Ladefoged Scholarship Awards are made from the fund established in memory of Peter Ladefoged. These awards go to graduate students in the Linguistics Department to offset the expenses of student research projects (other than for consultants or subjects, which are already covered by separate departmental funds). For example, awards can be used for expenses related to carrying out laboratory experiments or for linguistic fieldwork, such as transportation, development of stimuli, or recruitment, not available from other sources. Funding may also be requested for undergraduate research assistants when their role is essential to the project. For example, awards can be used to pay native speakers for help with stimulus preparation or coding. These awards are not intended to replace existing funding mechanisms inside or outside the department. The research supported must be the graduate student’s own research, with a preference for dissertation-related research; faculty research projects cannot be supported in this way.

The maximum award per student will be $1000, but awards are generally expected to be less, and applications for much smaller awards are encouraged. A student may receive multiple awards over time, but $1000 is the maximum cumulative award amount per student.

The typical maximum total number of awards made per fiscal year will be 4.

For more information about the awards, including previous winners, please consult the public page for the Scholarship.

Recipients of Ladefoged Scholarship Awards will be REQUIRED to make, at the end of their funded project, a webpage about the research, including a photo of the researcher. Until this webpage is posted, a student will be ineligible for any other research or travel funding from the Department. The faculty view these webpages as an important way to solicit further donations to the Fund, without which the award program will quickly come to an end.

Application information

Applications will be reviewed twice a year: Fall quarter (Friday of week 5) and Winter quarter (Friday of week 9).

An application consists of:

(1) three printed copies of a two-page statement, which should include a Project Description, a Budget, and a Budget Justification (please submit these to the SAO); and

(2) a letter of recommendation from the faculty supervisor of the proposed project (please ask your supervisor to give this directly to the SAO).

Applications will be reviewed by the Department’s Student Research Support committee. Students will be notified within two weeks of the application deadlines.

Please note that although funds for subjects and consultants are not provided by this program, if your research requires subjects or consultants you will need to have your plans approved by the Office for the Protection of Research Subjects.