AISLS Grants for Language Instruction

AISLS Grants for Language Instruction

AISLS has funds from the US Department of Education to support US-based scholars who wish to acquire or improve language skills.  Limited funds are available to defray the costs of language instruction in Sinhala, Tamil, Pali or Arabic.  The instruction must take place in Sri Lanka and be obtained by September 30, 2011.  This program cannot cover translation costs, but it can cover instruction that takes the form of working with a tutor to translate texts or other materials.  The AISLS Colombo center will supply recipients with advice about language programs and tutors.

Normally, these awards will not be given to individuals who are in Sri Lanka with the support of a non-AISLS research award that provides expenses that can be used for language instruction.

Applicants should also fall into one of the following categories: 1) individual members of the AISLS resident in the US who hold a Ph.D. or equivalent qualification, 2) individual members of the AISLS who are undertaking language instruction to support the needs of graduate study at a US university, 3) faculty members at AISLS member institutions, or 4) graduate students at AISLS member institutions who are undertaking language instruction to support the needs of their program of study.  Previous recipients of AISLS language instruction awards are eligible.

To apply, please submit to John Rogers <rogersjohnd@aol.com> a short curriculum vitae, a one page statement that includes a description of the proposed instruction and how it supports your long-range research plans, a proposed timetable, and a budget.  The maximum award will be $300.  However, increases may be possible if there are surplus funds.  Proposals will be considered on an ongoing basis until the funds are exhausted.