We are pleased to announce an open call for applications for the ALMA Award 2011! We started the Award with two awardees, Muhammad Ali Khan and Lachlan Jackson, in 2010, and having had a productive year for all of us at Language on the Move, we are now on the lookout for new awardees for 2011. If you haven’t heard of the ALMA Award, read on and see if you would like to be part of the Language on the Move team!
The ALMA Challenge
Are you a current or future HDR student in applied sociolinguistics who is doing exciting and innovative language-on-the-move-research? Do you want your ideas and research more widely known and engaged with in a forum other than strictly academic ones? If your answer is yes to both questions, the ALMA challenge is for you!
The ALMA Award
Each year we would like to present two young researchers in the field with the chance to “play” with us on Language on the Move. We will feature the awardees’ work prominently on the site and mentor them over the course of one year to take your research (and your research writing!) to “the next level” – whatever that “next level” may be. The mentoring relationship is designed to be informal, related to the dissemination of your work, and to complement and support your existing supervision arrangements but not to infringe upon those in any way. We’ll also throw in a book voucher at the end of the year.
The ALMA 2011 Selection Process
In order to apply for the ALMA 2011, send us the following:
(a) A 500-word essay about your language-on-the-move research. The essay should include the following:
a. What is your brilliant idea? (aka “research question”)
b. Why is it interesting? (aka “rationale” aka “why should anyone care?”)
c. How does it relate to the field? (aka “lacuna” aka “it has not been done before but it is not alien esoterics either”)
d. How are you doing it? (aka “methodology”)
(b) A 100-word statement how your research relates to Language on the Move and how your work would be enhanced by ALMA 2011.
(c) A 50-word bio sketch about yourself.
Submit these three texts in one file to Kimie (takahashi.kimieATgmail.com – change AT to @). Submission constitutes consent to publish your essay on Language on the Move.
The ALMA 2011 Timeline
31 January 2011: deadline for submissions
15 March 2011: announcement of the ALMA 2011
April 2011-March 2012: tenure of the 2011 ALMA Awardees
The ALMA 2011 Selection Criteria
Ingrid and Kimie
• think that your work is innovative, promising and full of potential
• like your style
• hope that ALMA 2011 would make a real difference to your work and your writing and help to take it to “the next level”
We look forward to receiving applications from you!