Michael Clyne Prize (a joint ALS-ALAA award)

The 2023 Michael Clyne Prize (a joint ALS-ALAA award) grantees have now been announced. They are:

  • Van Tran for 'Vietnamese-Australian children's speech and language competence '

Previous Michael Clyne Prize winners

Following a very generous contribution by Michael Clyne and also funded by donations in Michael's honour, the annual Michael Clyne Prize was established in 2006 for the best PhD or MA (Research) thesis with a focus on some aspect of immigrant bilingualism and language contact. The thesis must have been passed or the degree awarded at an Australian university in the previous year. This Prize is jointly administered by the Australian Linguistic Society and the Applied Linguistics Association of Australia.

The winner will be awarded a $1,000 cash prize and a contribution of up to $500 to cover costs (e.g. travel, accommodation, conference registration) for the recipient to attend either ALS or ALAA to present a paper on the research. The recipient will be guaranteed a place in the program at their chosen conference. A summary of the thesis will be published in newsletters of both associations when the award is announced. The winner will be announced at the AGMs of each society.

Application procedure

Please apply by completing the online application form. Check the box 'I'm a student' in the form, and complete the relevant fields, as well as fields on the following page. For year of enrolment put 'completed'. In addition to completing the online form, applicants must upload the following documents:

(i) a pdf copy of the thesis

(ii) a pdf copy of the examiners' reports

Applications will be assessed by a panel of 3, comprising the presidents of ALS and ALAA (or suitable representative from each society) and a representative from the area of sociolinguistics to be selected by the two presidents. Membership of the panel is determined on a yearly basis.

The prize will not be awarded in a given year if none of the applicants reaches a suitable standard (as determined by the panel).


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