Applied Linguistics Association of Australia

Scholarships & Prizes

M.A.K. Halliday Scholarship

The M.A.K. Scholarship is currently under review (as at June 2017). We anticipate calling for applicants in early 2018. 

For further information, please contact:

Dr Michelle Kohler (Secretary, ALAA) at

Michael Clyne Prize for research thesis on immigrant bilingualism and language contact

The annual Michael Clyne Prize has been established for the best postgraduate research thesis in the area of immigrant bilingualism and language contact. The Prize up to $1500 is jointly administered by ALAA and ALS (Australian Linguistic Society).  

  • Prize to be awarded to an MA (research) or PhD thesis examined (or passed by examiners) in the previous year that focuses on some aspect of immigrant bilingualism and language contact. The thesis should have been submitted at an Australian university
  • The award is a $1000 plus contribution of up to $500 to cover costs (e.g. travel, accommodation, conference registration) for the recipient to attend either ALS or ALAA (their choice) to present a paper on their research
  • The recipient will have a guaranteed slot in the conference of their choosing (i.e. either ALS or ALAA in the year of the award)
  • Award to be announced at the AGMs of each society.

Details of the Prize, including eligibility requirements, timeline and submission process, are here: Michael Clyne Prize 

ALAA Postgraduate Travel Scholarships: Call for Applications

Applications are called for ALAA Postgraduate Travel Scholarships to attend the ALANZ/ALAA/ALTAANZ Conference to be held in Auckland from 27th – 29th November 2017. Five scholarships of up to $8001 each are available. The scholarships can be used towards conference registration, travel and/or accommodation. They will be awarded as a reimbursement for documented expenses after the conference.

Eligibility criteria:

To be eligible for a scholarship, you must:

  1. hold a current ALAA membership for at least six months at the time of application;
  2. be enrolled as a full time higher degree research student or
  3. not have been awarded a research degree (Masters or PhD) before 30th June 2017
  4. not be in full time employment
  5. have a presentation accepted for the ALANZ/ALAA/ALTAANZ 2017 conference.

Application Procedure:

To be considered, applications must include:

  1. a completed scholarship application form (see below)
  2. a one-page summary of your research project, addressing the following aspects:
    • aims, context, rationale, & methodology of the project
    • the project’s potential contribution to/significance for our understanding of issues related to the field of applied linguistics
    • innovation and potential impact
  3.  a copy of the abstract accepted for presentation at the 2017 ALAA conference
  4.  your CV
  5.  a letter of support from an academic commenting on the quality of your research

All applications should be submitted via email to ALAA Secretary The closing date is midnight Australian Eastern Summer time Friday 1 September 2017. Preference will be given to doctoral candidates, but research students at Honours and Masters levels are also encouraged to apply. Successful applicants will be notified by in due course. For more information on this year’s submission requirements, please download the ALAA Postgraduate Travel Scholarship application form (PDF) (160 KB). For further information, please email Dr Michelle Kohler (Secretary, ALAA) at

1. The amount awarded will relate to the travel costs involved in attending the conference.

Penny Mckay Memorial Fund

Penny McKay (1948 – 2009)--- Penny McKay Photo

The Penny McKay Memorial Award honours Penny’s contribution to research and development in second/additional language education. As a teacher, consultant, researcher, keynote speaker and professional activist, Penny McKay was a leader in language education in Australia and internationally. Working collaboratively with educators and researchers in schools, she pioneered an approach to assessing learners' development in English as an additional language.

The Award is jointly offered by the Applied Linguistics Association of Australia (ALAA), the Australian Council of TESOL Associations (ACTA) and the Association for Language Testing and Assessment of Australia and New Zealand (ALTAANZ).

The Award is for an outstanding doctoral thesis which benefits the teaching and learning of second/additional languages in Australian schools and pre-schools, including Indigenous languages, community languages, foreign languages, Standard Australian English as an additional language or variety, and English as a foreign language.

The Award consists of $500, a certificate and free conference registration at the ALANZ/ALAA/ALTAANZ Conference to be held in Auckland from 27th – 29th November 2017. The winner will be offered a slot to present a paper on an aspect of their research at that conference.

The winner will be formally announced at the AGM of each Association and be presented at the relevant ALAA conference. The winner’s name and a 300 word summary of their thesis will be published in each Association’s journal (ALAA – The Australian Review of Applied Linguistics; ACTA - TESOL in Context; ALTAANZ - Language Assessment Matters).


The closing date for 2017 applications is to be announced soon. Further information and details on the application procedure can be found here

Donating to the Award

The Award was established and is maintained from donations from individuals, professional associations and other institutions in Australia and overseas. To donate to the maintenance of this Award, please go to Make a Donation for further details. 

For further information, please email Dr Michelle Kohler (Secretary, ALAA) at


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