Linguistics professor, Ingrid Piller, receives coveted German award

Linguistics professor, Ingrid Piller, receives coveted German award

On Wednesday, 12 September 2018, Professor Ingrid Piller from the Department of Linguistics was one of only eight international researchers honoured at an award ceremony in Berlin.

Professor Piller received an Anneliese Maier Research Award of 250,000 euros (over $383,000 AUD) from the Alexander von Humboldt Foundation in Germany. She was selected from a field of 111 nominees from 30 countries.

Nominated by collaborative partners at German universities and research institutions, Professor Piller received the award in recognition of her outstanding contributions to the humanities and social sciences and for her research project titled ‘The opportunities inherent in multilingualism’.

“It was such an honour for me to receive this award,” says Professor Piller. “In addition to the award ceremony proper, the event consisted of a three-day symposium, where each awardee presented their research. For those interested, I’ve written up a short report about the symposium.”

“The nomination for the award is an outcome of the Bridging Language Barriers Symposium we hosted at Macquarie University last year and thus indirectly of the strong relationship that Hamburg and Macquarie have been fostering over many years,” explains Professor Piller.

“As some of you might know, the trilateral partnership conference (Fudan, Hamburg, MQ) was happening around the same time, and three of our ECRs in the department travelled to Hamburg to attend (Shiva Motaghi-Tabari, Vera Williams Tetteh and Keven Long Li).”

Professor Piller encourages colleagues to apply to the Humboldt Foundation: “It is a truly unique funding body and I’d recommend you explore their website for funding opportunities. They have a very nifty tool called ‘how to find the right programme’.”

In the meantime, Professor Piller recommends her colleagues look out for next year’s conference of the Australian and NZ Association of von Humboldt Fellows. “It will be hosted at Macquarie under the theme of ‘Sharing Knowledge in the Spirit of Humboldt’ on November 22 to 24, 2019,” she says.

Every year, the Humboldt Foundation – which has an existing network of over 28,000 researchers from all disciplines, including 55 Nobel Prize winners – enables more than 2000 researchers from all over the world to spend time researching in Germany.

For more information about Professor Piller’s achievement and the Humboldt Foundation, please visit this link.

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