Promotion of Communication in Emerging Democracies

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Grant Funded by The Dale G. Leathers Memorial Fund to Promote Communication Studies in Emerging Democracies   

Proposals are being solicited that promote scholarship and teaching of Communication Studies to benefit emerging democracies and their peoples. Any activity which contributes to this goal is potentially eligible for funding. Such activities include (but are not limited to) the following:

  • International travel for residents of emerging democracies to attend conferences or advanced training in Communication Studies
  • International travel for U.S. residents to disseminate Communication scholarship or to conduct training in Communication Studies in emerging democracies
  • Procuring and disseminating scholarly and instructional materials in Communication Studies for use by institutions within emerging democracies
  • Research about various topics in Communication conducted by residents of emerging democracies who would otherwise lack adequate support for such research
  • Research about communication phenomena in emerging democracies, which may be conducted by U.S. scholars or by others, and which promises to directly or indirectly promote effective communication practices  

Proposals should not exceed 10 pages and shall include the following information:

  1. a rationale for considering the target nation an emerging democracy;
  2. a clear statement of methods or listing of activities, depending on the nature of the proposal;
  3. a clear statement of expected outcomes and their relationship to the purpose of the grant;
  4. a clear statement of the intended use of monies provided by the grant;
  5. an abbreviated, three-page CV of applicant or principal investigator.

Proposals will be reviewed and funded on an annual cycle. If the Trustees deem that no satisfactory proposals have been received in a particular cycle, or if the Trustees deem that available funds are insufficient to justify an award during a given cycle, no award need be made. The amount of the Leathers Award varies from year to year; it recently has been between $500-$650. 

Grantees will be required to follow NCA’s Assessment Protocols and Promotional Activities and Sponsorship Acknowledgment Policy.

All applicants are encouraged to check with their home institution regarding the rules and regulations involved with accepting grants to be sure applicants follow acceptable practice for their institution and state. NCA recommends that you share the protocol for assessment and reporting on grants (available above under detailed documents) with your grant officer before applying.

Grant awards are funded by The Dale G. Leathers Memorial Fund to Promote Communication Studies in Emerging Democracies.  

Any questions should be submitted to LaKesha Anderson, NCA Director of Academic and Professional Affairs, at Proposal must be in English. 

About Dale G. Leathers

Dale G. Leathers, who died unexpectedly in May of 1997, was a respected scholar, teacher, and leader within the field of Communication Studies. Among other leadership posts, Professor Leathers served as President of the Southern States Communication Association, as Head of the Department of Speech Communication at the University of Georgia, and, in 1992, as the 78th President of the National Communication Association (NCA, then known as SCA).

His particular vision during his presidency and service on the NCA Administrative Committee was to facilitate outreach of U.S. Communication scholars and teachers to international colleagues, especially those residing in nations in which the field of Speech Communication was not yet well understood or developed. He devoted his most intense efforts to promoting Communication Studies in the nations of the Russian Federation, as he was convinced that to do so would nurture the slender foothold democracy had achieved among the peoples of those lands.

Toward that end, Professor Leathers was able to visit Russia on two occasions, the second time as Co-Chair of the First International Communication Research Colloquium. At the time of his death, Professor Leathers was editing the proceedings of that conference for joint publication in Russian and English. As a proper and fitting memorial to the life and work of Dale G. Leathers, therefore, this fund to promote Communication Studies in emerging democracies was established.  

Note: Officers, directors, trustees (the Legislative Assembly and its Executive Committee), key employees, substantial contributors or employees thereof, and grant selection committee members are not eligible to receive grants from NCA.