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Faculty Research Awards (Domestic & International)

The Institute for the Study of the Americas offers a limited number of awards to defray the cost travel of UNC-CH Latin Americanist faculty who are conducting research in Latin America or need to consult libraries or archives in the United States as part of their research endeavors. Typically, domestic awards range from $300-500 and international awards range from $500-1200 each. Applications will be accepted while funding is available.


– Junior and Mid-Career faculty

– Faculty who have not recently received funds for these sources

– Requests that clearly demonstrate the need and relevance of the activity to the candidate’s field and/or curricular objectives


Funds may be requested to cover or partially cover travel expenses (e.g., air travel, ground transportation, per diem, and accommodations).

International Travel:

International travel funded by the U.S. Department of Education grant to ISA, may require prior approval by the USED and must comply with the Fly America Act. To facilitate this process, we will need date of departure, city and country of departure, date of arrival, city and country of arrival, air carrier(s) and flight numbers. We need detailed travel information about all legs of your trip (including connecting flights and cities) in order to request approval. If you are flying on an airline that has partnership arrangements with a foreign carrier, please make sure that your ticket is booked on the U.S. carrier and that the flight number listed is the U.S. carrier number.


A narrative report including project title, destination, and duration of field research activities conducted with travel award monies, amount of the award, and a brief narrative describing your research activities is required. The report is due 30 days after your return. If articles, books, films, or presentations result from this research we would appreciate a listing of these activities. We may contact you after your report is submitted for an update. ISA faculty research awardees may also be asked to present their findings at ISA sponsored events and conferences.


Accepting applications on a rolling basis while funds are available.

Acknowledgement of Support

Funding for these awards is provided by the Mellon Foundation and the U.S. Department of Education. Awardees are required to properly acknowledge support as indicated in the award letter.