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Donald Z. Osborn dzo at BISHARAT.NET
Fri Dec 17 09:18:59 UTC 2004

FYI... (reposted from the Linguist list)  DZO

Date: 16-Dec-2004
From: Nicholas Ostler <nostler at>
Subject: Call for Proposals:Foundation for Endangered Langs

The Foundation for Endangered Languages is now accepting proposals for projects
of work that will support, enable or assist the documentation, protection or
promotion of one or more endangered languages.  These endangered languages may
be anywhere in the  world.

The Foundation's funds remain extremely limited and only an exceptional award
will be greater than US $1,500. Smaller proposals stand a better chance of

Please pass on this announcement to your friends and colleagues in
endangered-language communities who may not have access to Ogmios,  the
Internet or e-mail.

**Format for Submissions:
As of this year, there has been a change in the format for submissions to the
Foundation.  In future, applicants must submit a short Case for Support and a
Application Form.  Guidance on how to write a Case, and fill out the form, is
accessible at the Foundation's website: -
It may also be obtained from me at the address below.  (Any other, older, FEL
materials - as still at - are obsolete, and
should not be used.)

The Case for Support (CS) and Application Form (AF) are best  submitted as Word
files attached to an e-mail message sent to <FEL at>.
Non-ascii text should be in some form  of Unicode. The two files should be
named "languageCS.doc" and "languageAF.doc", substituting the name of the
language to be studied for 'language'.

Copies printed on paper will also be accepted as an alternative. In general, it
is not necessary to send  a hard copy of an electronic proposal for
confirmation, but FEL may request this if there are major difficulties in
reading the file.

All proposals must be submitted in this format, to ensure comparability. Unless
agreed with me in advance in writing, all proposals must be in English.

** Deadline:
The time-limit for proposals will be 30 January 2005. By that date, full
proposals (consisting of Case for Support and Application Form) must reach me
at the address below. All proposals received will be acknowledged on receipt.

The FEL Committee will announce its decision by 31st March 2005.

** Comments on Draft Proposals:
FEL tries to keep its procedures as simple as possible. But it recognizes that
they may be especially taxing for those without training in a western
university. In the case of proposals from communities or community linguists,
FEL is prepared to comment on drafts, and suggest weaknesses and potential
remedies (without prejudice) before the selection. Such draft proposals -
clearly marked "DRAFT" - should reach FEL as soon as possible, and no later
than 31 December 2004.

This commenting service is simply offered in order to help: it is never required
to submit such a draft.  If  draft applications are received from applicants
who are judged not to be members of endangered language communities or such
communities' designated linguists, they may be re-classified as final
applications, at FELs discretion.

Nicholas Ostler <nostler at>
FEL Chairman and Grants Officer
The Foundation for Endangered Languages (FEL) is a separate from ELF, the
Endangered Language Fund ( It is perfectly possible (and
has indeed occurred in the past) that the same project can be partially funded
by both FEL and ELF.

Foundation for Endangered Languages
Registered Charity: England and Wales 1070616
172 Bailbrook Lane, Bath BA1 7AA, England
+44-1225-852865  nostler at

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