Ritual celebration in Borneo, photo taken on behalf of the Firebird Foundation, Phillips, Maine.Ritual celebration in Borneo, photo taken on behalf of the Firebird Foundation, Phillips, Maine.

Research Grants

The unique oral literatures of indigenous peoples are rapidly being lost through the death of the traditional practitioners and through the schooling of the next generation. The Program for Oral Literature of the Firebird Foundation has initiated a project to fund the collection of this body of rapidly disappearing literature.


This literature may consist of ritual texts, curative chants, epic poems, musical genres, folk tales, songs, myths, legends, historical accounts, life history narratives, word games, and so on.


Research Grants are available to anthropologists and linguists going into the field to support a collection of oral literature.


The Firebird Research Grants will provide funds of up to $10,000 to applicants for purchasing recording equipment and covering the expenses of collecting this material. Applicants are encouraged, where possible, to foster the development of local teams of collectors to continue the work of recording these materials. Transcriptions of the recordings are encouraged.


Application guidelines are available below. Copies of the recordings, transcriptions, and other documents are to be deposited and archived with the Firebird Foundation’s Program for Oral Literature along with a final report including a list of expenses incurred.


Applications should be sent to: Firebird Foundation for Anthropological Research at the following email address firebird@firebirdfoundation.org.





Research Grants Announcement Application Guidelines Available Here