The Edna Dharmaratne Award in Linguistics

An award of $1,000 is offered annually by alumni, faculty, students, and staff of the UBC Department of Linguistics in honour of Edna Dharmaratne for students in the Department of Linguistics who have achieved good academic standing and demonstrated volunteerism. Financial need may also be considered.

Edna Dharmaratne served as the Administrator of the Department of Linguistics from 1997 to 2017. She was the face and cornerstone of the Department, and is admired for her strength of character and generosity. This award was established upon Edna’s retirement in 2017 in recognition of her legacy of compassion, competence, and integrity. Read more about Edna.

The award is made on the recommendation of the Department of Linguistics, and in the case of a graduate student, in consultation with the Faculty of Graduate and Postdoctoral Studies.

The 2024 Application Deadline was 31 March 2024. Stay tuned in February / March of 2025 for the next application round.

Award Criteria

  • Undergraduate student, diploma student, or graduate student in the UBC Department of Linguistics
  • Good academic standing (as defined by the UBC Academic Calendar)
  • Evidence of volunteerism/service to others

Note that financial need may be considered in the evaluation, and so may be discussed in the application, but is not a requirement for receiving the award. The award is treated as a grant to the recipient, who may use it for any purpose.



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