Afinlandia Award 2021 call for nominations

The Finnish Association for Applied Linguistics, AFinLA, is inviting nominations for the Afinlandia Award 2021 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 2020 and July 2021. Last year, the Afinlandia Award in the MA series was presented to Karoliina Möttönen (University of Eastern Finland) for her Master’s thesis Kielipolitiikka ja kieli-ideologiat monikielisessä ruotsinsuomalaisessa kouluyhteisössä. In addition to the Afinlandia awards presented, AFinLA recognized the following three Master’s theses with an honorable mention: Aleksandra Nyholm (University of Helsinki):’Must have sufficient skills’: Understanding the English requirements of international Master’s programs at Finnish universities; Merja Ponkala (Tampere university): Muistiot ministeriöiden työssä. Monimenetelmällinen tutkimus virkakielen konventioista ja niitä ylläpitävistä diskursseista; and Pauliina Puranen (University of Jyväskylä): Suomalaisen työelämän kielet ja asiantuntijuus maallikoiden verkkokeskusteluissa.

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 AFinLA Autumn Symposium, this year to be held 11-13 November 2021. For further information about the symposium, please visit:

The deadline for the receipt of nominations is Friday, September 3rd, 2021.

Please send your nominations to:


We are looking forward to receiving many nominations!