The 2021 Scholarship

The United Nations estimates that 40% of indigenous languages are in danger of disappearing. At, we’re passionate about keeping endangered languages alive, and we work with translation experts the world over to help do so.

​The 2021 essay topic

Write an essay between 500 and 750 words based on the following prompt:

Select an endangered language. Tell us a little bit about it, and explain why you believe preserving this language is important.


Protip: Having trouble coming up with a favorite endangered language? Here’s a list.

​The award

We award one $500 scholarship each year.


This scholarship is open to students anywhere in the world. To be eligible for the scholarship, you must…

  • be in your final year of high school (or equivalent) or be in any year of your undergraduate education

  • provide permission to publish your essay on and possible other locations

  • apply by noon (US Eastern time) on June 1, 2021