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CISLL Outstanding Student Scholar Award (COSSA)


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 CISLL Outstanding Student Scholar Award (COSSA) is awarded to a student affiliate who best exemplifies our mission over the course of their graduate career and shows great promise as a future scholar in the fields represented by CISLL. 

This one-year award provides students with a $2,000 stipend in support of independent research that aligns with the broader mission of the center. During the fellowship year, the recipient will attend center-sponsored events, deliver a seminar presentation or poster presentation and prepare a research or policy brief.

Please note that the recipient of the COSSA award is advised that accepting this award will affect the amount of federal financial aid for which the student is eligible. To determine the effect of the award on one’s tax liability, the recipient is advised to consult a tax professional.


 Eligibility for nomination for the CISLL Outstanding Student Scholar award are:

  • CISLL Graduate Student Affiliates pursuing a doctoral degree
  • conducting scholarly activities associated with language and literacy 

Being nominated for the COSSA does not preclude the student from applying for or being nominated for other CISLL awards and funding.

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