Institute of Latin American Studies – ILAS Weekly Digest: December 3rd, 2018


The University of Texas Austin

Latin America Research & Curriculum Travel Grant
For Minority Serving Institutions (MSI) and Community Colleges

LLILAS Benson Latin American Studies and Collections at The University of Texas at Austin announces the availability of travel fellowships for faculty from community colleges and qualified minority-serving institutions (MSIs) across the U.S. to conduct research at the Nettie Lee Benson Latin American Collection, one of the premier libraries in the world focused on Latin America. In accordance with Title VI National Resource Center guidelines, this funding is limited to projects that focus on countries in Latin America, and does not include the United States and Puerto Rico.

In partnership with the Teresa Lozano Long Institute of Latin American Studies (LLILAS), the Benson Collection is a regular destination for visitors from throughout the world. Founded in 1926 and named, in 1975, to honor its director of three decades, the library excels in humanities and social sciences disciplines, in addition to an array of scientific and professional literature published in Latin America. The library’s holdings include nearly a million books, magazines, newspapers, journals, and other materials. This collection is complemented by a world-class archival collection containing manuscripts, art, maps, letters, and other one-of-a-kind materials. The collection is continually enriched by a vigorous acquisitions program and by a growing collection of original digital resources available online.

The travel fellowships are designed to deepen institutional linkages, further research interests, and enhance Latin American curricular content at participating institutions. Each fellowship will reimburse travel costs up to $3,000, which will cover up to two weeks’ stay in Austin, TX. Three fellowships are available for summer 2019; travel must take place before August 1, 2019. This program is generously funded by a grant from the US Department of Education Title VI National Resource Center Program.


  • PhD from an accredited institution preferred; MA or equivalent accepted for faculty of community colleges
  • Current faculty appointment at a community college or qualifying MSI*
  • Research and teaching interest in Latin America

* If you are at a qualifying MSI that does not appear on the list, please note this on your application.

Application Process
Applicants must submit the following:

  • A completed application form (PDF, 113K)
  • A letter of interest addressed to the LLILAS Benson Director of Public Programs, Javier Auyero, PhD, specifying the following:
    • Your topic of research
    • Your plan of activities and/or the materials that will be consulted
    • A description of how your research will enhance your curriculum and enrich classroom learning
    • The anticipated dates of your proposed visit in summer 2019
  • A current curriculum vitae (CV)

Applications are due on or before 5:00 PM CST on Tuesday, January 15, 2019. Please submit applications, in PDF format only, by e-mail to llilasbensonfellowships@austin.utexas.edu.

Selection Process
A review committee comprised of LLILAS faculty and Benson librarians will evaluate applications and select three applicants for summer 2019 awards. All applicants will be notified of the status of their applications by March 8, 2019, by e-mail.

Funding & Reports
  • Funding will be dispersed as a lump-sum award during the spring semester.
  • Funds may ONLY be used for travel, lodging, and meals.
  • Funds may not be used for the purchase of equipment or materials of any kind.
  • No later than 10 days after an awardee’s return travel, awardees are required to submit by e-mail to Graciela Gomez a 1–2 page research report in the form of a letter addressed to LLILAS Benson. Reports will be provided to the U.S. Department of Education for grant reporting purposes.

To view this call for submissions online please see the LLILAS webpage.


Lemann Visiting Public Policy Fellows Program 

Program Summary

The Columbia University Lemann Center for Brazilian Studies (LCBS) is seeking applicants for the recently established Lemann Visiting Public Policy Fellows program, a unique opportunity for scholars and practitioners interested in spending one or two semesters at Columbia engaging in public policy-related research, attending and contributing to public programming, interacting with faculty and students, and participating in courses. The Lemann Visiting Public Policy Fellows program is open to those with diverse disciplinary backgrounds related to public policy and social impact in Brazil. Applications are welcome from practitioners with hands-on experiences in public policy through work in government institutions or non-governmental organizations, as well as PhD-holding academics at various career stages.   We especially welcome applicants who bring innovative approaches to studying and/or addressing major social challenges, such as education, public health, socioeconomic inclusion, urban development, and sustainable development.


