Esperanto in Universities:
Interlinguistics Support Fund

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The Interlinguistics Support Fund is headed by an international selection committee under the auspices of CED. In collaboration with the Esperantic Studies Foundation (ESF), this fund awards small grants (up to 2000 USD) to assist scholars and experienced students in conducting research in fields such as language planning, interlinguistics, transnational language policies, linguistic justice and planned languages (including Esperanto). The grants can support the purchase of (or access to) research materials, participation in conferences, travel to libraries and archives, support for fieldwork, website development and publication costs, among others. These grants are awarded through a competitive process.

Application criteria and guidelines

Grant applications aligned with the priorities and direction of CED have the greatest chances of success. However, CED welcomes original proposals and may at its own discretion fund proposals that fall outside its immediate areas of interest. Proposals should be written in Esperanto or English, although the research itself may be carried out in any language.

If applying for a grant to attend a conference or event, please state in the application form whether you will present a paper at the relevant conference. If requesting support for research and/or fieldwork, please specify your plans for publication and dissemination of the results. However, if the grant will be used for website development, explain the purpose of the website, its extent, the expected impact of the project and the plans for its long-term update and maintenance. If the grant will be used to support the publication of a monograph or other written work, explain how much of the work has already been completed, its target readership, what competing publications exist in the field and the intended impact of your publication.

The timeline for grant payments and deliverables will be agreed on with each successful applicant. Payments depend on the delivery of promised results and are usually spread over two or more stages, with the final portion of the grant paid on completion of the project (when this distribution of payments would pose problems for the research, a different arrangement can be discussed). Typically, the grant funds must be used within one year of the award.

Requirements for grant recipients

CED is committed to transparency and accessibility in its management of the Interlinguistics Support Fund. With this in mind, successful applicants are required to provide the following materials (in Esperanto, English, or possibly another agreed-on language), in addition to the deliverables of the funded project itself:

  • A picture and a description of you and your work for dissemination via CED’s website and social media profiles;
  • A short article for the blog ESF Connected, by our foundation partner ESF;
  • A description of the funded project for CED’s newsletter, Informilo por Interlingvistoj (IpI), and its English version Information for Interlinguists (IfI);
  • A final report with the results of the research, project or event, possibly including a mention of your future plans.

CED may also request other deliverables depending on the specifics of the funded project. Receiving a grant from CED implies acceptance of these conditions.

How to apply

The grant application form is available in English (page one) and Esperanto (page two). Applicants may choose which language to use for their proposal.  The assessment of applications will be based on the following information:

  • Short description of the proposed research, project or event (100-150 words);
  • Description of anticipated results and deliverables (e.g., talk, article, book, research report, website);
  • Budget;
  • Short biographies of the applicants, including their qualifications to participate in the project;
  • Explanation of the project’s alignment with CED’s priorities;
  • The names and contact information of three individuals who can provide references for the applicants.

The completed form with the above information should be sent to

At present, CED is open to applications at any time. It may be that in the future it will be necessary to establish a system of fixed deadlines. As far as possible, applicants will be informed of the results within a month of their application.

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