BLC Fellowships

Created by Chris Palmatier
Published Dec 10, 2012

Application Deadline: Monday, February 2, 2015

For Language Lecturers, 2015-16

The Berkeley Language Center is pleased to announce the availability of up to six one-semester research fellowships for Unit 18 lecturers or language program coordinators for the upcoming academic year (pending authorization of funding).

These fellowships will provide lecturers with the equivalent of one-course release time to work on individual projects designed to further their own professional development. Research projects might include: designing and developing instructional materials of various kinds; developing innovative uses of technology; developing new course syllabi or curricular innovations or assessment plans; engaging in independent study of an area of relevant literature, including enrolling in a course of relevant interest offered at UC Berkeley; doing an empirical study of some aspect of language learning; preparing a research paper for public presentation or publication in a professional journal. The fellowship culminates in a presentation to the UC Berkeley language community. Past fellows have also presented their research at conferences, or published their work in established journals.

The projects will be undertaken in collaboration with the BLC Director, Rick Kern, and the BLC Associate Director and Director of the Language Media Center, Mark Kaiser. Regular attendance at the weekly research fellows’ meetings is required. Lecturers teaching any language at UC Berkeley are eligible to apply. Those teaching less commonly taught languages are particularly encouraged to apply. If you are interested, we strongly encourage you to discuss your research project proposal with either Rick Kern or Mark Kaiser.

Please complete the fellowship application form, and include a two-page description of your project (see specifications on application form), a current CV, and a letter of recommendation by the chair of your department, explaining how your project benefits the teaching and research mission of your department and/or your professional development. Submit application and documentation via email or mail to BLC department (mailing address listed below).
Download Lecturer application as an interactive PDF

For Graduate Students, 2015-16

The Berkeley Language Center is pleased to announce the availability of up to six one-semester GSR (IV) positions for one semester in each in the following academic year (pending authorization of funding).

These fellowships will enable graduate students to work on special projects both to improve the quality of language instruction in their current department and to enhance their professional development as teachers, which can potentially benefit their future chances of employment at other institutions. Research projects might include research on: theoretical aspects of second language acquisition; language learning media and instructional materials; handbooks on specific aspects of language teaching; innovative activities to teach literature or culture in the language class; drama techniques to teach language; performance-based tests to assess linguistic, literary or cultural competence. The fellowship culminates in a presentation to the UC Berkeley language community. Past fellows have also presented their research at conferences, or published their work in established journals.

The projects will be undertaken in collaboration with the BLC Director, Rick Kern, and the BLC Associate Director, Mark Kaiser. Regular attendance at the weekly research fellows’ meetings is required. Graduate students teaching any foreign language at UC Berkeley are eligible to apply. Those teaching less commonly taught languages are particularly encouraged to apply. If you are interested, we strongly encourage you to discuss your research project proposal with either Rick Kern or Mark Kaiser.

Please complete the fellowship application form, include a two-page description of your project (see specifications on application form), a current CV, and a letter of recommendation by the chair of your department, explaining how your project benefits the teaching and research mission of your department and/or your academic development.
Download Graduate Student application as an interactive PDF

Submit application and documentation via email or mail to the BLC department.

Professor Rick Kern
BLC Fellowship Program
Berkeley Language Center
B-40 Dwinelle Hall #2640

Application Deadline: Monday, February 2, 2015

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