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Application for Summer 2021

Application Deadline for Summer 2021: Friday, February 26, 2021


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.

Funding covered by the grant include summer wages ($15 per hour, up to 24 hours per week for eight weeks), participant payments, and some other research expenses.

If able at a later date, we plan to provide the opportunity for each fellow to travel to their partner institution for one week to culminate their fellowship. Funding will cover airfare, lodging, and meals during this visit. Please note that this one-week experience can only take place if the student remains enrolled at PSU and if the COVID-19 pandemic subsides and travel is permitted.

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.

To download the PIRE application form for Summer 2021, please click here.

To apply, please submit your completed application form, personal statement, and resume/CV to