CoLang 2024 Scholarships

Scholarship applications are now closed! Congratulations to our amazing awardees!

Limited funding opportunities are available to support participants at CoLang 2024. If you have any questions about the scholarships, internship, or application process, please contact

Elora Cromaty

Elora Cromarty is Cree from Winnipeg, Manitoba, Canada and is a member of Kinoséw Sípí (Norway House Cree Nation), located in Treaty 5 Territory. She is currently a fourth-year student at the University of Manitoba, working towards an Honours BA in Linguistics and a minor in Indigenous Languages, with a focus on Ininímowin (Cree). Elora grew up away from her community and disconnected from her culture and language. As she grew older, and slowly started reconnecting, she realized the importance of learning Ininímowin and how it would bring her closer to her family, community, and reclaiming her Indigenous Identity. Since then, Elora has been committed to the revitalization, documentation, maintenance, and helping others reclaim their Indigenous Languages. Elora has worked with multiple different community organizations as a resource developer, author, editor, and program facilitator, working with the 7 traditional Indigenous languages within Manitoba (Ininímowin, Anishinaabemowin, Anisininemowin, Dene, Dakota, Michif, and Inuktitut). After graduation, Elora plans to continue doing work in Indigenous Language Revitalization, whether that be through community efforts, or by continuing her studies and going into graduate school pursuing Linguistics. Elora is an advocate for language rights and revitalization, and consistently encourages other Indigenous youth to learn their traditional languages.

LSA Emmon Bach Fellowship Application (closed)

The Linguistic Society of America (LSA) will award one Emmon Bach Fellowship for CoLang 2024. The Emmon Bach fund support a named fellowship which covers the registration fee, lodging, and a meal plan during the workshops and practica at CoLang 2024. The person awarded this fellowship is expected to attend the full duration CoLang 2024 (June 3 - 28, including the full two weeks of workshops, and full two weeks of a practicum).

Eligibility: Applicants must be student members of the LSA. Nonmembers may join the LSA through their website

Deadline: Applications are due by Monday, April 1st 2024. Notifications will be sent out by April 19th. Awardees must complete their CoLang registration by April 30th.

How to apply: Applications for the LSA Emmon Bach Fellowship must be submitted via this link.

Colleen R. Billiot

Colleen R. Billiot is a citizen of the United Houma Nation and resident of St. Bernard Parish currently working as the Public Education Coordinator for the American Indian College Fund. She co-founded the Houma Language Project, spear-headed the return of the Houma's traditional Tasso Time gathering, and is working to compile a comprehensive history of her people. She apprenticed under master basket weaver, Janie Luster, and master storyteller, Grayhawk Perkins. Colleen received her Bachelor's in international relations with a minor in German from Tulane University and her Master's in conflict resolution from Georgetown University. She will begin her doctoral studies in linguistic anthropology this fall. Colleen is also a certified instructor of basic self-defense for women with Rape Aggression Defense Systems (RAD) focused pre-dominantly on instructing in Indigenous communities.

Devon Denny

I study Athabaskan syntax with a focus on Navajo structure. I am interested in analyzing overt question markers, negation particles and wh- movement in Navajo. I received my Linguistics B.A. and TESOL certificate at the University of Utah and my Linguistics M.S. at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology. I have also discovered a love of teaching, having taught ESL in Taiwan and Utah and Linguistics in Arizona.

Macario Mendoza-Carrillo

Macario Mendoza-Carrillo is one of two Numu (Paiute) Language teachers at the Washoe County School District. He has worked with tribal communities since 2019. He first started taking classes in the Reno Sparks Indian Colony in 2018 and the became the program assistant for their Language and Culture program in 2019. He also supported the first Paiute language classes at the University of Nevada Reno, first, as a student and then as an unofficial TA to Professor Ralph Burns (a fluent Numu speaking elder). Macario graduated from University of Nevada Reno in 2020.

His original intent was to learn the language to teach his future kids alongside his ex-fiancé who was a member of the Pyramid Lake Paiute Tribe. Macario is of Wixarika (Huichol) and Spanish descent. Although his family was unable to learn their mother tongue, they often remember their older relatives and great grandparents actively speaking the language at home. This motivated

Macario to support all efforts of indigenous language preservation and revitalization. He has also built close relationships with several elders of the Numu (Paiute) and Newe (Western Shoshone) community. He believes that we learn a lot about our past by learning the indigenous languages of the areas. He hopes that one day he can use what he has learned from other indigenous languages to learn his own Wixarika language.

Kamimi Papp

ELF Scholarship Application (closed)

The Endangered Language Fund will award four scholarships for CoLang 2024. ELF scholarships are $2,500 each. ELF scholarship awardees may use their award to defray costs for either the two-week (workshops only) or four-week (workshops + practica) session of CoLang.

Eligibility: Anyone may apply for an ELF scholarship, but members of Indigenous communities will be prioritized.

Deadline: Applications are due by Monday, April 1st 2024. Notifications will be sent out by April 19th. Awardees must complete their CoLang registration by April 30th.

How to apply: Applications for the ELF Scholarships must be submitted via this link.

CoLang 2024 Internal Scholarships

Adrienne Matunas

Adrienne Matunas is a PhD student in Linguistics at the University of Victoria on the lands of the Lək̓ʷəŋən (Songhees and Esquimalt) and W̱SÁNEĆ Peoples. Her focus is on language teaching and learning approaches that contribute to language revitalization. As a non-Indigenous graduate student, Adrienne’s motivation is to honor the work that Indigenous communities are undertaking to reclaim their languages by working on language teaching approaches that fit the structure of Indigenous languages. She is especially interested in how adult learners can acquire second language rhythm and melody, how adults can internalize inverse verb patterns in Algonquian languages, and how music and processing instruction might help learners tap into complex language patterns. Previously, Adrienne lived and worked on Wabanaki homelands in Vermont leading Multilingual Student Services and teaching a first-year seminar on language and power at Castleton University. She earned an MA in TESOL from the Middlebury Institute of International Studies at Monterey and her undergraduate degree in religion and philosophy from Middlebury College. Adrienne also worked as an English teacher at the National University of Mongolia, Orkhon as a Peace Corps volunteer. She is looking forward to returning to Vermont this summer to participate in the immersive School of Abenaki at Middlebury Language Schools led by Jesse Bowman Bruchac.

Kamimi Papp

CoLang Web Committee Intern

Ruoyang Zheng

CoLang Web Committee Internship Application (closed)

The CoLang Web Committee is accepting applications for one Spring 2024 Intern (May-July) to help with managing communications leading up to and during CoLang 2024 and facilitate the intake process for and the organization of the materials for the online repository after CoLang 2024 has concluded. This is a hybrid internship in collaboration with the CoLang Local Organizing Committee and CoLang Web Committee members. Please review the call for internship applications at this link

Responsibilities and compensation: Intern will be physically present at CoLang 2024 between June 3-28 and will receive complimentary tuition for the workshop sessions. Intern shall receive $500 at the end of the three-month internship period, and is expected to devote at least 33 hours to internship tasks. The CoLang Web Committee cannot reimburse costs associated with travel, accommodations, or a meal plan. 

Eligibility: The internship is open to applicants physically located in the Phoenix metro area.

Deadline: Applications are due by Sunday, March 31st 2024

How to apply: Send a resume and cover letter addressing your competence to complete the objectives stated above to with the subject line: Spring 2024 CoLang Web Committee Intern Application.