Funding Opportunities for Associated Faculty
Summer Research Funding
These grants (up to $5,000) are designed to support research-related travel for work in, or work focusing on, Latin America and the Caribbean. Proposals for research to be undertaken in summer 2013 should be submitted to PLAS by Monday, April 1, 2013: they should include a concise research statement, a detailed budget, and an indication of any additional project support. Preference will be given to requests by tenure-track Assistant Professors. Grants are for summer travel: they can be used to cover transportation, accommodations, and other travel-related expenses. Funds cannot be used to hire research assistants. Grantees will be notified by Friday, May 3, 2013. The customary financial accounting will be due by Monday, September 30, 2013. The Program should be credited in any resulting publication(s).
Conference Travel Grants
The Program will reimburse associated faculty members for travel to one conference per academic year (July 1–June 30) to present on a Latin American topic. For 2012-13, the expenses are capped at $1,750 per conference. No prior application is necessary; reimbursement requests may be submitted at anytime during the academic year (these should include a completed, signed business travel expense report, original receipts, boarding passes, and a photocopy of the conference program).
PLAS entertains proposals to subsidize the translation of faculty publications into Spanish or Portuguese, and the translation of Spanish or Portuguese publications into English ($1,500 maximum per year, July 1–June 30). To apply, please send a brief request, including publication details, to firstname.lastname@example.org. PLAS should be credited in the resulting re-publication.
Guest Speakers in Courses & Course-Related Field Trips
PLAS entertains proposals from faculty who are teaching sponsored or cross-listed courses, to cover travel expenses and honoraria for in-class guest speakers (two per semester maximum per faculty member). These funds can also be used to cover field trips to exhibitions, plays, concerts, or similar cultural events in the New York-Philadelphia corridor. To apply, please send a brief description of the proposed activity, together with a budget, to email@example.com.
Lectures & Conferences
PLAS entertains individual or joint proposals to support public programming (e.g., seminars, workshops, conferences), including course-related public events. Proposals should include a brief statement of purpose (including a note explaining how the event relates to a course, if applicable), a list of invitees, a detailed budget, and a list of co-sponsors. Ideally, proposals should be submitted one semester in advance so that the event can be included in the PLAS calendar. Grantees are expected to handle travel and accommodation through their home departments; PLAS will assist in event publicity.
Reading or Working Groups, Faculty-Student Research Initiatives, & Interdisciplinary Faculty Collaboration
In order to foster joint work and to advance the Program’s core undergraduate mission, PLAS invites its faculty to propose collaborative scholarly projects that involve graduate and undergraduate students. Proposals should indicate project objectives—specifying its innovative character, listing participants, and outlining a working schedule. Course-related proposals are encouraged. A detailed budget should be included.
Grants for "Enhanced Courses"
PLAS will provide up to $10,000 to design new courses that include a travel component, a guest speaker series, or a conference. The funds can also be used for class trips or other similar activities. The goal is to create new courses that give undergraduate students a unique learning experience by allowing them to conduct supervised research in a Latin American country, or to interact with top scholars working in the field. The deadline for proposals for 2013-14 will be May 14, 2013.