Afinlandia-award 2018 call for nominations

The Finnish Association for Applied Linguistics, AFinLA is inviting nominations for the Afinlandia Award 2018 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 Minttu Laine (Department of Language and Communication Studies, applied linguistics, 2016) for her thesis ”Viittomakielentulkin katsekontakti asioimistulkkauksen siirtymätilanteissa: multimodaalinen näkökulma” (Sign language interpreter’s eye contact during transitions in community interpreting: a multimodal study). The Afinlandia Award in the series of Licentiate/Doctoral thesis 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 2017 and July 2018. 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 2018, nomination

Name the appendices in the following way:

lastnameofthewriter-firstname-MA18_abstract lastnameofthewriter-firstname_MA18_statement lastnameofthewriter-firstname_MA18_justification

Please also 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 Thursday September 6th, 2018.

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 Joensuu November 9th-10th. The Award winner will be invited to briefly present the work during the ceremony.

We are looking forward to receiving many nominations!