Research Grants

The 2021 Research Grants grantees have now been announced. They are:

  • Hanna TORSH for 'Pride and shame ten years on: Revisiting linguistic identity and family language policy '
  • Yanping Li from Western Sydney University for 'Native English Speakers’ Learning of Mandarin Tones in Regionally-accented Mandarin Words'
  • Caroline de Dear from Macquarie University for 'Questions and responses in Gija conversations'
  • Alex Anderson from The University of Sydney for 'The Gudjal Project'

1. Applicant Details

The principal applicant must be a current financial member of ALS at the date of submission of the application. If the principal applicant is not a current financial member of ALS, the application will not be considered.

If there is more than one applicant for a research grant, please copy the applicant details and provide a separate set of applicant details for each applicant. 

Please follow the instructions below and complete the online application form. 

Note: For the 2021 Grant round, you must include in your application two items of covid-related information. (1) How your proposed activity will be viable under current covid-related conditions. (2) How you will carry out the activity in a covid-safe way. Please include this in the feasibility section of the application.

2. The Project

Project title

Provide a brief, no more than 10 words, the title of the project

Project Summary

Provide a brief, 200 words maximum, statement summarising what the project will do, its aims, significance and expected outcomes.

Research Goals

Briefly outline the key goals this research will address and why they are significant.

Project Description

Provide a statement of a maximum of around 500 words outlining how you will you carry out the research, including details of field sites if relevant; key methodologies; what data exists already; how are you going to collect and/or analyze data; etc. Include a brief timeline.


Provide a statement of no more than 200 words outlining what expertise and training you/your team has to undertake this research; any technical expertise required and how this is available on your team; and any time frame factors that affect implementation of the project. Are there factors which necessitate that the research is undertaken within a particular time frame? NOTE: This relates to time constraints which follow inherently from the nature of the research itself.

Covid issues

Provide a statement of no more than 200 words outlining: (1) How your proposed activity will be viable under current covid-related conditions; and (2) How you will carry out the activity in a covid-safe way.

Research Approvals

Does the project require approvals, ethics or otherwise? Have these been obtained? If not, what is the evidence that they will be in place by the commencement of the research project?

Potential Alternate Funding

Have you applied to any other source of funding (e.g. ARC, ELDP)? When will you know the outcome of that application? If you are a student, please indicate if your Department/Centre/etc has research support funds available to students, and if you have applied for such funds. If your application has been approved, indicate what funding has been approved and for what expenses. If it is still under consideration, when will you know the outcome. Does your supervisor have a relevant research grant? If so, how much funding is supplied from that research grant for your research?

3. Budget

Please provide an estimate of the overall budget for the project. You may request funding up to $5,000. Use the fields in the online form for amount and justification for each budget line. This could include accommodation, payments to consultants, travel. Funding for equipment will only be available in exceptional circumstances. Funding generally excludes conference travel (please provide a detailed justification if you ask for this).

Please clearly show any other funds you have obtained or requested (your own personal contributions, or any student research allocation from your School, for example) in addition to the amounts requested from the ALS.

IMPORTANT: Tax Office Ruling on Grant Administration through Universities

The ALS accountants have advised ALS that ALS is not liable for GST, as the research grantee is not supplying anything to ALS. ALS does not receive either a good or a service. All that is required is a report on what was done and how the money was spent. ALS is not supplied with any intellectual rights or other tangible assets. 

Please see the attached Tax Office ruling in PDF & MS Word.

Consequently, research grant applications may not include provision for GST.

Universities standardly invoice GST on all transactions. If you are planning to administer your grant through a University, you will need to discuss procedures for invoicing ALS for the research grant that do not involve the collection of GST. It may be helpful to provide the relevant University administration personnel with a copy of the Tax Office ruling.

4. Assessment Criteria

The scheme is open to projects of all kinds falling under the general heading of “Linguistics”.

The ALS Executive will assess research grant applications against the following criteria.

A. Is the project well designed and feasible? What approvals, expertise, and resources are required to complete the project within the timeframe specified?

B. Given the research opportunities available to the applicant(s), is there evidence that the applicant(s) will bring the project to successful completion within a reasonable timeframe?

C. Will the proposed research be cost-effective and value for money?

D. What is the potential time period when the research could be undertaken?

E. The potential for the applicant(s) to obtain funding from other sources.

F. The potential significance of the proposed research.

5. Accounting and Reporting

Successful applicants will be required to sign a contract with ALS. This contract will set out the research to be undertaken and the funds supplied by ALS. Grantees will be required to:

A. Account for all expenditure.

B. Provide copies of receipts for all expenditure.

C. Provide a final report describing the research undertaken and the results of this research.

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