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Dynamic Language Infrastructure – Documenting Endangered Languages (DLI-DEL) Fellowships

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National Endowment for the Humanities (NEH) and National Science Foundation (NSF)

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09/14/22 11:59 PM ET


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Fellowships of up to $60,000 to USA scholars, researchers, and linguists to conduct language research. Applicants are advised that required registration must be completed prior to applying. Fellows will contribute to the development of scholarly knowledge by collecting, documenting, and analyzing endangered human languages.

Dynamic Language Infrastructure – Documenting Endangered Languages (DLI-DEL) Fellowships:

This program supports individual scholars pursuing 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.

DLI-DEL Fellowships prioritize the collection, analysis, and publication of highly endangered language corpuses or extinct languages closely related to highly endangered languages. NEH funding supports fieldwork and other activities relevant to the digital recording, documenting, archiving, and scholarly analysis of endangered languages, including the preparation of lexicons, grammars, databases, peer-reviewed articles, and monographs. The program aims to leverage advances in information technology and contributes to the development of the next generation of researchers. NEH expects that language documentation resulting from awards will be archived and maintained to ensure its long-term availability.

Competitive submissions employ state-of-the-art documentation methods; embody exceptional research and rigorous analysis; and clearly articulate the level of endangerment of the language or languages to be studied.

NEH Area of Interest - Protecting our Cultural Heritage:

In response to the destruction of cultural heritage materials worldwide, NEH encourages applications for projects that study, document, or create digital representations of lost or imperiled cultural heritage materials.

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Funding is expected to be available to fund up to five recipients.

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Applicants may request a stipend of $5,000 per month. The minimum stipend is $30,000 for six months and the maximum stipend is $60,000 for twelve months.

Term of Contract:

The period of performance is 6-12 months.

- 2021 applicants must start on or after May 1, 2022, but no later than September 1, 2023.
- 2022 applicants must start on or after May 1, 2023, but no later than September 1, 2024.

The period of performance must be full-time. If a full-time continuous term is not feasible for you, you may split your term into two separate active periods, each of which must be at least three months in duration. You must complete your fellowship term within two years of your initial month.

Additional Eligibility Criteria:

NEH invites applications from individual linguists, linguistic anthropologists, or sociolinguists, and encourages submissions from independent scholars and junior scholars. Applicants should demonstrate a history of collaboration with other scholars and/or community members.

DLI-DEL Fellowships are designed for individual researchers. An award may not be divided among multiple collaborators. If you are seeking funds for more than one researcher for the same project, each person must submit a separate application.

The DLI-DEL Fellowships program accepts applications from individuals who meet the following requirements:

- Citizenship: 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. (If you are a foreign national, you must provide documentation that a licensed notary has witnessed your United States Permanent Resident Card.) 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.)

- 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.

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.

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Pre-Application Information:

Key Dates:
- Application Due Date: September 15, 2021 11:59 p.m. Eastern Time
- Anticipated Announcement*: April 2022

- Application Due Date: September 14, 2022 11:59 p.m. Eastern Time
- Anticipated Announcement*: April 2023

Applicants will be notified of funding decisions by email in April 2022 for applications submitted for the 2021 deadline and in April 2023 for the 2022 deadline.

Applicants are not required to submit a draft. Drafts must be submitted by July 14, 2021 at 11:59 p.m. Eastern Time (for the 2021 competition) or by July 14, 2022 at 11:59 p.m. Eastern Time (for the 2022 competition).

All applicants must submit their applications via Workspace. A account is vital to the grants process; register as soon as you know you are going to apply for this grant. If you are already registered, make sure your registration is current. NEH strongly recommends that you complete your registration at least two weeks before the application deadline.

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Before starting your grant application, please review the funding source's website listed below for updates/changes/addendums/conferences/LOIs.

Applicants wishing to submit drafts should submit them to; put “NEH - DEL-DLI Draft Narrative” in the subject line.

For questions about the program, contact:
Division of Research Programs
National Endowment for the Humanities
400 Seventh Street, SW
Washington, DC 20506

For questions about administrative requirements, contact:
Office of Grant Management
National Endowment for the Humanities

Applicants who are deaf or hard of hearing can contact NEH via Federal Relay (TTY users) at 800-877-8399. Help Desk

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