Data Scholarships

Important Dates

Submission Deadline for the Spring 2014 semester: January 15, 2014

Winner Notification: Rolling

Program Details

The data scholarship program provides financially-restricted students with no-cost access to LDC data. These awards are subsidized by the Consortium to help talented individuals complete language research tasks.

Data scholarships are offered biannually during the fall and spring semesters. Students must complete an application and the selection process is highly competitive. Multiple students may receive scholarships during each program cycle.

Applicant Eligibility Requirements

Data scholarships are available to students pursuing undergraduate or graduate studies in an accredited college or university. They are not restricted to any particular field of study; however, students must demonstrate a well-developed research agenda and a bona fide inability to pay for the requested data.

Application Process

The application consists of two parts:

1. Data Use Proposal: applicants must submit a proposal describing their intended use of the data. The proposal must contain the following:

  • The database/s requested
  • A brief description of the research project
  • A clear explanation of why the data is needed for the research project and how it will be used.  For example, if the research project involves human language technology system development, the explanation must specify how the data will be implemented in training and/or testing of a proposed system.

Consult the Catalog for a complete list of data distributed by LDC. Some corpora are available to Consortium members only. Applicants are advised to select a maximum of one to two data sets per cycle. Students may submit an application in a subsequent cycle once they have processed the initial data set(s) and have published or presented work in a juried venue.

Proposals should be a maximum of two pages in 12 point font, double-spaced.

2. Letter of Support: applicants must submit one letter of support from their thesis advisor or department chair. The letter must verify the student's need for data and confirm that the department or university lacks funding to pay the applicable nonmember license fee or to join the Consortium.

The letter of support should:

  • Describe the student: including the student's name, university name, field of study, etc. The author should elaborate on the type and duration of the relationship with the student.
  • Describe research: indicate the LDC data to be used as well as describe the student's research. The letter should evaluate the probability of success of the research.
  • Describe need: elaborate on the funding situation of the department and comment on the lack of funds.

LDC will reject applications that:

  • Contain a Data Use Proposal or Letter of Support that does not meet the requirements stated above
  • Are incomplete, i.e. either missing a Data Use Proposal or Letter of Support
  • Are received after the submission deadline

Submission materials will not be returned. All submissions are the property of LDC and its members.

Data scholarship recipients will be notified by email and will be announced publicly. Awardees must sign an additional user license agreement(s). Most corpora will be covered by the LDC User Agreement for Nonmembers. A list of corpus-specific user license agreements is available here. Recipients must correctly cite awarded corpora in any scholarly paper.

Email applications to the LDC Data Scholarships program. Decisions will be sent by email from the same address.