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* Linguistics: Funding

Funding resources for students including research grants, essay competitions, travel, and more.

Research Funding

Grant Name

Amount of Award

Deadline

Eligibility/Language Restrictions

Undergraduate/Graduate

Sociological Initiatives Foundation Grant

Up to $30,000

Early August

N/A

Graduate

National Endowment for the Humanities/National Science Foundation Documenting Endangered Languages Grant

Varies

Early September

See website for applicable languages

Graduate

National Endowment for the Humanities Summer Stipend

Up to $6,000

Late September

N/A

Graduate

Endangered Language Fund Native Voices Endowment Grant

$2,500-$10,000

Late October

Must be an enrolled tribal member, etc, see link for details, applicable to Native American languages 

All

The Explorers Club High School Student and College Undergraduate Grant

$500-$5,000

Early November

N/A

Undergraduate

University of Rochester River Campus Libraries Research Initiative Award for Undergraduates

$1,000

Late November

N/A

Undergraduate

Endangered Languages and Documentation Programme Legacy Material Grant

Varies

Early January

Only endangered languages applicable, see website

Graduate

Endangered Languages and Documentation Programme Documentation Grant

Varies

Early January

Only endangered languages applicable, see website

Graduate

American Philosophical Society  Lewis and Clark Fund for Exploration and Field Research

Up to $5,000

Early February

Must be a doctoral student

Graduate

The Jacob Research Fund

Up to $9,000

Early February

Must be studying aboriginal languages and cultures of the Americas

Graduate

American Philosophical Society Phillips Fund for Native American Research

Up to $3,500

Early March

See website for applicable languages

Graduate

The Endangered Language Fund Language Legacies Grant

Up to $4,000

Early March

Project must focus on endangered languages

All

American Philosophical Society Phillips Fund for Native American Research

Up to $3,500

Early March

See website for applicable languages

Graduate

Seventh Generation Fund

Up to $10,000

Late March

Project must focus on indigenous languages

Graduate

First Nations Development Institute Native Language Immersion Initiative

Unknown

Late March

Project must focus on Native American languages

Graduate

University of Rochester Discover Undergraduate Summer Research Grant 

$500-$2,500

Early April

Internship/research opportunity secured before applying

Undergraduate

Administration for Children and Families Native American Language Preservation and Maintenance - Esther Martinez Immersion 

Average award $285,000

Early April

Project must focus on Native American languages

Graduate

Administration for Children and Families Native American Language Preservation and Maintenance

Average award $295,000

Early April

Project must focus on Native American languages

Graduate

National Geographic Early Career Grant

Up to $10,000

Early July

N/A

All

National Geographic Exploration Grant

Up to $30,000

Early July

N/A

Graduate

Firebird Foundation Firebird Fellowship 

Up to $10,000

9/1,12/1, 3/1, 6/1, reviewed quarterly

Project must focus on indigenous languages/communities

Graduate

Firebird Foundation Laura W.R. Appell Fellowship

Up to $40,000

9/1,12/1, 3/1, 6/1, reviewed quarterly

Project must focus on indigenous languages/communities

Graduate

National Science Foundation Research Experiences for Undergraduates

Varies

Varies

N/A

Undergraduate

University of Rochester Center for Visual Science Undergraduate Summer Fellowship Program in Vision Science ‚Äč

$3,820

Unknown

N/A

Undergraduate

Foundation for Endangered Languages Grant

Varies

Unknown

N/A Graduate
University of Rochester Center for Visual Science Walt and Bobbi Makous Prize Unknown N/A N/A Undergraduate

 

Education, Conference, and Travel Funding

Grant Name Amount of Award Deadline Eligibility/Language Restrictions Undergraduate/Graduate
Linguistic Society of America Committee on Ethnic Diversity in Linguistics Diversity Travel Award $500-$1000 Early October Must identify as a racial minority All
Critical Language Scholarship Travel, room, board, instruction fees, etc Early November Must be a U.S. citizen, must have completed at least one year of university, see website for eligible languages All
Boren Awards Scholarship Up to $20,000 travel Early January Must be a U.S. citizen Undergraduate
Boren Awards Fellowship Up to $24,000 Early January Must be a U.S. citizen Graduate
CoLang Conference Additional Fellowship Conference registration fee Late January Must be Native American All
Josephine de Karman Fellowship  $15,000/$25,000 Late January Must be a rising undergraduate senior or in last year of  graduate  program All
Linguistic Society of America Bloch Fellowship for the Linguistic Institute Tuition, travel, sustenance Early February Must be a Linguistic Society of America member All
Linguistic Society of America Ivan Sag Institute Fellowship Tuition, room, board, and travel Early February Must be a Linguistic Society of America member All
BRIC Language Learning Go Global Scholarship $1,000 Late June Must be a U.S. citizen, have at least a 3.0 GPA, and is currently studying a foreign language All
Society for Linguistic Anthropology Undergraduate Student Essay Prize $500 Late June Topics related to linguistic anthropology All
University of Rochester Research Presentation Award $500-$1000 Rolling, submit at least 30 days in advance of conference Must have research already accepted for presentation, not on academic or disciplinary probation, up to two awards per academic year Undergraduate
Benjamin A. Gilman International Scholarship Up to $5,000 Varies Must be a U.S, citizen, must be receiving a Federal Pell Grant Undergraduate

 

Acknowledgements

Thank you to Erin O'Malley for compiling this list as part of the Career Exploration in Librarianship and Mentoring program, published in May 2018.