Funding Opportunities

Proposal or Pilot (PoP) Grant

We are dedicated to supporting faculty and student research in the area of language and literacy.  CISLL’s Proposal or Pilot Grant (PoP) grants offer two types of award that vary in purpose and maximum award amount (described below). Award amounts may vary depending on need. Each fall we will issue a call for proposals. To be eligible, you must be a CISLL graduate student or faculty affiliate.

The first type of PoP grant provides a maximum award amount of $14,000. It is intended to support faculty affiliates in the completion of a proposal for a federally funded grant. 

The second type of PoP grant will provide up to $2000 to support a faculty or graduate student affiliate to work on a pilot study or proposal. These types of grants can also support work that help affiliates progress in their program of research. 

Get more information about PoP Grants for a graduate student affiliate or faculty member

CISLL Outstanding Student Scholar Award (COSSA)

All CISLL graduate student affiliates who are pursuing a master's or doctoral degree and who are conducting scholarly activities associated with language and literacy at NIU are eligible to be nominated for the CISLL Outstanding Student Scholar Award. We are committed to creating a new generation of scholars who have a broad perspective on the study of language and literacy. Each year the COSSA is awarded to a student affiliate who best exemplifies CISLL’s mission over the course of their graduate career and shows great promise as a future scholar in the fields represented by CISLL.  During the fellowship year, the student is expected to continue research on language and literacy at NIU during the full academic year of the award, attend center-sponsored events, and will deliver a brief presentation on their work at the annual retreat.

Get more information about the COSSA Award or nominate a student.

Acknowledgement Statement

Awardees of CISLL funding are requested to acknowledge CISLL support when disseminating their work. An example acknowledgment statement is provided below.

The research was supported by the Center for the Interdisciplinary Study of Language and Literacy (CISLL) at Northern Illinois University. Any opinions, findings and conclusions or recommendations expressed in this article are those of the authors and do not necessarily reflect the views of the CISLL. 

Contact Us

Center for the Interdisciplinary Study of Language and Literacy
Gabel Hall 156
815-753-5793
cisll@niu.edu