Afinlandia Award 2020 call for nominations

The Finnish Association for Applied Linguistics, AFinLA, is inviting nominations for the Afinlandia Award 2020 in the Master’s thesis series. The award is presented for a 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.

We welcome nominations of pro gradu theses completed in institutions of higher education in Finland between August 2019 and July 2020. Last year, the Afinlandia Award in the MA series was presented to Hoa Nguyen (University of Jyväskylä) for her Master’s thesis titled “Language shaming practices on YouTube: the ideologies of English in Vietnam”. In addition to the Afinlandia award presented, AFinLA recognized the following two Master’s theses with an honorable mention: Maija Korhonen (University of Helsinki): “Moniäänistävää ja uudelleen muotoilevaa puhetta rodusta ja sukupuolesta” and Tuomas Hartikainen (University of Jyväskylä): “Processing of English Articles and the Idiom Principle: A Re-examination of the Phraseological Perspective”.

Please find further information about previous award winners here:

AFinLA is now accepting nominations of high standard theses from all fields of applied linguistics (e.g., language learning, language teaching, language assessment, translation and interpretation, psycholinguistics, sociolinguistics, discourse studies) completed in institutions of higher education in Finland. 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.

We ask you to send nominations by e-mail with the following attachments (original or scanned) as a PDF:

(1) filled proposal form

(2) the statement/s of the thesis.

Please name the appendices in the following way:



The Executive Board of AFinLA r.f. will select the winning thesis and announce the winner at the annual general assembly in November. Further information about the meeting will be posted at AFinLA website soon.

The deadline for the receipt of nominations is Friday, September 4th, 2020.

Please send your nominations to:      .

We are looking forward to receiving many nominations!