The nomination deadline for the DELAMAN Award is 01 October 2022.
The winner will be announced on 15 November 2022 and the award will be presented virtually at the 8th International Conference on Language Documentation & Conservation (ICLDC8) in March 2023.

Nomination Form

The DELAMAN Award recognizes and honours early-career documenters who have done outstanding documentary work in creating a rich multimedia documentary collection of a particular language that is endangered or no longer spoken.
“Early-career” is defined as
(a) university-based documenters with a PhD awarded 01 January 2017 or later
(b) non-university based documenters who have been employed by or affiliated with a language-community based project since no earlier than 01 January 2017

If an entire team of documenters is nominated, all nominees must meet this definition of “early-career.” Self-nomination is permitted and encouraged.

The award consists of a payment of $500 USD from DELAMAN, as well as an automatic slot for a 20-minute presentation at the 8th International Conference on Language Documentation & Conservation (ICLDC8) and a $500 USD honorarium (subject to US taxes) from the University of Hawai’i at Manoa upon completion of the presentation.

To be eligible, the language documentation collection must be archived and made accessible in a DELAMAN archive (with no or only minimal access restrictions), and it must provide rich audio and video documentation, keywords, comprehensive metadata, and explanatory material or guides, as well as transcription, translation and annotation of a subset of the AV collection.

Nominations should include the following:

  • Name and email address of the nominee (i.e., the collector);
  • Name and email address of the nominator (if different from the nominee);
  • Name of the DELAMAN archive where the collection is located;
  • Link to the collection (URL, DOI or other persistent identifier);
  • Language(s) documented in the collection (including ISO 639-3 codes);
  • A brief description (< 500 words) of the contents / coverage of the collection, including types of documentation; genres; size of collection (hours/minutes of audio video); amount (hours/minutes) and level of transcription, translation & annotation;
  • If the collection is part of a larger group project, clearly indicate which part of the collection was created by the nominee (< 250 words);
  • An explanation (< 500 words) of the significance of the collection, identifying what makes the collection an outstanding example of an archival endangered language collection;
  • CV of the nominee.

If awarded, the Awardee commits to writing a guide to the collection following Franjieh (2019), Caballero (2017), and Salffner (2015).

Previous award winners:

2017: Sonja Riesberg
2019: Michael Franjieh – Franjieh’s (2019) guide to his collection is available from
2021: Karolina Grzech – Grzech’s collection is available at ELAR: