JALT Vocabulary SIG Research and Conference Grant FAQs
1. What grants are available?
There are two categories of grants, research grants and conference grants. There are
separate application forms for each. Up to three grants of either 50,000 or 100,000 yen
may be awarded in 2015 depending on the number of viable applications.
2. Can a single project be awarded both grants?
No, a project can be awarded just one grant. However, applicants who are denied a
research grant are encouraged to apply again under the category of conference grant
after they have been accepted to present at an appropriate venue (see below for
3. Who can apply for the grants?
The grants are available for JALT Vocabulary SIG members who do not already have
access to institutional assistance and research grant funding from their place(s) of
employment. The grants are specifically designed for part-time instructors working from
the kindergarten to tertiary levels, as well as individual instructors working for
themselves, companies, or language schools. Full-time instructors who do not have
access to institutional assistance and research grant funding from their place of
employment may also apply. Part-time instructors who are enrolled as part-time or
full-time graduate students are also eligible.
4. Are co-authored projects allowed?
Projects involving more than one instructor are welcome; however, the grant amount is
fixed at 50,000 or 100,000 yen and does not change if more than one person is involved.
5. What support can successful applicants get from the Vocabulary SIG for developing
Grant recipients have the opportunity to benefit from collaborative support from
members of the Vocabulary SIG who are experienced instructor-researchers. If
requested, they will provide advice and support in order to assist the development and
successful execution of the grant project.
6. What is the deadline for applying for 2015 awardees?
Applicants must submit their applications by midnight of November 15 th , 2015; they will
then be informed of the results after the vetting period is completed on or around
December 1 st , 2015. Research grant recipients will be announced on the JALT website as
well as at the 2016 JALT Vocabulary SIG Symposium. Recipients will also be notified in
II. Research Grants
Research grants are intended to provide funding for expenses that are incurred in carrying
out a research project (e.g., human resources, equipment, office supplies, travel).
1. Do successful research grant applicants need to present on their research?
Research grant recipients are required to give a presentation on their research after the
completion of their project. Research presentations may take place at one of the
following annual conferences:
these, and may be invited to present at the third.
2. Do successful research applicants need to write reports about their research?
Research grant recipients are required to write four short quarterly reports. The first
three reports should be approximately 500 words in length while the final quarterly
report should be at least 1,500 words. At the end of their research, grant recipients are
also required to submit an article to Vocabulary Learning and Instruction , the main
publication of the Vocabulary SIG. Publication in VLI will depend on the quality of the
3. What is the schedule for completing the research?
The main research schedule lasts from December 2015 to January 2017, with the
research presentation coming after that.
Year Date Deadline
2015 September 1st –
November 15th Application period
2015 December 1st Applicants and recipients informed of results
2015 December 15th Grants paid out contingent on finalization of research plan
Formal research period starts
2016 April 15th Deadline for first short quarterly report
2016 July 15th Deadline for second short quarterly report
2016 October 15th Deadline for third short quarterly report
2017 January 31st Deadline for final long report
2017 Presentation at one of the following conferences:
● JALT PanSIG Conference (Spring 2017)
● JALT Vocabulary SIG Symposium (Spring 2017)
● JALT International Conference (Fall 2017)
Submission of manuscript to VLI
4. When should grant recipients present on their research?
Research grant recipients should give a presentation at ONE (1) of the three annual
conferences listed in the timeline above, after their research has completed (i.e., spring
or fall 2017 for 2015 grant awardees). The aim of this presentation is to help the
awardees complete their project successfully and confidently by presenting it to the
III. Conference Grants
Conference grants provide funding for travel, lodging, and conference fees for applicants to
present on an already-completed research project.
1. Do applicants need to already have been accepted at a conference to be eligible for
the conference grant?
Prior acceptance to present research at a conference is recommended, but not required,
for eligibility for a conference grant. The SIG aims to support the dissemination of
high-quality, original research that contributes to the field, and application materials will
be judged accordingly.
2. Are conference grant recipients required to present at a JALT-sponsored conference?
Conference grant applicants may present at any conference in linguistics, applied
linguistics, or related fields.
3. Do successful conference grant applicants need to write reports about their activities?
Conference grant applicants are required to submit a summary of their completed
research during the grant application process. Grant recipients are also required to
submit an article to Vocabulary Learning and Instruction , the main publication of the
Vocabulary SIG. Publication in VLI will depend on the quality of the submission.
4. What is the schedule for conference grant recipients?
The application deadline is November 15 th , 2015. The following items must be submitted
prior to August 1 st , 2016: (a) proof of acceptance to present at a conference scheduled
any time before December 31 st , 2017, (b) a statement of conference registration fees
and (c) estimated travel and lodging expenses. Grant funds will be disbursed thereafter.
IV. Feedback and Further Information
These guidelines have been adapted from JALT Research Grants Guidelines
( http://jalt.org/researchgrants ). If you have any suggestions for improving these guidelines
or are in need of further information, please contact us at jaltvocabSIGgrants@gmail.com .
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