The International Reading Association (IRA) Jeanne S. Chall Research Fellowship is a US$6,000 grant established to encourage and support reading research by promising scholars. Its special emphasis is to support research efforts in the following areas: beginning reading (theory, research, and practice that improves the effectiveness of learning to read); readability (methods of predicting the difficulty of texts); reading difficulty (diagnosis, treatment, and prevention); stages of reading development; the relation of vocabulary to reading; and diagnosing and teaching adults with limited reading ability. Since this grant program has been established to honor and carry on the work to which Dr. Jeanne S. Chall has dedicated her academic life, the excellence of the proposal will be a primary consideration in the selection process.
The submission deadline is November 1, 2012, and all applicants must be current IRA members.
The 2013 grant recipient will be encouraged to attend the awards ceremony held at IRA’s 58th Annual Convention in San Antonio, Texas, on April 19-22, 2013.
The 2012 grant was awarded to Krystal Werfel from Vanderbilt University in Nashville, Tennessee, for the dissertation entitled "Contribution of Linguistic Knowledge to Spelling Ability in Elementary Children with and without Language Impairment." She is pictured here with IRA President Carrice Cummins and former IRA Research Director Virginia Goatley at the IRA 57th Annual Convention.
Visit the IRA Jeanne S. Chall Grant webpage for a list of past recipients, guidelines, and the application.
IRA 2012 Research Award Recipients
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