Afinlandia-award 2017 call for nominations

The Finnish Association for Applied Linguistics, AFinLA is inviting nominations for the Afinlandia Award 2017 in the Master’s thesis series. This Award is presented yearly for one Master’s Thesis written in Finland within the field of applied linguistics. We now wish to invite colleagues active in the field of applied linguistics to nominate highly qualified theses for the prize.

Last year, the Afinlandia Award in the MA series was presented to MA Kirsi Leskinen (Jyväskylä University, Finnish language 2016) for her thesis ”Vapaaehtoiset suomen kielen oppimista tukemassa”. The Afinlandia Award in the series of Licentiate/Doctoral theses was presented to Dr. Heini Lehtonen (Helsinki university, Finnish language, 2015) for her doctoral thesis ”Tyylitellen: Nuorten kielelliset resurssit ja kielen sosiaalinen indeksisyys monietnisessä Helsingissä”. The latter prize is awarded every three years. Please find further information about previous award winners here: .

AFinLA is now accepting nominations of high standard Master’s theses from all fields of applied linguistics (e.g., language learning, language teaching, language assessment, translation, psycholinguistics, sociolinguistics, discourse studies) completed in institutions of higher education in Finland and accepted as degree theses in Finland between August 2016 and July 2017. The prize amounts to 300 euros. With this symbolic sum, AFinLA wishes to award and encourage candidates to pursue further studies within the field of applied linguistics. The winning thesis is well written with a solid and sound theoretical and methodological approach, and is, for instance,

* socially relevant
* current
* innovative
* explores new fields of research.

Each nomination must include (preferably in electronic form; original or scanned) PDFs:
(1) the abstract of the Master’s thesis
(2) the statement/s of the Master’s thesis
(3) a letter of support outlining why the work deserves to be awarded.

Subject line of the email: Afinlandia MA 2017, nomination
Name the appendices in the following way:

Please provide in the email the title of the thesis, name and contacts to the writer and, when applicable, the web address to the thesis. We will ask for a printed or e-version of the full thesis if needed. If you send us your nomination by ordinary post, we would kindly ask you to notify the Afinlandia co-ordinator Signe-Anita Lindgrén of this by email ( Signe-Anita will acknowledge receipt of all nominations via email.

The deadline for receipt of nominations is Tuesday September 5th, 2017. Please send your nominations to:


or alternatively to:
Dr. Signe-Anita Lindgrén/Afinlandia
Language Centre
Aalto university
Post Box 11130
00076 AALTO

The Executive Board of AFinLA r.f. selects the winning thesis and announces the winner at the AFinLA Autumn symposium, this year to be held in Turku November 10th-11th. The Award winner will be invited to briefly present the work during the ceremony.

We look forward to receiving many nominations!