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2017 Student Research Grant in Early Childhood Language Development

Note: These guidelines are available to serve as a reference. Student research grant guidelines and submission instructions are updated each year. The new guidelines will be available in early 2018.

Nature of the Competition

The American Speech-Language-Hearing Foundation invites master's and doctoral students to compete for the Student Research Grant in Early Childhood Language Development, supported by the Noel and Arlene Matkin Memorial Fund. This grant memorializes Arlene Matkin whose professional work was dedicated to early identification and intervention for young children with language delays and disorders. It also memorializes Noel Matkin, a pioneering pediatric audiologist, whose professional life was dedicated to early identification and intervention for children with hearing loss and committed to integration of these children into the mainstream.

In 2017, one grant of $2,000 will be awarded. The recipient and recipient's research mentor will be announced and recognized at the November ASHA Convention in Los Angeles, California. View past  Student Research Grant in Early Childhood Language Development recipients.


The following requirements must be met in order to be eligible for the Student Research Grant in Early Childhood Language Development.

  1. Students must be master’s or doctoral (research or clinical) degree students enrolled in, or accepted for, graduate study in speech-language pathology or speech-language science at an academic program in the United States.

  2. Students must be enrolled for full-time study for the full academic year.

  3. Master’s degree candidates must be in a program accredited by the Council on Academic Accreditation in Audiology and Speech-Language Pathology (CAA) of the American Speech-Language-Hearing Association.

  4. Proposals must be for research to be initiated in the area of early childhood language development. If applicable to the type of study, proposals in this area of child language can be inclusive of children with hearing impairment. 

Submission Procedures

Please note that proposals must be submitted electronically as one PDF file containing all required sections. The online submission system will close at 11:59 p.m. ET on May 22, 2017.

Required Reports

Grant recipients are required to submit a final report to the ASHFoundation no later than December 31, 2018. The final report must include an abstract and complete discussion of the research study, including objectives, methodology, results, analyses, and conclusions. The ASHFoundation may also request research results for publication purposes.

Grant recipients are strongly encouraged to submit the results to the Program Committee of an upcoming ASHA Convention and to an appropriate ASHA research journal. The American Speech-Language-Hearing Foundation should be acknowledged in any publication evolving from a study funded by the research grant.

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Questions regarding this competition should be directed to the ASHFoundation office at [email protected] or 301-296-8703.

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