SCSD welcomes applicants for doctoral leadership training grant

BOLLD_letterheadFlorida State University’s School of Communication Science and Disorders is proud to announce it is accepting applications for Project BOLLD, a doctoral leadership training grant funded by the U.S. Department of Education Office of Special Education Programs.

Project BOLLD (Bilingual Oral Language and Literacy Development & Disorders) is designed to build the capacity of young investigators at Florida State with specialized knowledge of dual language learning to foster research and innovations for improving instructional supports and services for children from culturally and linguistically diverse backgrounds.

“There is a tremendous need for leaders and researchers in bilingual language and literacy,” Carla Wood Jackson, associate professor, said.  “We are very pleased to be able to offer this opportunity for doctoral students at Florida State to gain expertise in bilingual language and literacy development and disorders in order to improve services for children who are English language learners with and without disabilities. The funding will support scholars in rigorous research experiences and allow us to offer virtual colloquia with national experts to enhance the curriculum exposure of the scholars.”

The project is for students who are interested in bilingual language and literacy and the influence of culture, disability, and poverty. Applicants should hold a master’s degree or be enrolled in a graduate program in Speech-Language Pathology or a related discipline (e.g. Linguistics, Special Education, Education, or Psychology).

Project BOLLD scholars receive a stipend of $21,000 per year and a tuition waiver for up to four years (9 credits per semester). Participants on BOLLD benefit from:

  •    Dedicated mentorship and support
  •    Specialized coursework
  •    Rigorous research methods
  •    Cutting edge research and practice
  •    Virtual colloquia with national experts

To apply for the doctoral program, visit the School of Communication Science and Disorders website (  Applications received by January 15, 2015, will be given priority.

For additional information, associate professor Carla Wood Jackson, associate professor RaMonda Horton, assistant-in faculty Shannon Hall-Mills, or professor and SCSD director Hugh Catts.