Guidelines for the allocation of financial support for scientific conferences by VALS-ASLA / Applying for financial support from the SHAS
VALS-ASLA can provide financial support for the organisation of scientific events if the event’s topic is within VALS-ASLA's area of interest, i.e. if it is connected to Applied Linguistics in all its forms (see points 1-5).
In addition, applications for financial support for conferences in the field of Applied Linguistics addressed to the SHAS must be submitted via VALS-ASLA (see point 5).
1. Scientific Events
Organising a scientific event is defined as the organisation of a colloquium or a conference for scientists on a topic within the field of Applied Linguistics.
Preference will be given to the following four event categories:
The following documents must be enclosed with an application for financial support:
VALS-ASLA contributes an annual amount of up to CHF 10,000 to support the organisation of scientific events. Individual events may be supported but events falling under the categories mentioned under point 1 will be prioritised. The following contributions can usually be applied for:
5. Examination and Decision
VALS-ASLA's Board assesses the applications for financial support in the order of their arrival during one of three annual board meetings. The Board informs the applicant of its decision as soon as possible. The next submission deadline is 15 September 2019. Members of VALS-ASLA are eligible to apply. In cases of hardship, the Board may deviate from the guidelines.
In addition, applications for financial support may be submitted to VALS-ASLA with a request to forward it to the Swiss Academy of Humanities and Social Sciences (SHAS). Such applications are subject to both the conditions defined by the SHAS and the special submission deadlines by VALS-ASLA.
Applications to the SHAS must be submitted to VALS-ASLA at an early stage in order to be assessed before being forwarded to the SHAS and, if necessary, to consult the conference organisers. The submission deadline for conferences taking place in 2021 is expected to be 15 December 2019 (in the case of a positive assessment, the application will be forwarded to the SHAS by mid-March 2020).
Announcement of travel grants for prospective researchers
VALS-ASLA supports Swiss doctoral students with contributions to costs arising from participating in conferences in the field of Applied Linguistics in Switzerland and abroad. A maximum amount of CHF 500 per request is intended to facilitate the financing of conference trips. The following criteria are to be considered:
The application should contain the following information, compiled in a single PDF document:
Incomplete applications will not be considered.
The Vice President shall inform the applicants of the Board’s decisions as soon as possible. In the case of a lecture abstract that has not been accepted yet, a positive decision is not final until the lecture abstract has been accepted. Payments are made after lectures have been held.