Grant writing for language activists and linguists

Margaret Florey
Susan Penfield
Doug Whalen

Course days, time, and location:
6/22, 6/23, 6/24, & 6/28
1:30 - 3:15
Condon, Room 201

Course information:
This workshop will highlight what works and what doesn’t in grant applications. Though aimed primarily at those new to the process, there are new tricks and opportunities that experienced grant writers will benefit from as well. An overview of the key national and international funding agencies will be provided, and there will be discussion of ethical and intellectual property issues. We will consider the sections commonly included in grant applications, and participants will begin to draft sections of a mock proposal. To make the most of the time available, we encourage participants to bring drafts of what you would really like to do and what you think would get funded.

Course Documents:
Day One Handout  
Day Two Handout   
Day Three Handout  
Day Four Handout  

Instructor(s) Bio:
Margaret Florey is Director and consultant linguist with the Resource Network for Linguistic Diversity, a non-profit organization based in Australia and with international outreach. She is actively involved in advocacy and international capacity building activities with members of Indigenous communities, and is currently developing a new model for grassroots training in language documentation and conservation for Australian Aboriginal communities. Margaret has lengthy field experience in Central Maluku, eastern Indonesia, and has published extensively on the endangered languages of the Austronesian region. Margaret's research and training activities have been supported by a wide range of national and international funding agencies, and she has run workshops in grant-writing methods in Australia, the USA (InField 2008), Canada and Indonesia.

Susan Penfield is Program Director of the Documenting Endangered Languages program of the US National Science Foundation. Susan received her Ph.D. in Linguistic Anthropology from the University of Arizona. She has been involved with community language planning for over thirty years. Her special interest is primarily with North American Indigenous languages and she is actively involved in research on language documentation, language revitalization, Indigenous languages and technology and community-based language/linguistic training. Her recent work in language documentation has been with Mohave which has about 30 remaining speakers and Chemehuevi, less than five remaining speakers. This is a collaborative project which engages and trains community members in all aspects of the documentation process, from data collection to database construction. Susan frequently teaches for the American Indian Language Development Institute where she has initiated courses in Indigenous Languages and Technology and more recently in grant writing and language documentation. Her work with language and technology was supported by the Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation and resulted in a book, Technology-enhanced Language Revitalization, with Philip Cash Cash and a listserv titled "Indigenous Languages and Technology (ILAT)" which now has over 200 members world-wide. Susan's passion is for training community members to work on their own heritage languages as she strongly believes that the vitality of endangered languages can only be fully restored through community-based activities. She is currently a consultant for a number of communities where language documentation is forming the basis for strong revitalization activities, notably the Colorado River Indian Tribes in Arizona and the Coushatta community in Louisiana. 

Doug Whalen is Vice President of Research at Haskins Laboratories, and President and Founder of the Endangered Language Fund.  He has been continuously funded by grants for the past 32 years, receiving funding both from the National Institutes of Health and the National Science Foundation.  He has served as a Program Officer for NSF’s Documenting Endangered Languages program and for the Cognitive Neurosciences program.  Through the Endangered Language Fund, he gives out 20 or so grants per year.  His research is primarily focused on phonetics - speech production, speech perception, and the relation between them, both in behavior and in functional neuroimaging.

                                               Updated June 28, 2010 at 4:28 pm