Dissertation Award

Sponsored by Brain and Language

The SNL Dissertation Award was established to honor researchers who completed outstanding research leading to their PhDs and hold the promise of making significant contributions to the field. SNL awards one Dissertation Award each year at the annual meeting. The recipient is selected from among nominations put forward by the membership.

Award Eligibility

To be eligible, an applicant must conduct research into the neurobiology of language and must defend their dissertation in the year between the past and upcoming SNL meetings (i.e., this year anyone who has defended or will defend their dissertation between July 1, 2023 and October 31, 2024 can apply).


Nominations must be made by a current SNL member. They are reviewed by an Award Committee consisting of SNL members. Self-nominations are welcome. Members of the Award Committee and of the current SNL Board cannot serve as nominators.

Nominations should include:

  • A CV
  • A short (1000 word) description of the nominee’s research during their PhD
  • Up to three significant publications
  • One letter of recommendation either from the primary academic advisor or another academic familiar with their work should comment on the independence/creativity of the student in their dissertation work and speak to the applicant's research potential

The recipient receives a prize of $1,000, generously provided by Brain and Language, and is invited to submit an article based on their Dissertation to Brain and Language within one year from the date they receive the award. In addition, the awardee is invited to deliver a presentation of their work at the Annual Meeting.

Award Schedule

Nominations Open: May 1, 2024
Nominations Close: June 7, 2024
Recipient Announced: July 19, 2024




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