All of Latin America Faculty Grant Opportunities

Next Deadlines:
November 1, 2020 for performance period by May 31, 2021 (AY 20-21)
March 23, 2021 for performance period July 1, 2021-May 31, 2022 (AY 21-22)

Application Information

Collaborative Research

The Faculty Grants program provides funding to Harvard faculty in all disciplines, who are conducting research in collaboration with faculty from institutions in Latin America. Applicants must specify in writing the value of the collaboration, and its relevance to the mission of the David Rockefeller Center for Latin American Studies.  Priority is given to proposals that clearly build on and add value to the academic research program of Harvard faculty.  Letters from the collaborating schools or organizations describing the nature of the collaboration and the roles of the parties involved are also required.  Proposals requesting extensive research supplies or equipment are usually not approved.

A typical award in this category is $10,000-$20,000

Course-Based Field Trips

The Faculty Grants program provides support for faculty-led student travel to the region in connection with new and existing, for-credit course offerings. Field trips must offer substantive engagement consistent with the goals of the course, enhance student understanding of Latin American issues, and cannot infringe on regularly scheduled class time. Faculty members must accompany the students throughout the field experience.

The goal of the Faculty Grants Program is to support new initiatives.  In cases where support for more than one year is anticipated, this should be part of the initial application.  Applicants should realize that sources of funding other than DRCLAS will be required for continuation beyond 2 years.  In addition to the required application materials, the application package must include a detailed itinerary for the trip and the teaching objectives or link to the course.

A typical award in this category is $10,000-$20,000

Curriculum Development

The Faculty Grants program provides curriculum-development grants for qualifying Harvard faculty to develop new and/or enhance existing courses on Latin America and the Caribbean, the Iberian Peninsula, and Latinos. Grants may also be used to acquire course materials or to subsidize a portion of the cost of new source books. Applicants must submit documentation showing that the course for which support is sought has been offered in the past, approved, or likely to be approved by the department or unit in which it is to be offered.

A typical award in this category is $2,500

Individual Research

The Faculty Grants program provides support for Harvard Faculty in all disciplines conducting research on or in Latin America, during the academic year or the summer.  Funds may be used for:

  • Travel and acquisition of research materials including electronic databases

  • Organization of small research meetings and/or workshops

Proposals requesting extensive research supplies or equipment are usually not approved.

A typical award in this category is $5,000-$12,000

Language Study & Translation

The Faculty Grants program provides language study grants for faculty members who wish to acquire or improve their language skills in Spanish or Portuguese. The program also offers grants to be used toward the cost of translating publications written by Harvard faculty into Spanish or Portuguese, or for translating into English work originally written in either language. Funds may not, however, be used for copy editing or indexing expenses.

A typical award in this category is $2,000

Research Conferences

The Faculty Grants program provides support to Harvard faculty organizing research conferences.  The program requires that the topic of the conference be within the area of expertise of the faculty applying for funding. In addition, the applicant must be fully involved in the organization and development of the conference.  Conferences do not need to be held at the University but must demonstrate substantial participation of Harvard Faculty and students.  A list of proposed speakers and their topics should be provided.

A typical award in this category is $2,500-$10,000 with co-sponsorship required for larger amounts

Workshops, Working Groups, & Film Series

The Faculty Grants program provides support to Harvard faculty members who wish to organize new workshops, invite guest lecturers to their classes, or arrange new extra-curricular events such as lectures, seminars, film series, and the like. The proposal must demonstrate substantial benefit to Harvard Faculty and students.  This support cannot be used to fund an ongoing lecture, film, or seminar series.

A typical award amount is less than $5,000

Questions?

Contact Edwin Ortiz, Manager of Academic Services