Geoff Thompson ESFLA Young Scholar Bursary

A bursary to support young scholars. The call for applications is now open.

In honour of Geoff Thompson’s immense contributions to systemic functional linguistics, the European Systemic Functional Linguistics Association sponsors a bursary each year for the European Systemic Functional Linguistics Conference. The bursary provides support for a young scholar whose conference paper shows exceptional scholarship within Systemic Functional Linguistics

Applications for 2021: We are offering 3 Bursary awards for students presenting at the 30th European Systemic Functional Linguistics Conference (2021, online from Sheffield Hallam). The bursary will be in the form of book vouchers and a waiver for the conference fee.

To be eligible, you must be a current Ph.D. student and have a paper accepted for the conference, for which you are the sole author.

To apply: Send an email to and include:

  • A copy of the acceptance email from the conference;
  • The title and abstract of the paper as they appear in the conference programme (as a word.doc) anonymised (your name removed).
  • A brief summary of no more than 300 words explaining how your paper furthers the work within SFL (also anonymised)/
  • Proof of current PhD. status.

Closing date: 30th July 2021

Notification of results: You will be notified of the decision by 21st August, 2021.

Further enquiries: Please send any queries about the bursary to the ESFLA Chair.

More information on the bursary page:

Key Dates

Call for Papers
1st March 2021

Submission opens
12th April 2021

Submission closes
20th June 2021

Notification of acceptance
30th July 2021

Early Bird Registration opens
4th August 2021
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Standard Registration
16th August 2021

Registration closes
10th September 2021

Conference starts
15th September 2021

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