The NFMLTA/NCOLCTL Graduate Students Research Support Award


Application deadline: February 1, 2018:  Notification of award: March 1, 2018


Instituted in 2014 by the NFMLTA and the National Council of Less Commonly Taught Languages (NCOLCTL), this award supports graduate student research in the fields of applied linguistics and language education with small grants focused on the teaching and learning of less commonly taught languages (all languages except English, Spanish, French, and German). The grants provide resources at any stage of dissertation writing, e.g., data gathering, data transcription, data analysis, or write-up of the findings.


For 2018, five awards in the amount of $1,000 each will be made.


Awardees are expected to be members of NCOLCTL. The awards will be given at the Awards Ceremony during the annual NCOLCTL conference, April 19–22, 2018. Awardees are strongly encouraged to attend this event. A complete application includes:

  • A two-page (500-word) application letter detailing the research and how the award will be used towards the research
  • A two-page (500-word) curriculum vitae attachment

Proposals will be evaluated based on the following criteria:

·      Purpose of the study

·      Theoretical framework(s)

·      Research questions

·      Research methodology

·      Importance of the study

·      Limitations

·      Use of funding


(Maximum two pages, single spaced, Times New Roman 12)

Applications should be addressed to: Chair, NFMLTA–NCOLCTL Research Awards, and emailed to This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

For further information about opportunities focused on the less commonly taught languages, please see the web site of NCOLCTL,



Previous NFMLTA/NCOLCTL Graduate Students Research Support Award Recipients



Myriam Abdel-Malek, University of Pittsburgh, Pittsburgh, PA

Miaochun Wei(魏妙純), George Washington University, Washington, DC

Xin Zhang, Ohio State University, Columbus, OH

renot hendryanti, Indiana University, Bloomington, IN

Shinsuke Tsuchiya, Ohio State University, Columbus, OH