The Fred Halliday Language Award

Overview

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].

In addition to study trips there are also language exchanges that are either a formal, or informal, part of course or programme.

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 travel bursary 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 a form on the LSE web site.

The selection of the student(s) will be made by the LSE Language Centre.

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

Eligibility Criteria

  • Applicants should be current LSE undergraduate students. In exceptional circumstances applications from postgraduate students will be considered.
  • Applicants should be undertaking language study on a Language Centre course and priority will be given to those taking a degree course.
  • Applicants should be able to demonstrate how any award would assist with the funding of the trip and the pursuit of their language learning.

Application opening dates and times

  • Each year the online application form will open by week 7 of the Michaelmas Term.
  • For study trips and exchanges commencing before 31 January applications should be made before the end of the Michaelmas Term.
  • For study trips and exchanges commencing after 31 January but before 31 May each year applications should be made before the end of the Lent Term.
  • For study trips and exchanges commencing after 31 May but before 31 August each year applications should be made before the end of the Summer Term
  • Each year the online application form will close at the end of the Summer Term.

  Information on when applications open for the current academic year will appear here.

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