Language Documentation Grants

Applications for 2020 are closed

Language Documentation Grants are intended to help CoEDL achieve its goal of broadening documentary coverage of the world’s languages by supporting small-scale projects outside the main project lines. The grants offer CoEDL members (particularly those without other substantial funding access) the chance to investigate new languages, field sites, or types of documentation. Example projects could include: exploratory field trips to gather material on an undocumented or little-documented language (e.g. following up reports of a previously unreported language adjacent to a given field site), extension of fieldwork to a new domain (e.g. exploiting independent documentation to complement an existing grammatical description), or checking out previously recorded materials with the only surviving speakers or semi-speakers so as to transcribe and translate old recordings.


The grants are open to researchers who are CoEDL members or affiliates (but are not a Chief Investigators). This includes CoEDL Post-doctoral fellows and PhD students, Associate and Affiliate Investigators, and Partner Investigators. All applications must be endorsed by a Chief Investigator who agrees to receive and coordinate the grant funds, and oversee the project.

Those who are already Centre members can download grant documentation here

Please note: When applying please refer to the Centre's Indigenous Linguistics & Cultural Heritage Ethics Policy 2017.

For information on becoming an affiliate of the Centre, visit this page

  • Australian Government
  • The University of Queensland
  • Australian National University
  • The University of Melbourne
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