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Grants and In-Kind Support to USA, Canada, and International Scholars for Research to Revitalize Indigenous Cultures

Recovering Voices Community Research Program (CRP)


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Funding Source
Array ( [0] => American Samoa (USA); [1] => Guam (USA); [2] => Puerto Rico (USA); [3] => Virgin Islands (USA); [4] => Northern Mariana Islands (USA); )

Geographic Focus
USA Territories: American Samoa (USA);   Guam (USA);   Puerto Rico (USA);   Virgin Islands (USA);   Northern Mariana Islands (USA);
USA Compact Free Associations:The Federated States of Micronesia (USA)   Marshall Islands (USA)   Republic of Palau (USA)
International, Israel and Canada.

Important Dates
Deadline: 01/31/24 Postmarked or Emailed Save

Grant Description
Grants of up to $10,000 and in-kind support to USA, Canada, and International scholars representing Indigenous communities for efforts to record, preserve, and bring to life Indigenous cultures, languages, and knowledge systems. Funding is intended to increase access to the Smithsonian’s diverse collections- archival, biological, and cultural- in support of interdisciplinary research aimed at language and knowledge documentation and revitalization.

The funding brings groups of community scholars to the Smithsonian to examine cultural objects, biological specimens, and archival documents related to their heritage language and knowledge systems, and engage in a dialogue with each other and with Smithsonian staff, as part of a process to revitalize their language and knowledge. Interdisciplinary and collaborative projects are encouraged. 

Recovering Voices emphasizes the role of cultural knowledge embedded in language, cultural practices, and material culture and seeks to understand the dynamics of intergenerational knowledge transfer as a key to the sustainability of knowledge systems and language.

Recovering Voices provides non-monetary support for awardees including: video and/or audio documentation of the research visit with all documentation shared with the community researchers (this does not preclude the awardee from creating their own video/audio documentation); logistics and administrative support to book travel and lodging, reserve time in the repositories; and support in navigating the Smithsonian Institution and Washington, DC.

Allowed Expenses:

  • Travel costs (airfare, ground transportation, etc)
  • Lodging
  • Per diem
  • Research materials 


Additional Eligibility Criteria
Any community whose linguistic and/or cultural traditions are represented in the Smithsonian’s collections or archives is eligible to apply for research funding.

Groups of community scholars from around the world are eligible to apply.

All recipients of Research Support must wait at least one (1) year after receiving funding to apply for additional support from Recovering Voices.

Disallowed Expenses:
- Salaries or stipends
- Laptops, tablet computers, cameras, and any other equipment.

Pre-Application Information
The Community Research Program call for proposal submissions will be open November 15, 2023 - January 31, 2024 (deadline extended).

Applications sent by post must be postmarked by January 31, 2024. Please notify the Recovering Voices office by email on or before the postmark date if the proposal is being sent by mail.

Estimated Size of Grant
Applicants may request up to a maximum of $10,000 (USD).

Contact Information
To apply, please submit a proposal electronically to:

Questions may be sent to the above email address.

Or by post: Recovering Voices Program
Department of Anthropology
Smithsonian Institution MRC 112
P.O. Box 37012
Washington, DC 20013-7012

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