Endangered Languages Documentation Programme (ELDP): Major Documentation Project (MDP) 2017

The Endangered Languages Documentation Programme (ELDP) is one of three programmes which make up the Hans Rausing Endangered Languages Project (HRELP).

The key objectives of ELDP are:

  • to support the documentation of as many endangered languages as possible,
  • to encourage fieldwork on endangered languages, especially by scholars at an early stage in their academic career with skills in language documentation, and
  • to create a repository of language resources for linguistics, social sciences, and the language communities.

Major Documentation Projects could involve a number of elements, including fieldwork, salary costs of researchers and stipend costs of graduate students (while engaged in the field and in processing work) whose doctoral research will contribute to the project as a whole.

Funding & Duration

Major Documentation Project is the name for any project over £10,000 (approx. AUD $16,000). The average award for an MDP over the last three years is £94,000 (approx. AUD $151, 000) and the panel welcomes modest requests. There is a cap of £150,000 (approx. AUD $241, 000); applicants are strongly encouraged to submit value for money proposals that are clearly justified. Support is offered for projects between 6 and 36 months in duration.


ELDP welcomes applications from researchers of any nationality to undertake projects in any part of the world. Applicants should be researchers with qualifications in linguistics and experience in linguistic fieldwork (including suitably qualified graduate students). Projects may be undertaken by teams or individuals.

Submission Requirements

Further Information

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