National Science Foundation: Documenting Endangered Languages
Documenting Endangered Languages (DEL) is a funding partnership between the National Science Foundation (NSF) and the National Endowment for the Humanities (NEH) that supports projects to develop and advance knowledge concerning endangered human languages. Made urgent by the imminent death of roughly half of the approximately 7,000 currently used languages, this effort aims to exploit advances in information technology to build computational infrastructure for endangered language research. The program supports projects that contribute to data management and archiving, and to the development of the next generation of researchers. Funding can support fieldwork and other activities relevant to the digital recording, documenting, and archiving of endangered languages, including the preparation of lexicons, grammars, text samples, and databases. Funding will be available in the form of one- to three-year senior research grants, fellowships from six to twelve months, and conference proposals. Note: a conference proposal should generally be submitted at least a year in advance of the scheduled date of the conference.
Amount: A total of $4,800,000 is available to make 26-30 awards, including five fellowships.
- Senior research projects: Approximately 12-25 standard or continuing grants ranging from $12,000-$150,000 per year for one to three years. Collaborative projects cannot exceed $150,000 total per year for one to three years.
- Fellowships: Up to five awards will be made at $5,000 per month for awards lasting from six to twelve months; the maximum stipend is $60,000 for a twelve-month tenure period.
Eligibility: Proposals may only be submitted by the following:
- Institutions of Higher Education (IHEs): Two- and four-year IHEs (including community colleges) accredited in, and having a campus located in the U.S., acting on behalf of their faculty members.
- Nonprofit, non-academic organizations: Independent museums, observatories, research labs, professional societies, and similar organizations in the U.S. associated with educational or research activities.
- Unaffiliated individuals: Scientists, engineers, or educators in the U.S. who are U.S. citizens and foreign nationals who have been living in the United States or its jurisdictions for at least the three years prior to the proposal deadline are eligible to apply for fellowships.
- Tribal organizations and other American Indian, Alaska Native, and Native Hawaiian serving organizations.
Who may serve as PI:
- Senior research grants: There are no restrictions or limits.
- Fellowships: U.S. citizens are eligible to apply for fellowships. Foreign nationals who have been living in the United States or its jurisdictions for at least the three years prior to the proposal deadline are also eligible to apply for fellowships. Applicants can be affiliated with an institution or be an unaffiliated individual. Applicants need not have advanced degrees. Individuals currently enrolled in a degree-granting program are ineligible to apply. Applicants who have satisfied all the requirements for a degree and are awaiting its conferral are eligible for DEL Fellowships; but such applicants need a letter from the dean of the conferring school or their department chair attesting to the applicant’s status as of the DEL deadline listed in this solicitation.
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