Distinguished Scholar USA

Following the success of the inaugural Tavistock Trust for Aphasia Distinguished Scholar Awards in the United States of America, the Trustees of the Tavistock Trust for Aphasia are pleased to announce that applications are open for a second year.  These annual awards are to recognise scholarly excellence in all, or some, of the following areas:

  • Research and Publications dedicated to improving life with aphasia
  • Mentoring of research students to conduct research associated with quality of life, life participation, conversation or similar topics related to life with aphasia
  • Training of future clinicians to address quality of life with aphasia
  • Working to improve external grant funding that addresses the needs of people living with aphasia.

The awards aim to foster and encourage pioneering research and clinical projects that strive to make a meaningful and discernible difference in the everyday lives of people living with aphasia, their families and caregivers.

The Tavistock Trust for Aphasia Distinguished Scholar award will include a (one-time) US $1,000 monetary prize, a certificate and a Tavistock Trust for Aphasia Distinguished Scholar badge.  In 2020, up to four TTA Distinguished Scholar awards will be presented.

The Trustees of the Tavistock Trust for Aphasia would like to thank the board of Aphasia Access for collaborating with the Trust by facilitating this project.

Aphasia Access has agreed to collaborate with the TTA by facilitating the award selection process. Aphasia Access is a not-for-profit professional organisation, shares the TTA’s values. Aphasia Access believes people with aphasia should have access to services that not only improve language, but also help them participate in conversations, life’s interactions and activities, and foster communicatively accessible environments.

www.aphasiaaccess.org

Who is eligible:

Professionals who hold a terminal degree and are considered “early career” aphasia researchers in the USA are eligible.  Early career is defined as approximately 8-10 years post Ph.D (excluding any period of career break such as family care or health leave).

From 2019 four awards will be made annually, initially for three years. This scheme will be reviewed in the 2021.

The Tavistock Trust for Aphasia Distinguished Scholar award will include a (one-time) US $1,000 monetary award, a certificate and a Tavistock Trust for Aphasia Distinguished Scholar badge.

Important Dates

Applications to be submitted by February 15 2020 – click here.

Announcements of Awards will be made in May 2020 – date to be confirmed.

How To Apply

The Tavistock Trust for Aphasia, in collaboration with Aphasia Access, will accept both nominations from a third party, or applications from individuals who wish to be considered for a Tavistock Distinguished Aphasia Scholar award. To apply please go to:

www.AphasiaAccess.org/Tavistock

Either will need to provide:

  1. A brief resume*. The resume should be written to address the following sections as they apply to current experiences:
  • contact information (phone, email address, etc.);
  • relevant educational history;
  • relevant service to the aphasia community;
  • relevant presentations, publications and/or grants;
  • relevant teaching and/or clinical experiences.

* The resume should not exceed 4 pages.

  1. A brief essay (of no more than 500 words) describing accomplishments in relevant areas below:
  • Research and publications dedicated to improving life with aphasia;
  • Working to improve external grant funding that addresses the needs of people living with aphasia;
  • Mentoring of research students to conduct research associated with quality of life, life participation, conversation or similar topics related to life with aphasia.
  • Training of future clinicians to address quality of life with aphasia.
  1. Letters of recommendation

If you are nominating someone:

  1. Please state your relationship to the person being nominated.
  2. Please include 1 additional letter of recommendation:
  • This letter should explain why the person being nominated is a good candidate for The Tavistock Trust for Aphasia Distinguished Scholar award.

If you are applying for yourself:

  1. Please provide 2 separate letters of recommendation.
  • This letter should explain why the person applying is a good candidate for The Tavistock Trust for Aphasia Distinguished Scholar award *.

To apply, click here

Process

All applications will be reviewed by a dedicated committee: Professor Nina Simmons-Mackie, Dr. Aura Kagan and Professor Gloria Olness.

A short list will be forward to the Trustees of The Tavistock Trust for Aphasia who will make the final decision as to who will receive the awards each year