IPA News

5 Jul 2019

The new Council of the IPA has chosen the following members as the officers of the 2019-2023 Executive: Michael Ashby (UCL, London) - President; Amalia Arvaniti (U. Kent, Canterbury, UK) - Vice-president; Ghada Khattab (Newcastle U., Newcastle-upon-Tyne, UK - Treasurer; Gerard Docherty (Griffith U., Brisbane, Australia) - Secretary; Marija Tabain (La Trobe U., Melbourne, Australia) - Editor. Congratulations to all!

The IPA holds a general business meeting every four years, at ICPhS. Officers and committees report on the Association's activities and plans, and suggestions from the audience are welcome. This year's meeting will be on Monday, August 5, 13:00-14:30. The conference programme will have the room number for the meeting.

13 Feb 2019

The International Phonetic Association is offering up to 35 IPA Student Awards, 10 Travel bursaries and 4 Gösta Bruce Scholarships for ICPhS 2019. The Gösta Bruce Scholarships are supported by donations to the Gösta Bruce Memorial Fund, which honors the previous IPA president. Details on eligibility, financial benefits and evaluation criteria are available below.

The application period is from Feb 15th - to March 1st 2019. Awards will be announced by the end of March, giving awardees time to register for the ICPhS in advance of the 15th April unique early-bird registration deadline (see https://www.icphs2019.org/congress-registration/ for details)

Eligible members of the IPA should send to the IPA Secretary (Gerry Docherty) an email that states their name, current academic affiliation (if any), and how they are eligible for an Award (student member, or other eligible category). The email should be accompanied by a pdf copy of the submitted ICPhS paper (deanonymized) and by the confirmation of acceptance from the conference organizers. The above material should be submitted with the subject line “ICPhS award application”.
Awards will be made available to successful applicants in advance of the ICPhS on receipt of the relevant supporting documentation (further details of which will be provided to awardees).


IPA Student Awards/Travel Bursaries and Gösta Bruce Scholarships for ICPhS presenters


To support student and other eligible members as described below to present their research at ICPhS.


Awards are granted to Association members from any of the following groups: (i) student members, (ii) unemployed members, (iii) members under age 35, or (iv) members from countries where funding resources are limited. Proof of student or other relevant status must be submitted with the application. Members who are first or sole author of a paper or poster are eligible to apply.

Financial benefits

Student Award - up to GBP600 towards costs of early-bird student member conference registration fee and accommodation.
Travel Bursary and Gösta Bruce Scholarship - up to GBP600 towards travel costs to ICPhS.


Information about the availability of, and mode of application for, these awards is provided by the IPA and the conference organizers.

Selection criteria

Papers of award applicants are reviewed by the IPA Committee on Conference Sponsorships and Student Awards. Evaluations are based on the criteria (1-5) below using a 10-point scale for each criterion that is subsequently adjusted for criterion weighting (10-40%) and averaged across reviewers.
The highest scoring papers will be selected for the Gösta Bruce Scholarships, with the stipulation that at least half of those scholarships will be awarded for research on prosody (and that first or sole authors of those papers are not previous Gösta Bruce Scholarship recipients). The remaining awards will be made based primarily on paper scores, but with additional attention to distribution to members from a variety of countries.

  1. Research Background: Theoretical framework, analysis of concepts and debates, aims, need for the study (15%)
  2. Methodology: research design, data collection procedures, analysis approach (25%)
  3. Results and Discussion: presentation of results, critical analysis of findings, interpretation, substantiated conclusions (40%)
  4. Originality: scholarly significance (10%)
  5. Overall impression: organisation of the paper, writing style, clarity, readability (10%)

Subject to candidate numbers, the 2019 Certificate examinations of the International Phonetic Association will be held in London on Monday 3rd June 2019, and on Monday 2nd September 2019.

The entry fee for the examination is £150 (£75 for student members).

Registration closes one month before the exam date.

26 Nov 2018

As one of the principal sponsors of the 2019 ICPhS taking place in Melbourne, the IPA is delighted to announce benefits for members attending the Congress:


IPA members will receive a discount of AU$70 on the ICPhS registration fee, a sum that is in excess of the annual IPA membership fee (IPA membership will have to be valid at the point of ICPhS registration).


Student IPA members will be eligible to apply for an IPA Student Award. These will be set at GBP600, thereby providing significant assistance with the costs of participating in ICPhS. Applications for the awards will open on 15th February 2019 (the date on which the ICPhS acceptance announcements will be issued) and the application window will close on 1st March 2019. IPA membership will have to be valid at the point of application. The outcome of the Awards applications will be announced by 31st March. Funding will be available for up to 49 such Awards.

Further information about the Student Awards and about process for applying for them will be available soon, so please watch this space.

Applications for IPA membership can be lodged via our website at
This same web-page gives a full list of member benefits.