Funding Opportunities for Columbia Faculty


With support from the US Department of Education Title VI program, the Institute of Latin American Studies awards grants to full time faculty every year for research and other academic activities. Click here to download application and guidelines.

The Institute of Latin American Studies is pleased to announce its annual faculty grants competition for academic year 2019-2020 (July 1, 2019 through June 1, 2020). Permanent full-time members of the Columbia teaching or research faculty may apply to any of the following grants: (1) INDIVIDUAL FACULTY RESEARCH AND TRAVEL GRANTS: Small research grants can be used at any time during the year for data-gathering, books and materials, or other expenses which will facilitate faculty research on Latin America and the Caribbean. These funds cannot be used for purchasing equipment, such as computers. Awards will be made for faculty travel to any country of Latin America and the Caribbean (or elsewhere when relevant to research on Latin America) to carry out research. Maximum award is $ 3,000 (2) INDIVIDUAL AND JOINT FACULTY CURRICULUM INNOVATION GRANTS: Small grants to facilitate the preparation of a new course or the addition of significant Latin America content (e.g., case studies, documents) to courses already offered. Funds may be used for travel to collect data or other materials, for the acquisition or copying of materials, or other relevant expenses. Maximum award is $2,000 (3) FACULTY RESEARCH CONFERENCES AND WORKSHOPS: Grants will be made for conferences which promise a broad scholarly impact. Faculty may apply for funding to cover such customary conference costs as honoraria and travel costs for outside speakers, room rentals, and brochures and conference materials. Priority in the awarding of conference funds will be accorded to conferences which promise to result in significant publications. Grants for workshops are generally smaller, intended to encourage scholars working on a significant issue to exchange ideas, often at a preliminary stage of their research. Cost sharing and co-sponsorship is encouraged. Maximum conference grant is $5,000; maximum workshop grant is $3,000 (4) FACULTY WORKING GROUPS: Faculty working groups that will draw together faculty from various disciplines in order to explore topics and themes of importance to Latin America. Grants may cover the cost of speakers, materials, and meeting costs. Priority will be given to faculty working group proposals which involve collaboration with colleagues from New York University, our NRC consortium partner. Funding is sufficient to support faculty working groups up to a maximum of $5,000 per group.