The Fred Halliday Language Award

Annually, the LSE Language Centre organises study trips for students taking a language course, either as an outside option or in addition to their studies, in order to reinforce, enhance and contextualise the students’ learning.

The trips include meetings with high-level individuals, including diplomats, NGOs and officials, who can give a rare and valuable insight in to the culture, politics and economics of the country of the language they are studying. For example, the 2011 Spanish study trip to Barcelona included a visit to the Convergencia Democrática de Cataluña, a political party in Barcelona, and La Vanguardia, the leading newspaper in the region[1].


Professor Fred Halliday, a world-renowned International Relations Professor was a committed linguist, and advocate of the centrality of language to understanding contemporary globalisation. Professor Halliday was himself competent in twelve languages, including Latin, Greek, Catalan, Persian, French, German, Spanish, Italian, Russian, Portuguese, Arabic and English.

The Language Centre have named this language award in honour of Professor Fred Halliday to honour and remember his commitment not only to the languages as central to the study of International Relations, but his enormous contribution to the LSE and his field of research.

Students are invited to make an application using the form below and should include the following information:

  • Full name
  • LSE ID
  • the language course they are taking
  • their department and undergraduate programme
  • the date and cost of the study trip and an indication of how any award would help

The selection of the student(s) will be made by the LSE Language Centre. It is envisaged that two to three current undergraduate students per year will receive a travel award per year up to a total value of £1000 and expected that any applications will be made before the end of the Lent Term each year.

[1] Professor Halliday was a columnist for La Vanguardia for some time.

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Professor Fred Halliday