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The Community Research Program

The purpose of the Community Research Program is to support indigenous communities in their efforts to save, document, and enliven their languages, cultures, and knowledge systems. Funding brings groups of community scholars from around the world to the Smithsonian to examine specific objects, specimens, and documents related to their heritage and to engage in a dialogue with Smithsonian staff in order to recover and revitalize their language and knowledge. Interdisciplinary projects are encouraged. Projects can have a budget of up to $10,000 in funding through Recovering Voices.

2018 Community Research Applications - Now Closed


The 2018 Community Research Program Call for Proposals is now closed. The next call for proposals will open in July 2018 for proposed visits to take place in 2019.

The 2018 Application Materials are available below. Please keep an eye on this space for the updated 2019 Application Materials that will become available soon.

2018 Application Materials
2018 Guidelines
2018 Cover page
2018 Budget Template

2018 Supplemental Documents
2018 Budget Supplement - Updated
2018 Collections Supplement
2018 Example Budget Justification

To learn about past supported projects, visit our Community Research page. You will also find information about recent projects on our blog.