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NSF post-doctoral funding opportunities

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Thanks to Jeff Runner, I just became aware of this post-doctoral program of the NSF (in SBE, i.e. the Social, Behavioral & Economic Sciences, which includes psychology, cognitive science, and linguistics). This program also recently underwent some changes. The program provides 2 years of funding. As for eligibility, let me quote the linked page: Ph.D. degree of the fellowship candidate must have been obtained within 24 months before application deadline (previously was within 30 months) or within 10 months after the application deadline (previously was 12 months).

Good luck to everyone interested.

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The NSF in 2020: The future of the Social, Behavioral,and Economic Sciences

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The NSF/SBE released its executive summary of 252 short white papers on the future of the social, behavioral, and economic sciences. Among other things, the report identifies four focus areas (population change; sources of disparities; communication, language, and linguistics; and technology, new media, and social network) and three properties of future research (data-intensive, multidisciplinary, and collaborative). But read for yourself. The report summarizes what the community (authors that submitted white papers) had to say about what works well and what needs to be improved in terms of the processes that are currently employed by the NSF to distribute its funding. On p. 24 an onward, you can read a summary of the many many linguistic white papers that seem to have been submitted (see p. 39 for a summary of which disciplines the white papers came from). On p.29 an onward the report lays out possible scenarios as to how the NSF might change in order to get to the outlined vision.

some (relatively) new funding mechanisms through NSF

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This might be of interest to folks, in case you haven’t seen it. First, there’s RAPID and EAGER. RAPID is a mechanism for research that requires fast funding decisions (e.g. b/c the first language with only one phoneme was just discovered but its last speaker is just about to enter into a vow of silence). EAGERs are “Early-concept Grants for Exploratory Research” for exploratory work – i.e. high risk research with a high potential for high pay-off. One important property of both mechanisms is that submissions do not have to be sent out for external review, which should substantially shorten the time until you hear back from NSF.

Second, there is now a new type of proposal that is specifically aimed at interdisciplinary work that would not usually be funded by any of the existing NSF panels alone – CREATIV: Creative Research Awards for Transformative Interdisciplinary Ventures.

Note that all three of these funding types allow no re-submission.

Congratulations: NSF Graduate Fellowships

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Congratulations to Dave Kleinschmidt for receiving a NSF Graduate Fellowship for his work on computational models of phonological category acquisition and phonological adaptation. Congratulations also to Esteban Buz for an honorable mention and excellent reviews for his work on using the iterative artificial language learning paradigm to study language change and the morpho-syntactic level.

Dave just finished a write-up of the first steps in his research on phonological adaptation. As soon as the reviewer comments are in, we will post the paper for comments on academia.edu.

Update 11/30/11: Dave’s paper is now available on academia.edu

Congratulations to Dave for receiving an honorable mention for the Best Student Paper award at the ACL workshop. An update on this paper won the Best Student Talk at AMLaP 2011, Paris, France.