The Endangered Languages Documentation Programme (ELDP) was founded in 2002 by the Arcadia Fund. The Arcadia Fund is a charitable fund of Lisbet Rausing and Peter Baldwin. Arcadia serves humanity by preserving endangered cultural heritage and ecosystems. Because knowledge should belong to all, we also promote open access, seeking to make information available without barriers of cost or distance.

Since 2002 ELDP has been dedicated to its mission to document and preserve endangered languages by funding documenters worldwide to conduct fieldwork and to archive their documentary collections and to make them freely available.

Every year, we provide between 30-40 grants for documentation projects around the globe. ELDP funds globally without any restrictions on documenter nationality or host institution. See our project list or the project map an overview of our funded documentation projects. We run training for our ELDP grantees annually and we train documenters through our in-country schools (customised trainings). Previous trainings took place in Ghana, Ethiopia, Cameroon, Russia, China, Mexico and Indonesia.

Through our training, funding and outreach work we have created a network of specialists around the world who continue to document endangered languages, educate new generations of scholars, conduct research on endangered languages and support us in our work. All pictures on our website are pictures taken during the fieldwork of our ELDP grantees and alumni.



Mandana Seyfeddinipur provides the vision and the strategic leadership for the programme supporting documentation world wide.

Jenny Martin

Grants Programme Manager

Jenny Martin provides administrative services for ELDP and manages all aspects of contracting, reporting and accounting.

Vera Ferreira

Depositing Manager

Vera Ferreira and manages all aspects of training and archiving support for our grantees and our global hubs.

Kelsey Neely

Training Officer

Kelsey Neely designs and creates training materials, runs our ELDP trainings and supports our training hubs globally.

Stephanie Petit

Depositing Officer

Stephanie Petit is a senior archive assistant and is responsible for advising depositors, curating and uploading collections. She is a graduate of SOAS University of London. Her main areas of interest are Arabic, Modern South Arabian languages, Translation Theory, and the politics and societies of the Middle East.

Bettina Lidzba

Grants Programme Officer

Bettina Lidzba provides administrative services such as HR, payments, and event management, as well as office management together with Jenny and Helene.

Helene Hartl-Hulm

Grants Programme Officer

Helene Hartl-Hulm is part of the administration team and takes care of office and event management. She supports the grantees with everything regarding administration together with Jenny and Bettina.