Michael Clyne Prize

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 2017. 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 in 2017 to present a paper on the research. The recipient will be guaranteed a slot 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.

1.1 Application

In addition to completing the online application form, applications should include documents below:

(i) a copy of the examiners' reports;

(ii) a 300-500 word summary of the thesis and its main findings;

(iii) a supporting letter from the supervisor(s).

Applications will be assessed by a panel of 3, being 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.

1.2 Note

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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