How to apply

Come join us in Summer 2020!

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NSF REU Site: Talking College: Increasing Diversity in the Linguistic Sciences through Research on Language and Social Mobility

UC-HBCU Site: UCSB-HBCU Scholars in Linguistics Program

Are you interested in how African-Americans communicate?

Are you interested in the experiences of African-Americans in higher education around the U.S.?

Would you like free preparation for graduate school: GRE courses and help with academic applications for grad school and fellowships including the Ford Foundation, NSF graduate fellowships, and others?

If so, make sure to apply and join us next summer at UC Santa Barbara!

The NSF REU Site: Talking College and the UCSB-HBCU Scholars in Linguistics Program are a joint initiative of the Department of Linguistics at the University of California, Santa Barbara that brings together undergraduates from UCSB, Historically Black Colleges and Universities, and other institutions throughout the United States. During this summer research program, students will receive training in linguistics, preparation for graduate school, and experience in conducting original research that extends their understanding of African-American language, culture, and community.

To apply, please see the instructions below. All applications are due Monday, November 4, 2019 by 5 pm PST. 

  1. Statement of Purpose (1 page, single-spaced, 12pt font)
    • This essay should state your short-term and long-term professional goals and explain why you are applying for this opportunity. You should discuss how the experiences afforded by the REU program align with your goals and how your academic background has prepared you to benefit from the program. You should explicitly state your interest in and experience with any or all of the following subfields in linguistics including computational linguistics, language acquisition, language documentation and revitalization, natural language processing, psycholinguistics, sociocultural linguistics, etc. You are encouraged to visit the UCSB Linguistics website ( to get an idea of the research currently being done by the faculty and graduate students in the department.
  2. Personal Statement (1 page, single-spaced, 12pt font)
    • This is your chance to tell the committee about yourself as a person in ways that may not be visible in your other materials: any challenges you’ve overcome in getting to or getting through college, any achievements or accomplishments you’re especially proud of, anything in your personal background that prepares you for this opportunity. This statement and the statement of purpose are equally important.
  3. University Transcript
    • An unofficial transcript is sufficient.
  4. Résumé/Curriculum Vitae (submit either one, not both)
    • Résumé: This is a document of no more than two pages summarizing your education, work, research, and/or volunteer experience relevant to the program.
    • CV: This is an extensive summary of your cumulative experiences. The CV should provide a more detailed account of your education, work, research, and/or volunteer experience, including any publications, public presentations, and/or other academic accomplishments. It may be as long as you wish. Note: A résumé is easier to put together, but a CV gives you more space to say whatever you want to say.
  5. Two Faculty Letters of Recommendation
    • You should request letters from any two college-level faculty members who can speak to your academic and research potential, as well as the character traits that facilitate your ability to succeed in a new environment. All letters should be sent directly from the recommenders to and should be addressed to Professor Mary Bucholtz and Professor Anne H. Charity Hudley, Department of Linguistics, University of California, Santa Barbara.

For fullest consideration, all application materials should be sent in full on or before the deadline to the following email address: Applicants may be contacted via email and/or telephone within a few weeks of their application submission for further information or material. Finalist will be interviewed via Zoom, a video conferencing software.


We had an informational webinar on Tuesday, October 15th at 3pm PDT/6pmEDT. You can view the webinar at:

You can view the slides from the webinar here:

UCSBHBCU Webinar Flyer