ANCDS Conference Fellowship Awards

The Academy of Neurologic Communication Disorders and Sciences (ANCDS) Membership Committee is pleased to announce that awards will be offered for twelve (12) students to attend the ANCDS Fall 2021 Conference.  Start-up funds for the original awards offered in 2011 were contributed by Dr. Lawrence Shriberg, keynote speaker for the 2010 ANCDS Annual Meeting, who donated his honorarium back to the ANCDS.  Funds to sustain the program continue to be provided by the ANCDS Executive Board and through donations from ANCDS members.

The 2021 Conference Fellowship is open to individuals who meet the following criteria:

  • Full-time speech-language pathology Master's and Doctoral students enrolled in graduate-level courses during the Spring 2021 semester
  • Full-time students specializing in clinical neurologically-based communication disorders and sciences (e.g., neuroscience, linguistics) enrolled in graduate-level courses during the Spring 2021 semester

Students do not need to be members of ANCDS to apply for the ANCDS Conference Fellowship Award.  Students who are not members of ANCDS are encouraged to apply.

NOTE: Students who have previously received an ANCDS Fellowship Award (either as a Master's or Doctoral student) are not eligible to apply.


  1. A one-page resume.  Resumes exceeding the page limit will not be accepted.  Your resume should be written to address the following sections as they apply to your current experiences: 
    • contact information (phone, email address, etc.)
    • educational history
    • clinical experience(s)
    • research experience(s)
    • relevant volunteer position(s) 
    • presentations or publications
  2. A letter of recommendation from your academic advisor.  This letter of recommendation must verify that you are a student in good academic standing and are currently enrolled in a university program at the time of the ANCDS professional conference.  The letter should also explain why you are a good candidate for the ANCDS Conference Fellowship. 
  3. A 500-word essay expressing your interest in neurogenic communication sciences and disorders.  Essays exceeding the word count limit will not be accepted.  Please note that the essay can take one of two formats:
    • Students with research experience can write about their interest in neurogenic communication disorders (either clinical or personal), and then relate that interest to a discussion about their own research agenda.
    • Students who do not have research experience in neurogenic communication disorders can highlight research associated with their interest area and clinical experiences, if appropriate. 

Fill out the web-based application form with your contact information and educational background.  Next, you will be prompted to upload a one-page resume, as well as a letter of recommendation (PDF format is recommended).  Please be sure to include your first and last name in the file titles prior to uploading the documents.  Finally, you may enter your essay into the provided text box.  Please note that the essay cannot exceed 500 words.  You will be able to cut and paste from a Word document.
The application deadline is Friday, June 18, 2021, 5:00pm (Eastern).  Applications submitted after the deadline will not be accepted.  Applicants will receive an email confirming successful submission.  Students will receive notification about the awards by Friday, August 13, 2021, 5:00pm (Eastern).
The 2021 ANCDS Conference Fellowship Awards include the following:

  • a one-year ANCDS Membership for the 2022 membership year, 
  • free registration for attendance at the 2021 ANCDS Conference, 
  • an invitation to attend Fellow-Mentor Networking events during the 2021 ANCDS Conference, 
  • an invitation to attend a Student Fellowship Social Event during the 2021 ANCDS Conference.

Each 2021 ANCDS Conference Fellow will be matched with an ANCDS member who has similar research and clinical interests.  The ANCDS member will act as a mentor and offer opportunities to discuss research and clinical issues. 

For more information, please contact:
Miriam Carroll-Alfano, Ph.D., CCC-SLP, CBIS 
Chair, ANCDS Conference Fellowship Award Committee
[email protected] 


ANCDS Central Office
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