ALT/TESL Small Research Grants Program

ISU’s ALT/TESL program is now accepting applications for small research grants. Funds will be awarded on a competitive basis based on the amount of funding available.

Eligibility requirements: Must be a current ISU graduate student in the ALT Ph.D. or TESL M.A. program.

Award value: Awards of up to $300 are available. (Students are only eligible for one award per semester.)

Small grant funds can be used to defer costs needed to cover costs associated with applied linguistics research projects OR to support students presenting papers at applied linguistics conferences. (Note: These awards are meant to supplement the conference funding already provided to TESL/ALT grad students through the English department.)

Research project award winners must write a short report (~ 500 words) after completing the research indicating how the money was spent and the findings of the study. The report must be submitted within six months of the award. If the research is not completed at that point, a progress report should be provided, and a subsequent report should be provided when the research is completed.

Presentation award winners must give their presentation at a Brown Bag applied linguistics meeting prior to presenting at the conference. Students are not eligible for a second award until the above requirements pertaining to their first award have been fulfilled.

Spring and Fall deadlines
Fall 2019 deadline: September 29
All funds should be spent in the semester that the grant is awarded unless prior arrangements have been made with the awards committee.

Application requirements
Research project proposals

  • Write a 500 word description of the project, which includes justification for research, research questions, methodology, and possible implications of the research.
  • Provide a budget for how the money will be spent. Indicate any other possible sources of funding.

Presentation proposals

  • Provide the abstract/summary of the presentation that has been accepted for a conference.
  • Provide the letter of acceptance for the presentation from the conference organizers.
  • Provide a budget for how the money will be spent. Indicate any other possible sources of funding.

How to apply
Applications should be submitted using this online form.

Notification of decisions will be provided within two weeks of the deadline for submissions.

Awards will be based on a reimbursement model. Completion of an expense report along with receipts will need to be turned into the English Department accountant to recoup incurred costs.