Grants 2018

2018 LD SIG Grants

updated 10 November 2018

1. Introduction
Every year, the Learner Development (LD) SIG provides grants to support members’ professional development, research and educational- and volunteer-related activities and projects in the broad area of learner development.

2. Types of grants available
In 2018, the LD SIG will provide up to five grants worth 40,000 yen each to current SIG members. (Note that the number of grants awarded may change due to budget restrictions and the number of viable applications.)

Members may apply for the following grant categories:
1. Conference participation (PanSIG, JALT CALL, ILA, International JALT Conferences)
2. Research
3. Projects

There is no set number of grants for each grant category. All applications will be judged on merit according to the same grant selection criteria (see below). Research and project grants can be submitted by individuals or groups (including local LD SIG groups); in the case of group submissions all group members must be current SIG members.

3. Restrictions
Applications for conference participation and research grants are restricted to members who do not receive institutional funding. Applications for project grants are open to all members. While members may apply for more than one grant category, members can only be awarded one grant per year. Past grant awardees are eligible to make future grant applications, however previous receipt of a grant may be taken into account during the selection process.

4. Obligations

As a condition of receiving a grant, all grant awardees (conference/research/project) must write a piece for the SIG’s newsletter, Learning Learning.

I. Conference grant awardees: Contribute a personalised conference review of between 1200 and 1600 words long.

(i) You don’t need to review the whole conference; rather, please focus your writing on a specific learner development topic or puzzle (that is, a question about learning and/or your learners) that is interesting and meaningful for you and that you wish to explore by attending the conference. Please aim to write with a personal voice about your exploration of that topic or puzzle.

(ii) Once awarded a grant, please contact the Learning Learning editors responsible for grant awardee writing (email: <LLeditorialteam@googlegroups.com>) and share with them a 100- to 150-word sketch/ideas/plan of what you intend to write so that you develop your writing in consultation with them. Be sure to do this a few weeks ahead of the conference that you will be attending. Many thanks.

(iii) Ideally, you will complete a first draft of your conference report within two months of the conference, and through further feedback and discussion, a final draft (1200-1600 words) within 3 months of the conference that you attend).

II. Research grant awardees: Complete a progress report on the development of your research, 600-800 words long, within three months of receiving the grant, and a final draft (1600-2000 words maximum) within one year.

(i) As a first step, please send to the Learning Learning editors responsible for grant awardee writing (email: <LLeditorialteam@googlegroups.com>) and share with them a 100- to 150-word sketch/ideas/plan of what you intend to write so that you develop your writing in consultation with them.

(ii) You don’t need to review the whole field related to your research; rather, please focus your writing on the specific learner development topic or puzzle that you are researching, and write in a personal voice about your research of that topic or puzzle.

(iii) Through further feedback and discussion, you would send a progress report of 600-800 words within 6 months of receiving the grant and a more or less complete draft within 9 months of receiving the research grant for a final draft (1600-2000 words) within one year.

III. Project grant awardees should aim to submit an initial short report of 600-800 words within six months of receiving the grant, and a final draft (1600 words maximum) within one year.

(i) As a first step, please send to the Learning Learning editors responsible for grant awardee writing (email: <LLeditorialteam@googlegroups.com>) a 100 to 150-word sketch/ideas/plan of what you intend to write so that you develop your writing in consultation with them.

(ii) Through further feedback and discussion, you will complete a more or less complete draft within nine months of receiving the project grant, and a final draft (1600 words maximum) within one year.

Note: It would be great too if research and project grant recipients give a presentation on their research/project at an LD SIG forum or local LD SIG event (a get-together for example), so please do discuss possibilities with the SIG committee.

5. Timing of grant payment
Conference participation grant awardees will receive their grant during the actual conference which they have been supported to attend, typically during the LD SIG forum. Research and project grant awardees will receive their grant within roughly one month of announcement of the grant recipients.

6. Selection criteria
All applications will be judged on merit according to the selection criteria below:
1. Clarity of the applicant’s purpose for applying for the grant
2. Connection between the applicant’s purpose and the LD SIG’s aims**
3. Necessity of receiving the grant & Appropriateness of proposed budget allocations

**See http://ld-sig.org/about-us/

7. How to apply
Email your application to learnerdevelopmentsiggrants AT gmail DOT com

A. In your email answer the following in English or Japanese**:
1. Name
2. Institution/s and role/s
3. Grant category you are applying for
4. JALT membership number

B. In an attached MS Word document, answer the following in English or Japanese**. Be sure to include your name in both the file itself and the file name.

I) Conference participation grants: In approximately 600 words (1200 characters) explain a) which conference you wish to attend (PanSIG, JALT CALL, ILA, International JALT Conference); b) your purpose for attending the conference; c) your need for funding; d) how you plan to use the grant money; e) a statement confirming that you do not receive institutional funding.

II) Research grants: In approximately 700 words (1400 characters) explain a) your research proposal including reference to any related research you have conducted to date; b) your research schedule; c) how you plan to distribute the findings of your research; d) your need for funding; e) how you plan to use the grant money; f) a statement confirming that you do not receive institutional funding.

III) Project grants: In approximately 700 words (1400 characters) explain a) your project proposal including reference to any previous related activities you have conducted; b) the overall aim of your project and how you will determine if the aim has been achieved; c) your project schedule; d) a statement explaining your current receipt of institutional funding and your need for funding for this particular project; e) how you plan to use the grant money.

** Applications submitted in Japanese will be translated into English and the English translation will be used during the selection process.

8. Deadlines
The application deadline for all grant categories is (to be decided) April 2019, 23:59 (Japan Standard Time). Applications will be reviewed over a two week period, and we aim to announce the successful applicants by (to be decided) May 2019.

9. Inquiries
Any questions regarding the grants or any feedback should be sent to the grants team:
learnerdevelopmentsiggrants AT gmail DOT com

10. Previous grant recipients
Here you can find a list of past grant recipients.