Our grants are available to anybody to carry out documentation work on still active material practices and knowledge systems. Applications from applicants with varying degrees of research and fieldwork experience are welcome, including from people without a PhD or from non-academic backgrounds. There are no disciplinary restrictions, however, applications should demonstrate previous experience of community-based fieldwork (or the intention of, if a student), and that the source community endorses the research. There is no restriction on the nationality of the applicants, nor on the regional coverage of the work being proposed. However, please note, preference is given to projects that will carry out work in areas/countries with limited local funding infrastructure.
We do not fund revitalisation work (where the particular knowledge system has already been lost and you are concerned to revive it).
EMKP provides three types of grants (further details can be found below):
Applications are peer reviewed by regional specialists and final decisions are made by the EMKP advisory board. Please note, if you are a PhD student we will require a letter of support from your supervisor.
The grants cover all relevant fieldwork costs including equipment, travel, subsistence and allowances for research assistants and community collaborators. We do not fund replacement teaching/salary costs for the principal investigator or co-investigators. We do not fund institutional overhead costs. Successful applicants are invited to a a week-long training course, usually held in London in September, which is designed to provide practical and theoretical training in key skills needed during documentation and preparation for upload to the digital repository. The costs of this training are covered from a separate budget and it is not necessary to include these costs in your application.
Please closely check the guidelines on the application structure. Note, you must use the most up-to-date form available for your application. Forms may change slightly from year to year, so please use earlier templates as a guide only.
For Frequently Asked Questions, see here.
Small grants can last up to one year with a maximum award of £15,000 . This type of grant is recommended for targeted material knowledge research focusing on a single or a few associated objects/practices. Small grants are also recommended for research aiming to establish how many practitioners and producers are left and the viability of setting up a larger project in the future.
Large grants can last up to two years with a maximum award of £70,000. The grant is recommended for projects aiming to document a broader set of material practices and associated knowledge of one or a few ethnic communities. The scale and causes of endangerment should generally be known. Large grant projects can consist of a team of researchers with different specialisms and roles.
To find out more about past successful projects, click here.
EMKP and ELDP are offering grants for collaborative projects that combine language and material knowledge documentation. This call is in response to the recognition that cultural knowledge of the made world is encoded in the language of its makers, and that both are critically threatened by rapidly changing social, political and economic factors across the globe. This call offers an exciting opportunity for trans-disciplinary work that integrates the documentation of endangered material knowledge and its expression in the endangered language of its speakers, exploring how people understand, learn and make their worlds in their own terms. This call provides the opportunity to give the makers a voice, and to preserve their knowledge in the language in which it was developed.
Applicants will need to submit applications to both EMKP and ELDP and complete a joint call form that can be found here. Applicants are asked to complete both the EMKP and ELDP application so that the linguistic or material knowledge part of the project can be funded on its own. You are welcome to apply for either a large or small grant.
Keep an eye out on this section as new documents can be added.
During the EMKP review process we see the same issues recurring that make projects un-fundable. Sometimes these are omissions or the lack of specific information; sometimes these are larger issues around eligibility. In preparing your application please follow the guidelines closely so you do not make small mistakes which make your application invalid. In addition, here is some general advice that should help you think about your application, how to prepare for it, what to include and how to write it.
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