2018 ANCDS Fellowship Awards

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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 2018 Conference in Boston, MA. Start-up funds for the original awards offered in 2011 were contributed by Dr. Lawrence Shriberg, keynote speaker for the 2010 ANCDS Fall Conference, 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 2018 competition is open to currently-enrolled, full time speech-language pathology master’s and doctoral students, and other students specializing in clinical neurologically-based communication disorders and sciences (e.g., neuroscience students).  Students do not need to be members of the ANCDS to apply for the ANCDS Fellowship Award.


  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 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, September 14, 2018, 5:00pm (EST). 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, October 5, 2018, 5:00pm (EST).
The 2018 ANCDS Fellowship Awards include the following:

  • a one-year ANCDS Membership for the 2019-2020 membership year, 
  • free registration for attendance at the 2018 ANCDS Conference, 
  • an invitation to attend a “Fellow-Mentor Networking Breakfast” the morning of the 2018 ANCDS Conference,
  • a complimentary ticket for the 2018 ANCDS Conference Luncheon, and
  • a Fellow-Mentor reception at the 2018 ANCDS Conference.

Each 2018 ANCDS Fellow will be matched with an ANCDS member who has similar research and clinical interests. The ANCDS member will act as a mentor throughout the day-long meeting, introducing the Fellow to others and offering opportunities to discuss research and clinical issues. Your mentor will also be available as a resource throughout your year of membership—and hopefully beyond!
For more information, please contact: 
Dr. Jessica Brown, Chair, ANCDS Fellowship Award Committee 
Anne Lacher
Member Specialist & Office Manager
Academy of Neurologic Communication Disorders and Sciences (ANCDS)
2345 Rice Street, Suite 220, St. Paul, MN 55113
651.925.5528 (phone) 651.317.8048 (fax)

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