2018 LD SIG Grants

2018 LD SIG Grants

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 must write a piece for the SIG’s newsletter, Learning Learning. Conference participation grant awardees should aim to submit this piece within two months of the conference. Research and project grant awardees should aim for submission within one year of receiving the grant. In addition, awardees of research and project grants must submit two short progress reports six months and then one year after receiving their grant outlining their progress and use of the grant money. Research and project grant recipients are also strongly encouraged to give a presentation on their research/project at a local LD SIG meeting, LD SIG forum, CCLT (informal LD SIG conference), or some other forum.

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 Saturday, 28 April 2018, 23:59 (Japan Standard Time) [NEW DEADLINE]. Applications will be reviewed over a two week period, and we aim to announce the successful applicants by 11 May 2018.

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.

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