Call for NAACL Scholarship Applications to the 2016 Jelinek Summer School in Speech and Language Technology

Summer School Dates: June 13 (Mon) – June 24 (Fri), 2016


    Center for Language and Speech Processing
    Johns Hopkins University
    Baltimore, Maryland 21211

Summer workshop website:

The summer school occurs at the first two weeks of the Third Frederick Jelinek Memorial Summer Workshop.

Important dates:

  • NAACL Scholarship application deadline: Saturday, April 30, 2016 11:59pm PDT
  • Notification date: Friday, May 6, 2016
  • Summer School: Monday, June 13 to Friday, June 24, 2016

The North American Chapter of the Association for Computational Linguistics (NAACL) is again offering an exciting summer school opportunity for a limited number of undergraduate students interested in the field of Human Language Technology.

The 2016 Jelinek Summer Workshop will be held from Monday, June 13 to Friday, August 5, 2016 at the Johns Hopkins University in Baltimore, Maryland. The first two weeks of the workshop (from June 13 to 24) is a summer school that provides general introductions to the major areas of study within the field of Human Language Technology (e.g., Natural Language Processing, Automatic Speech Recognition, Machine Translation, Information Retrieval) as well as sessions on specialized research topics of current interest in the field. The NAACL scholarship is used to support undergraduate students to participate in the two-week summer school.

The summer workshop schedule from last year can be found here:

The NAACL Scholarship application deadline is Saturday, April 30, 2016, at 11:59pm PDT. This is a very firm deadline, and applications submitted prior to this date will be much appreciated.

The application form appears at the end of this message.

Students must be enrolled or pre-enrolled at an institution in the Americas to qualify. Preference will be given to high-quality undergraduate students at a stage in their careers during which attendance at the summer school will provide maximum benefit; in particular, undergraduates who have completed their junior or senior years of study. Graduate and Postdoctoral applications will not be accepted. Students who are selected for the summer school are expected to attend all two weeks of the summer school.

Scholarships: The scholarship is in amount of up to $2,000 per student. $1700 of this covers the mandatory registration and housing costs as well as a meal plan for the full duration. In addition, up to $300 will be given to the student to offset travel and other incidental costs. Additional travel support may be available for students with exceptionally high travel costs.

Frequently-asked Questions (FAQ):

Q: I am currently attending a university that is not in the Americas. Can I apply?
A: As stated above, no. Since this is a NAACL sponsored event, it is only available to undergraduate students enrolled or pre-enrolled in institutions located in the Americas. This includes North, Central, and South America as well as the Caribbean.

Q: I will be attending graduate school in the fall, but have not started yet. Am I eligible?
A: Yes.

Q: What about VISA issues?
A: If you are selected and are from a country that requires a VISA, we will work with you on necessary paperwork.

Q: Must all materials be submitted by the deadline, including the letters of recommendation?
A: Yes, the deadline applies to the entire application package.

Q: What does the scholarship include?
A: The scholarship is $2,000 per student; $1700 will be paid to the JHU summer school directly to cover registration, housing and meal plan at the University of Washington. The remaining $300 can be used to cover travel and other incidental costs such as air tickets between your location and the venue. The funds are limited and may not be able to cover all travel expenses.

Q: What application materials should I submit?
A: It includes the form below, 1–2 reference letters, and a short statement of interest.

Q: Where should I send application material?
A: Please email your application material to [email protected] You can expect to receive a response verifying the receipt of your application within one business day.

Q: If I have any questions, who should I contact?
A: Please email us at [email protected]

NAACL Scholarship Application form for the 2016 JHU Summer School

Application deadline: Saturday, April 30, 2016 at 11:59pm PDT
(submissions prior to deadline appreciated!)


Please also include the following:

  • A SHORT (less than one page) STATEMENT OF INTEREST. The statement might describe your personal interests in the field of Human Language Technology, any relevant research or work experience in the area, career goals, relevant courses taken, etc.
  • Please arrange for 1–2 REFERENCE LETTERS to be emailed to [email protected]. The letters can be brief.

Johns Hopkins University

Johns Hopkins University, Whiting School of Engineering

Center for Language and Speech Processing
Hackerman 226
3400 North Charles Street, Baltimore, MD 21218-2680

Center for Language and Speech Processing