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* Linguistics

A research guide for Linguistics, including library and other resources, where to find corpora and datasets, and more.

Research Funding

Grant Name

Amount of Award

Deadline

Eligibility/Language Restrictions

Undergraduate/Graduate

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

$100,000–$300,000

Late March

Project must focus on Native American languages.

Graduate

Administration for Children and Families Native American Language Preservation and Maintenance

$100,000–$300,000

Late March

Project must focus on Native American languages.

Graduate

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

Up to $5,000

Mid November

N/A

Doctoral

American Philosophical Society Phillips Fund for Native American Research

Up to $3,500

Early March

N/A

Graduate

Endangered Language Fund Language Legacies Grant

Up to $4,000

Early March

Project must focus on endangered languages.

All

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

Endangered Languages and Documentation Programme Documentation Grant

Varies

Early January

Only endangered languages applicable (see website).

Graduate

Endangered Languages and Documentation Programme Legacy Material Grant

Up to €10,000

Early January

Only endangered languages applicable (see website).

Graduate

The Explorers Club Grants

$500–$5,000

Early November

Must be conducting fieldwork.

All

Firebird Foundation for Anthropological Research Fellowships for the Documentation of Oral Literature and Traditional Ecological Knowledge

Up to $10,000

Early March, Early June, Early September, Early December

Project must focus on oral traditions of indigenous communities.

Graduate

Firebird Foundation for Anthropological Research Laura W. R. and George N. Appell Fellowship for the Collection of Oral Literature and Traditional Ecological Knowledge

Up to $40,000

Early March, Early June, Early September, Early December

Project must be long-term and focus on indigenous languages and communities.

Graduate

Foundation for Endangered Languages Grant

Up to $1,000

Unknown

Must be a Foundation member. Project must focus on an endangered language. Graduate

The Jacob Research Funds

Up to $9,000

Early February

Must be studying aboriginal languages and cultures of the Americas.

Graduate

National Endowment for the Humanities/National Science Foundation Dynamic Language Infrastructure Documenting Endangered Languages Senior Research 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

National Geographic Level I Grant

Up to $20,000

Mid April

N/A

All

National Geographic Level II Grant

Up to $100,000

Mid April

N/A

All

National Science Foundation Research Experiences for Undergraduates

Varies

Varies

N/A

Undergraduate

Seventh Generation Fund

Up to $50,000

Early March, Early June, Early September, Early December

Must be an indigenous person. Project must focus on indigenous languages.

Graduate

Sociological Initiatives Foundation Grant

$10,000–$20,000

Early August

N/A

Graduate

University of Rochester Discover Undergraduate Summer Research Grant

Up to $5,000

Late March

Internship/research opportunity secured before applying.

Undergraduate

University of Rochester River Campus Libraries Research Initiative Award for Undergraduates

$1,000

Late November

N/A

Undergraduate

Education, Conference & 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 Early October Must identify as a racial minority. All
U.S. Department of State 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
Defense Language and National Security Education Office Boren Awards Scholarship Up to $25,000 Early February Must be a U.S. citizen Undergraduate
Defense Language and National Security Education Office Boren Awards Fellowship Up to $25,000 Late January Must be a U.S. citizen Graduate
Josephine de Karman Fellowship $25,000 Late January Note that for the 2022-23 academic year, only students at specific California universities are eligible. Graduate (final year)
Linguistic Society of America Bernard and Julia Bloch Fellowship for the Linguistic Institute Tuition, travel, sustenance Late February Must be a Linguistic Society of America member. Biennial award. All
Linguistic Society of America Ivan Sag Institute Fellowship Tuition, room, board, and travel Late February Must be a Linguistic Society of America member. All
Linguistic Society of America Ken Hale Student Fellowship for the Linguistic Institute Tuition, room, board, and travel Late February Must be a Linguistic Society of America member. Must be pursuing a course of study to document endangered languages and work with communities toward their preservation. Graduate
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 Early February Topics related to linguistic anthropology All
University of Rochester Research Presentation Award $500–$1000 Rolling, submit at least 14 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
U.S. Department of State Bureau of Educational and Cultural Affairs Benjamin A. Gilman International Scholarship Up to $5,000 Early March and October Must be a U.S, citizen, must be receiving a Federal Pell Grant. Undergraduate

Acknowledgements & Update Info

Thank you to Erin O'Malley for compiling this list as part of the Career Exploration in Librarianship and Mentoring program, first published in May 2018. Last updated in March 2022.