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Note: the information below is also downloadable in the files guidelines.doc and guidelines.pdf to the left.
Frequently asked questions about applying to the Jacobs Research Funds
To apply for a grant from the Jacobs Research Funds, complete the application form and return along with the supporting documents. All documents must be received by the deadline, February 15.
For any funding year, a researcher can be an applicant or co-applicant on at most one grant. Researchers may hold grants in consecutive years, but the final report must be filed and materials must be archived before subsequent funding can be received.
The Jacobs Research Funds (JRF) funds projects involving fieldwork with living peoples of North, Central and South America which result in publication or other dissemination of information about the fieldwork. Priority is given to research on endangered cultures and languages, and to research on the Pacific Northwest. Projects focusing on archival research have low priority, but we welcome proposals to digitize, transcribe and translate old materials that might otherwise be lost or become inaccessible. Relevance of the project to contemporary theoretical issues in anthropology and linguistics is also a criterion used in evaluating proposals.
Funded projects typically focus on linguistic analysis, social-cultural anthropology, ethnolinguistics, or sociolinguistics. Especially appropriate are field studies that address cultural expressive systems, such as music, language, dance, mythology, world view, folk taxonomy, art, intellectual life, and religion. Also appropriate are projects focusing on cultural and linguistic forms in modern contexts, for example, traditional environmental knowledge or social organization.
Projects in archeology, physical anthropology, applied anthropology, and applied linguistics (for example, grants exclusively for technological improvements, development of pedagogical materials, etc.) are not eligible for support. It is expected that both the subjects of research and society in general will ultimately benefit from the knowledge generated by the funded research. The Jacobs Research Funds therefore do not support proprietary research for the exclusive use of any entity, public or private (such as national, state, provincial, or local governments; public or private charities, churches or foundations; tribes or bands; or community groups).
Your application should include the information page (or pages) and the required supporting material. All material should be in 12 point font with one-inch margins. Compile your application into a single document and then submit as a Word or PDF file. Please submit as a PDF file if special fonts are used. Label your file as follows:
For Group Grants, the last name in the file name should be that of the Principal Investigator (PI). Send your application as a single e-mail attachment to firstname.lastname@example.org by February 15th.
If you are not able to submit the application electronically, please mail 7 copies of the application to the following address:
All materials must be received by February 15th.
There are three categories of Jacobs Research Funds grants.
2 pages maximum (Each researcher in a Group Grant should submit a C.V.)
Include information on:
3 pages maximum, including bibliography
Statement of problem: State your research problem clearly and precisely. Try to be as explicit but as jargon-free as possible. Situate your proposal in the context of other scholarly research. All references in the bibliography should be cited in the project description. If you propose to describe or record cultural behavior, indicate the focus of your interest. Explain the relationship of your project to other work.
Anthropology proposals should explain how the local language will be handled, if this is a consideration. For example, if the traditional language is still spoken, will you record or transcribe material in the local language? Who will translate into a meta-language? If you will not work in the traditional language, how will native terminology for items of interest be handled?
Linguistics proposals should give an assessment of the language situation, including estimated number of speakers, and overall state of documentation.
Results from prior support: If the proposed project represents a continuation or extension of a previously funded one, the application should include a section summarizing results of previous support (particularly if support was provided by the JRF).
Methods: Be specific about the methods and procedures you plan to use and how the information you collect will answer the questions your research poses. If you intend to use research assistants to help collect the data, indicate how you will select, train, and supervise them. If you intend to use a standardized instrument (questionnaire, etc.) please provide a copy. If you have not yet developed the instrument, describe your plans for its content.
Work plan: Give a projected time-line for data collection, analysis, and dissemination of results.
Permissions and consent: Indicate any arrangements for permissions from local communities.
Archiving: Explain your archiving plan. It is expected that applicants will archive copies of their field materials with the Suzzallo-Allen Library of the University of Washington at the conclusion of their project.
1 page maximum
In the budget summary, give a breakdown of amounts by category. Allowed expenses include consultant fees for Indian/First Nations experts, travel and lodging, supplies (e.g. recordable media), and archiving (copying, mailing). If you are estimating expenses in a currency other than US or Canadian dollars, please make this clear by using the appropriate currency code (for example MXN for Mexican pesos, BRL for Brazilian reais). Also quote the exchange rate, including the source and date checked (see for example xe.com).
Disallowed expenses include researcher salaries, food, conference travel, and capital expenditures such as computers and recording devices. However, reasonable amounts (up to $300) for microphones and other recording equipment will be considered with adequate justification.
In the budget justification, the items listed under the budget summary should be explained if further detail is needed beyond the note provided in the table of expenses. For example, provide the rate at which consultants are to be paid and the anticipated number of hours of fieldwork; means of travel, miles, and mileage rate; estimated lodging costs. If you are asking for mileage or kilometrage in the U.S. or Canada, please use the following rates: (U.S.) .25/mile, (Canada) .20/kilometer. Higher rates in the U.S. and Canada will be considered with adequate justification. Please propose a rate for other areas of the Americas.
If you are applying for a Kinkade Grant and would like to be considered for an Individual Grant should you not be awarded a Kinkade Grant, provide a budget summary for both grants and indicate in the budget justification how you would scale down the Kinkade Grant budget for an Individual Grant award.
In the section on other support, explain how other funding that you have requested or have already received for this project will be coordinated with the Jacobs grant.
Two letters of reference are required. For Kinkade Grants, one letter of reference should be from a recognized scholar in the field who is not at your home institution. Choose people to write letters of recommendation who are in a position to judge the significance of your project, know you and your work, and know the field situation in which you will operate. Give each referee a copy of your proposal well in advance of submission and, if possible, discuss your proposal with each. If your project has a sponsor, your sponsor must write one of the letters.
Letters of reference should be sent as e-mail attachments to email@example.com. If this is not possible, letters may be mailed directly to Jacobs Research Funds, Whatcom Museum, 121 Prospect Street, Bellingham, WA 98225. Deadline for receipt of letters is February 15th.