funds will be disbursed on a
rolling basis in each academic year until
the funding cap for that year has been reached.
process. Fill out the Graduate
Student Fund Application form. The form requires
you to provide an itemized budget. It
also requires a 1-2 page, double-spaced
statement of purpose. In this statement,
you must describe the conference, how
participation will contribute to your
professional development and the contents
of your paper (stating the problem, your
hypothesis and the paper’s contribution
to the state of the art).
Attach the abstract of your paper.
of acceptance. Attach a copy of the
letter or email confirming inclusion of your
paper in the conference program.
Other sources of support
Students are urged to apply to other sources
on campus for travel/research funds.
Evidence that you have applied for or received
matching funds from other sources strengthens
your case for funding from the Linguistics
department. Other funding sources include:
Institute of Cognitive Science. The
Institute provides funding for students
enrolled in the ICS certificate or joint
PhD programs to travel to explicitly interdisciplinary
conferences or to conduct cognition research.
Students in any member department may apply
for funds, whether the student is presenting
at or simply attending an interdisciplinary
- The Graduate School. The
Graduate School offers partial
funding for graduate students to present research
findings at meetings or conferences
outside Colorado. The Graduate School
provides a travel grant of $300 for domestic
conferences and $500 for international
conferences. Funds are applied directly
to your tuition account.
- United Government
of Graduate Students (UGGS). The UGGS Travel Grant, with deadlines at the
beginning of the fall and spring semesters,
sponsors graduate students who are planning
to attend an academic conference. Graduate
students are only eligible to receive
travel aid once in their tenure at
- Center for Humanities and Arts (CHA). The Eaton Graduate Student Travel grant is a competitive grant that awards ten graduate students in humanities and arts $500 to support travel to conferences where they will present a paper. Deadlines are at the beginning of the fall and spring semesters.
- Beverly Sears Graduate Student Grant.
The Beverly Sears Graduate Student Grants are competitive awards sponsored by the Graduate School that support the research, scholarship and creative work of graduate students from all departments at CU-Boulder. All funding is provided by private donations, and the grants range from $100 to $1,000 per proposal.