University of Pittsburgh’s Center for Russian and East European Studies will
award up to two Language Teaching and Learning Research (LTLR) Grants for
scholars to conduct research projects on-site at the Slavic, East European, and Near Eastern Summer Language Institute
in June – July 2018. Funded projects must focus on the teaching and learning of
one or more of the following priority languages: Bosnian/Croatian/Serbian,
Polish, Russian, Turkish, and Ukrainian.
Other languages that are taught at the
SLI may be included in a project proposal in addition to these priority languages;
for the complete list of language
courses offered. Applicants
may propose to be in residence in Pittsburgh for either all or a portion of the
two-month duration of the SLI, according to the needs of their projects.
should propose projects that will take advantage of the unique environment and
resources available at an intensive campus-based summer language institute,
while not placing excessive demands on the time of SLI instructors or students.
Projects involving the development of online language instructional materials
are of particular interest, but other types of projects that make significant
contributions to language teaching and learning will also be considered. Successful
applicants will be responsible for obtaining IRB approval or exemption for
research projects involving human subjects and for obtaining the informed
consent of research subjects, if applicable, before starting to work on their
recipients will be expected to submit a report of their research results to
REES by October 2018; to acknowledge REES and the SLI as
sponsors in any publications based on their funded projects; and to make their
research products (including raw data, if possible) available for dissemination
to other language instructors and scholars on a University of Pittsburgh
Applicants must hold a master’s or
doctoral degree in an academic field related to foreign language education or
be enrolled in a relevant graduate degree program. As REES and the SLI are
unable to provide mentors to supervise research projects, applicants must
demonstrate the ability to conduct self-directed research by presenting
evidence of academic publications or other documentation of their capacity for
independent work. Priority consideration will be given to applications submitted by February 1, 2018.