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Application Process

Are you interested in language? In languages in a foreign setting? In what is involved in speaking or learning more than one language? The Center for Language Science at Penn State has received a multi-year grant from the National Science Foundation as part of the Partnerships for International Research and Education (PIRE) program. The project is entitled “Translating cognitive and brain science in the laboratory and field to language learning environments,” and is designed to study the way one or more languages are learned and used across the lifespan. The scope is very broad, and includes the consequences of being or becoming bilingual, the use of minority languages and dialects, and the incorporation of research on language into the educational curriculum and in society more generally.

Students who participate in the PIRE program will have the opportunity to work closely with Penn State research faculty who study language from a variety of perspectives. They will also spend a summer conducting remote collaborative research with one of our partner institutions (in Europe, Latin America, and Asia). This is an excellent opportunity to engage in hands-on research in an exciting field with significant social implications.

All research-related expenses are covered by the grant, including airfare, lodging, meals, and summer tuition and fees.

Application Deadline for Summer 2022: Friday, December 3, 2021

Eligibility Requirements

  • Students must be actively working with a CLS faculty member.
  • Students must have at least one semester remaining at Penn State after completing their fellowship.
  • Due to our sources of funding, non-U.S. citizens must have a primary or secondary major or minor in the College of the Liberal Arts or in the Department of Communication Sciences and Disorders.

Information Sessions

PIRE held an information session for interested undergraduate students September 16, 2021. If you missed the presentation and would like to review the main slides, you can view them here. 

Below you will find faculty-specific presentations and their contact information. If you have any questions, please do not hesitate to reach out to the starred presenters. 

How to Apply

If you are applying to collaborate with an international partner institution, please complete and submit your application via the Education Abroad website.

If you are applying to collaborate with a domestic partner institution (e.g., New Mexico, Florida, Washington, D.C.), please download the PIRE application form for Summer 2022. Please submit your completed application form, personal statement, and resume/CV to