Program Benefits & Fellow Support

Lemann Visiting Public Policy Fellows are appointed as Associate Research Scholars. Among the benefits Fellows receive are included:

  • Opportunity to conduct research under the guidance of Columbia faculty
  • Opportunity to publicize the results of their research through on campus events
  • Receipt of a monthly salary from the LCBS, made possible through a generous gift from the Lemann Foundation.
  • Purchase of roundtrip ticket from the Fellow´s city of residence to New York.
  • Office space at the Institute of Latin American Studies (ILAS)


Application Procedures & Eligibility:

Applications consist of an online application form, a CV, and a Statement of Interest. The application deadline for the current call is Friday, February 1st, 2019[1], for consideration for the following options:

  • Academic year (September 2019 until June 2020)
  • Fall 2019 (August-December)
  • Spring 2020 Semester (January-May)

Academic applicants should have completed their PhD. For applicants with relevant applied experience, a PhD or Master´s degree is desirable, but those without postgraduate degrees are eligible if they possess a minimum of 5 years of relevant professional experience (e.g., in public administration and/or at a nongovernmental organization).


About the Lemann Foundation & the Lemann Fellowship Program

For more information about the Lemann Foundation’s broader Lemann Fellowship Programs please visit the Foundation´s website.


The Laura Bassi Scholarship, which will award a total of $10,000 twice per annum, was established by Editing Press in 2018 with the aim of providing editorial assistance to postgraduates and junior academics whose research focuses on neglected topics of study, broadly construed. The scholarships are open to every discipline and are awarded in December and April:
Winter 2018
Application deadline: 25 November 2018
Results: 15 December 2018
Spring 2019
Application deadline: 25 March 2019
Results: 15 April 2019
All currently enrolled master’s and doctoral candidates are eligible to
apply, as are academics in the first five years of their employment.
Applicants are required to submit a completed application form along with their CV to scholarships@editing.press by the relevant deadline. Further details and application form: https://editing.press/bassi.html


CAORC is pleased to announce the 2018-19 fellowship applications are now available online! More Info: https://www.caorc.org/fellowships

CAORC NEH Senior Research Fellowship 

The CAORC National Endowment for the Humanities Senior Research Fellowship Program supports advanced research in the humanities for U.S. postdoctoral scholars, and foreign national postdoctoral scholars who have been residents in the U.S. for three or more years. Fellowship stipends are $4,200 per month for a total of four consecutive months.


Applicants must:

  • carry out research in a country which hosts a participating American overseas research center. Eligible countries for 2019 are: Algeria, Armenia, Azerbaijan, Cambodia, Cyprus, Georgia, Indonesia, Mexico, Mongolia, Morocco, Nepal, Senegal, Sri Lanka or Tunisia;
  • be postdoctoral scholars;
  • be U.S. citizens or foreign nationals who have been residents in the U.S. for three or more years prior to the application deadline;
  • be able to carry out research for four consecutive months between the period of May 2019 and November 2020.


Applications for the NEH Senior Research Fellowship are now available in CAORC’s online grant portal: orcfellowships.fluidreview.com.

The deadline for submissions is January 24, 2019.

Announcements are expected to be made by the end of April 2019. More information can be found at caorc.org/fellowships.


CAORC Multi-Country Research Fellowship 

The CAORC Multi-Country Research Fellowship Program supports advanced regional or trans-regional research in the humanities, social sciences, or allied natural sciences for U.S. doctoral candidates and scholars who have already earned their PhD. Preference will be given to candidates examining comparative and/or cross-regional research. Scholars must carry out research in two or more countries outside the U.S., at least one of which hosts a participating American overseas research center. Approximately eight awards of up to $10,500 each will be given each year.


Applicants must:

  • be a U.S. citizen. Proof of citizenship (photocopy of passport) must be shown upon award notification;
  • have a PhD or be a doctoral candidate who has completed all PhD requirements with the exception of the dissertation;
  • be engaged in the study of and research in the humanities, social sciences, or allied natural sciences;
  • seek to conduct research of regional or trans-regional significance in two or more countries outside the U.S., one of which must host a participating American overseas research center. Please note that in accordance with U.S. Department of State travel warnings, travel is not currently possible to the following countries with overseas research centers: Afghanistan, Bangladesh, Iran, Iraq, Pakistan (senior scholars may be permitted to travel to Lahore and Islamabad subject to approval), and Yemen.


Applications for the Multi-Country Research Fellowship are now available in CAORC’s online grant portal: orcfellowships.fluidreview.com.

The deadline for submissions is January 24, 2019.

Announcements are expected to be made by the end of April 2019. More information can be found at caorc.org/fellowships.


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