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University of California, Santa Barbara -- June 23 - August 1, 2008  

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June 24 - June 28, 8:30 a.m. - 10:15 a.m.
IHC Conference Room

Margaret Florey
Monash University, Australia

Spike Gildea
University of Oregon

Knut Olawsky
Mirima Language and Culture Centre, Western Australia

Susan Penfield
University of Arizona


Course Overview
This workshop aims to build the essential skills for community members and students in linguistics to apply for competitive grants to support language documentation and/or revitalization projects. Participants will have the opportunity to develop a research proposal focused around their specific interests. The trainers will assist in identifying an appropriate funding agency and, through small group activities, participants will be given guidance and feedback on each step of grant-writing. Through a series of five classes, this workshop will cover the following topics:

  1. Introduction This first class will introduce the trainers and our background with funding for documentation and revitalization projects in various parts of the world. Throughout the week, students will work together in small groups which will be based around shared interests. We will give an overview of the key national and international funding agencies.

  2. Ethics and protocols In this class we will focus on ethical issues. We will examine the requirements for carrying out effective documentation projects consistent with community protocols and adhering to the regulations of funding bodies and institutions. We will also consider intellectual property rights and access rights.

  3. Grant structure We will first review the essential information that is commonly required by funding agencies. Students will select an appropriate funding agency for their project. The grant-writing process will commence with outlining the project goals and objectives, drafting a summary, selecting keywords, and identifying project participants.

  4. Filling in the framework Participants will work on the main sections of the grant application in this class. We will look at the requirements for the background and literature review sections. Students will begin to identify appropriate methods, determine the technological needs of the project and build a timeline.

  5. Budget and referees This class focuses on preparing a budget and prioritizing budget items. Participants will also identify potential referees for their grant application and consider finding readers for the draft proposal.

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Institute on Field Linguistics and Language Documentation - Dept. of Linguistics, UCSB