The NSF DDRIG in Dynamic Language Infrastructure provides funding for fieldwork and other research costs not normally covered by the grantee’s university. UChicago doctoral candidates should consult the SSRC DDRIG toolkit for program dates, timelines and other institutional requirements.

Eligible Research

This funding partnership supports projects to develop and advance knowledge concerning endangered human languages. Made urgent by the imminent death of roughly half of the approximately 7000 currently used languages, this effort aims to exploit advances in information technology to build computational infrastructure for endangered language research. The program supports projects that contribute to data management and archiving, and to the development of the next generation of researchers. Funding can support fieldwork and other activities relevant to the digital recording, documenting, and archiving of endangered languages, including the preparation of lexicons, grammars, text samples, and databases. Funding in this solicitation will be available in the form of doctoral dissertation research improvement grants (DDRIGs) for up to 24 months.

The maximum individual award size is $15,000 in direct costs. Indirect costs are in addition to the maximum direct cost limitation and are subject to the awardee’s current federally negotiated indirect cost rate.

For more information about applying for the NSF Documenting Endangered Languages DDRIG, contact Beth Powers (

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