Elizabeth Dayton Award


First established in 2019, the Elizabeth Dayton Award is a travel award for graduate students pursuing a specialization in sociolinguistics to attend the LSA Annual Meeting. The award will cover registration, travel, lodging, and per diem costs subject to the earnings of the initial endowment over the prior 12-month period. Given annually, as applications warrant. 


  • Current LSA members 
  • Graduate students 
  • Are pursuing a course of studies with a specialization in sociolinguistics
*Application links will only be active during the application window. In 2024, applications are open April 8th - end of day on July 12th. Applications will not be accepted after this date.


Applicants must attest that they meet all the eligibility criteria for the award. In addition, they should submit a CV, a transcript, and a statement detailing how winning the Dayton Award will enhance their scholarly career as evidence of a distinguished level of scholastic achievement.

The Elizabeth Dayton Award Committee reviews applications and makes recommendations to the Executive Committee, which must formally approve the recommendations.

Previous Awardees

2024: Jeremy Rud
2023: Xinye Zhang
2022: Peter Torres
2021: Pocholo Umbal
2020: Valentyna Filimonova