• Granting Agency: National Endowment for the Humanities
  • Appropriation Amount: $300,000
  • Grant Amount: Award ceiling $60,000, Award floor $30,000
  • Announcement Date: June 14, 2021
  • Closing Date: September 15, 2021

Dynamic Language Infrastructure – Documenting Endangered Languages Fellowships NOFO
Previously Funded Programs in Alaska Guide to Grant Writing for Indigenous Languages

Purpose: This funding partnership between the National Science Foundation (NSF) and the National Endowment for the Humanities (NEH) supports projects to develop and advance knowledge concerning dynamic language infrastructure in the context of endangered human languages—languages that are both understudied and at risk of falling out of use. Made urgent by the imminent loss of roughly half of the approximately 7,000 currently used languages, this effort aims to exploit advances in human-language 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, documentation and analysis, and archiving of endangered language data, including the preparation of lexicons, grammars, text samples, and databases. Funding is available in the form of one- to three-year senior research grants and conference proposals. Fellowship support is available through a separate funding opportunity administered by NEH: https://www.neh.gov/program/dli-del-fellowships.

Eligible Expenditures:
Documenting Endangered Languages (DLI-DEL) Fellowships program, offered in partnership with the National Science Foundation (NSF). This program supports individual scholars for six to twelve months to pursue research on documentation and analysis of one or more endangered languages. DLI-DEL Fellowships provide recipients with time for fieldwork to record languages; digital archiving; transcription and annotation; linguistic and ethnographic analysis of findings; and preparation of print or digital research publications. Anticipated products include, but are not limited to, lexicons, grammars, databases, peer-reviewed articles, and monographs.

Eligible Applicants:
The DLI-DEL Fellowships program accepts applications from individuals who meet the following requirements.
U.S. citizens, whether they reside inside or outside the United States, are eligible to apply. Foreign nationals who have been living in the United States or its jurisdictions for at least the three years prior to the application deadline are also eligible. Foreign nationals who take up permanent residence outside the United States any time between the application deadline and the end of the period of performance will forfeit their eligibility to hold an award. (Leaving the U.S. on a temporary basis is permitted.)
If you are a foreign national, you must provide documentation that a licensed notary has witnessed your United States Permanent Resident Card, which demonstrates that you are legally admitted and permitted to work to the United States, before NEH can award you a fellowship. You must submit the documentation to NEH at least 30 day prior to your proposed start date as a PDF via eGMS Reach.
Currently enrolled students
While 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 DLI-DEL Fellowships; but such applicants must include a letter from the dean of the conferring school or their department chair attesting to the applicant’s status as of the deadline in Attachment 9: Degree conferral.
Organizations are not eligible to apply on behalf of scholars. DLI-DEL Fellowship awards may not be transferred to the applicant’s institution. If an individual recipient elects to have the fellowship paid through their institution, all NEH funds must be remitted to the individual. The institution may not take an institutional allowance.