NAJIT Scholars Program – 2020

What is the NAJIT Scholars Program?

The Scholars program of the National Association of Judiciary Interpreters and Translators (NAJIT) selects up to five scholars from qualified applicants to attend NAJIT’s 41st Annual Conference.  Qualified applicants must be currently enrolled in or have graduated from translation and interpretation programs in North America in 2019 and 2020, and be available to attend the conference which will be held from June 5-7, 2020, at the Westin Fort Lauderdale Beach Resort in Fort Lauderdale, FL. Full details for the event can be found on our main conference page.

Who is Eligible to apply?

Spoken Language or Visual Language (Sign Language) Translating or Interpreting (T&I) students and 2019 or 2020 graduates of any academic T&I degree or certificate program may apply for one of the 2020 NAJIT Scholars Awards.  There is no limit to the number of applications any given T&I Program may submit for consideration. Previous recipients of this Scholarship are not eligible to reapply. Active members of NAJIT are not eligible to apply for this award unless they can verify their T&I student status. Continuing education credits are available for active members only. Selected Scholars may upgrade their complimentary student membership to an active membership to receive a certificate of attendance.

NAJIT Scholars Program

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What do I receive with the NAJIT Scholars Award?

Each successful applicant to this program in 2020, will receive a “NAJIT Scholar Award” which encompasses the following:

  • Complimentary registration for NAJIT’s 41st Annual Conference;
  • A stipend of $500 (in the form of a check to be presented at the conference) to help the NAJIT Scholars defray lodging or travel expenses, or to be used any way the Scholar deems fit;
  • Complimentary registration for one full day pre-conference workshop or two half-day pre-conference workshops, and
  • Complimentary student membership in NAJIT for one full year, including a one-year subscription to NAJIT’s publication, Proteus.

Note: Transportation, lodging arrangements, and any other costs associated with travel are the sole responsibility of the NAJIT Scholar. NAJIT Scholars will need to cover the expense of three nights in the conference hotel. A discounted hotel rate is available for reservations made prior to May 14th, 2020 (reservations should be made early as space is limited). If possible, NAJIT will assist the Scholars in making roommate arrangements, but cannot guarantee that a suitable roommate will be available. The following conference events are included in the NAJIT Scholars Award: the Friday evening Welcome Event, the Friday evening Scholars’ Reception, continental breakfasts on Saturday/Sunday, the group luncheon for the Annual Business Meeting, and the Saturday evening reception.

In the event that a Scholar is unable to attend the conference and avail themselves of NAJIT’s Scholarship, the $500 stipend shall be forfeited. The registration fees waived under the scholarship have no cash value.

Scholarship applications must be submitted by April 6, 2020.

NAJIT Scholar Program – Application Process

  • Applications for the 2020 NAJIT Scholars Program can be found here.
  • Essays must be submitted electronically in a Word-compatible document. Scanned applications will not be accepted.
  • No mailed-in applications will be accepted.
  • All applications must be received by April 6, 2020. Applications received after that date will not be considered.
  • All application forms and written queries sent to NAJIT must be in English.
  • Applications will not be considered by the judges if any section of the required information fields is left blank or incomplete.

The Chair of the NAJIT Board of Directors will notify all Scholarship Recipients of the results by April 22, 2020, immediately after the judges render their decision.

Please review the 2020 NAJIT Scholars Program document for complete details.