Geoff Thompson ESFLA Young Scholar Bursary

In honour of Geoff Thompson’s immense contributions to systemic functional linguistics, the European Systemic Functional Linguistics Association sponsors a bursary each year for the European Systemic Functional Linguistics Conference. The bursary provides support for a young scholar whose conference paper draws significantly on Geoff’s work.

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Applications for 2021: We are offering 3 Bursary awards for students presenting at the 30th European Systemic Functional Linguistics Conference (2021, online from Sheffield Hallam). The bursary will be in the form of book vouchers and a waiver for the conference fee.

To be eligible, you must be a current Ph.D. student and have a paper accepted for the conference, for which you are the sole author.

To apply: Send an email to the ESFLA Chair (, including:

  • a copy of the acceptance email from the conference;
  • the title and abstract of the paper as they are to appear in the program, as a Word document, anonymised (your name removed);
  • A brief summary of no more than 300 words explaining how your paper furthers the work within SFL (also anonymised).
  • Proof of current Ph.D. status
Closing Deadline: 30th Julym 2021

Notification of result: You will be notified of the decision by 21st August, 2021

Further queries: Please send any queries about the bursary to the ESFLA Chair

Recent recipients

2019Sara Vilar-Such,

University of East Anglia, UK,

"Representation of the ADHD in the DSM-V: A study of the psychiatric specialized genre"

See abstract here.

Sara with Gail Forey (ESFLA Chair)
2018Jesus David Guerra Lyons,

Hong Kong Polytechnic,

"A diachronic analysis of Halliday’s construal of semiosis: a semiotic lifeline perspective on academic writing development"

See abstract here.

Jesus David Guerra Lyons with Anne McCabe (ESFLA Chair)
2017Sonja Molnar,

Universität Salzburg,

"Mirror or molder? The discursive impact of advertising on the construction of cultural identities”.

See abstract here.

Sonja Molnar (second left) with Martin Kaltenbacher, Anne McCabe and Miriam Pérez-Veneros
2016Miriam Pérez Veneros,

Universidad de Salamanca,

“The system of projection in the British Press: Packaging voices in the popularization of science”.

See abstract here

Miriam Pérez-Veneros, Izaskun Elorza and Anne McCabe