What is the Sawyer Scholarship?

The Department of Linguistics is excited to offer a new scholarship, the Sawyer Scholarship for Applied Linguistics, to be awarded for the first time for the summer of 2017.

The Sawyer scholarship is awarded to a UC Berkeley undergraduate student to pursue a summer project or activity within any area of applied linguistics. This could be a research project, an internship, engagement with language teaching or learning, development of language teaching or learning materials, shadowing of a professional in the applicant’s intended career path, or some other applied linguistics project. We anticipate that the scholarship amount will be $2500-$4000.


All majors and class standing may apply if you meet all of the following:

  • You are an undergraduate student currently enrolled at UC Berkeley.
  • You are in good academic standing with a minimum 2.0 GPA at UC Berkeley.
  • Your project falls within applied linguistics (if in doubt talk to your project sponsor).

Application guidelines and process

Your application should include:

  1. Your name and transcript of your UC Berkeley course work (transcript can be a screen shot, no official transcript required).
  2. A brief description (up to 1 page) of what project or activity you intend to pursue.
  3. A brief statement (up to 1 page) explaining why you would like to do this project or activity, including the goals of the project or activity and how they fit with your larger educational and/or career goals, and your preparation for doing the project or activity, including course work, personal background, work experience (volunteer or paid).
  4. Name, affiliation, and contact information of project sponsor. The project sponsor can be a linguistics faculty member, a faculty member from another department or another educational institution, or an off-campus professional or specialist.

Submit your application by email with the subject line "Sawyer Scholarship 2017" to Martine Alexander (martinea@berkeley.edu) by March 1, 2017

Applicants will be notified by March 25th.

If you have questions, please contact the Undergraduate Staff Advisor, Martine Alexander, at martinea@berkeley.edu .