Instituted in 2010, the Early Career Award recognizes scholars early in their careers who have made outstanding contributions to the field of linguistics. The award provides travel reimbursement (up to $500) and complimentary registration for the next Annual Meeting. Nominators must be current LSA members.
Nominations of women and underrepresented ethnic minorities are particularly encouraged.
Next Nomination Deadline A preliminary nomination consisting of the nominee's name, CV and/or website URL, must be received no later than August 1, 2021. The purpose of a preliminary nomination is to alert the Awards Committee of your intent, and to offer early assistance in helping you prepare a successful nomination. Following receipt of a preliminary nomination, you will be contacted directly with additional details about the kinds of assistance available.
A final nomination, consisting of a completed nomination form, an updated curriculum vitae for the nominee, and a brief citation that can be read at the presentation of the award, must be received by September 1, 2021.
Eligibility Any LSA member who received the Ph.D. degree no more than ten years before being nominated. (When the Early Career Award was instituted, the time limit was seven years. It was raised to ten years in 2015, to take effect with the 2016 award.)
Final Nomination Form In the final nomination form, you will be asked to address the areas listed below. For each area, you will be asked to provide the information requested or explain why it does not apply to this nomination. Be aware that failure to address one or more of the areas may negatively impact your nomination. Note also that you will need to fill the information into the online form for each area; a .pdf cannot be uploaded.
discussion of scholarly products and evaluation of their importance/significance. Mention breadth of (sub)field(s) that are impacted and depth of impact in specific subfields;
discussion of publication quality and rate, in comparison to other linguists at that career stage;
evidence of original thinking: of having gone beyond dissertation work into different/cutting edge areas, and/or of having explored new approaches to old problems; discussion of contributions to public awareness of and exposure to linguistics;
discussion of contributions to the field (conference planning, service to local and national organizations, etc.);
discussion of contributions to language community or communities;
discussion of contributions to workplace, university/departmental life, if appropriate.