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ESF Grants: Information and Application Process

Interlinguistics Support Fund (ISF):

General ESF Grants:

ESF invites proposals for small grants of up to USD 2000 to assist scholars and graduate students in conducting and publishing research in the fields of language planning, interlinguistics, transnational language policy, linguistic justice, and planned languages (including Esperanto).

Grants are available for:

  • Small research projects
  • Attendance at conferences
  • Travel to research libraries
  • Fieldwork support
  • Website development
  • Support for publication

The Interlinguistics Support Fund is administered by the Center for Research and Documentation on World Language Problems, publisher of the journal Language Problems and Language Planning. ISF grants are awarded on a competitive basis. In general they are to be used within a year of the award.  Applications may be made by any of the three deadlines each year (see below).

Grants in the general category are generally made for projects and to other non-profit organizations and universities when the need aligns strongly with the priorities of ESF in the areas of conservation and education; although, grants for research projects may also be given.

Grants in the general category are awarded on a competitive basis with requests for small financial amounts distributed in the year the grant is awarded.

ESF occasionally awards grants of larger amounts (up to USD 10,000). Projects must sit firmly within ESF’s priority areas. Grants awarded for larger amounts are usually budgeted in the following year.

For guidance on your grant application, please send a brief message of inquiry to admin (at) especially if your project budget is more than USD 1000.

General ESF grant applications are reviewed by a subcommittee of the ESF Board of Directors.

Application Deadlines:

There are three application deadlines per year:


  • 31 January
  • 30 April
  • 30 September

Grants to be budgeted in the following year (see “General ESF Grants” above) must be submitted by 30 September.

Grant Decision Notification:

ESF strives to notify grant applicants by:

  • 28 February for applications submitted by 31 January
  • 31 May for applications submitted by 30 April
  • 31 October for applications submitted by 30 September

Grant Process (Steps and what to expect):

  1. The application process is the same for requests to the Interlinguistics Support Fund (ISF) and general grant requests. However, applications to the Interlinguistics Support Fund are reviewed separately from general applications.
  2. All grant applications are reviewed on a competitive basis in their respective category (General or ISF).
  3. Apply either for an ISF grant or a general grant.
    Priority is given to projects which align well with one or more of ESF’s priority areas or in the case of an ISF grant, are in the available categories.
  4. ESF may request additional information before making a decision.
  5. The decision on which applications to fund is usually made within the month following the application deadline.
  6. You will be notified of the decision on your application.
  7. Unsuccessful applications may be revised, strengthened and resubmitted.
  8. A payment timeline and deliverables will be agreed with the grant applicant and payment is contingent on providing the agreed deliverables.
  9. Funding is generally paid in installments. An initial payment of no more than 50% is made following the decision to provide a grant. This payment may be followed by an intermediate payment and then by a final payment when the project has been satisfactorily completed. A final payment may also be contingent on receiving receipts for expenses and final deliverables.

How to Apply:

  1. Send your application to admin (at)
  2. You are encouraged to use the grant application template.  However, applications in a document or email are acceptable as along as all the requested information is included.
  3. The preferred languages are English and Esperanto.
  4. Indicate if you are applying for an ISF or a general grant.
  5. Describe the project in brief narrative form and include the expected outcomes.
  6. Include how your project aligns with the priorities of ESF for a general grant or for an ISF grant, for which of the available ISF category you are applying. (For general grant applications, you are encouraged to check with ESF before submitting a complete grant application if you have questions about how well your project aligns with ESF priorities.)
  7. ESF is looking for the following in a proposal
    1. Proposal Summary (1-3 sentences)
    2. Project Description (including the proposed deliverables at the end of the project)
    3. Project Timeline
    4. Project Budget (and amount being requested)
    5. Contact details and a brief biography for each person who will be participating in the project
  8. Attach supporting material

ISF: Additional Information

  1. Grants to scholars and graduate students are generally made from the Interlinguistics Support Fund
  2. The selection committee favors proposals showing evidence of cost-sharing and grants from other organizations. Please include in the budget and/or the body of the proposal details of contributions from other sources, or expenses to be borne by the grantee.
  3. Proposals for travel or for conference participation should explain the purpose, importance, duration of the visit and if the application will present or take part in the conference in a specific role.
  4. Proposals for research support and fieldwork support should include plans for publication and dissemination of results.
  5. Proposals for website development should describe the purpose, extent, and likely impact of the project, and plans for longer-term maintenance of the site.
  6. Proposals for support for monographs and other publications should describe the work already completed and leading up to publication, and the audience and likely impact of publication. How will this publication compete with or complement other work?

General Grants – Additional Information:

  1. The selection committee favors proposals showing evidence of cost-sharing and grants from other organizations. Please include in the budget and/or the body of the proposal details of contributions from other sources, or expenses to be borne by the grantee.
  2. Successful grant applications will be those that best align with the priorities and focus areas of ESF. Clearly state in your proposal how your project furthers the priorities and goals of ESF.
  3. ESF welcomes innovative proposals and does occasionally fund proposals that are outside of our current priorities and focus areas.  You are encouraged to check with ESF before submitting a proposal that is outside our stated priorities.
  4. Funding “Esperanto” projects, no matter their merit, is not ESF’s mandate or priority.  However, ESF has and will fund projects that benefit the Esperanto community when they align well with the priorities of ESF.
  5. General grants give priority to projects in North America or that have relevance for a North American audience.