Roger Thayer Stone Center For Latin American Studies

Tulane University

Grants & Funding

PROFESSIONAL TRAVEL

The Stone Center’s professional travel policy is intended to encourage long-range planning so that we can more effectively budget and distribute support. There are only two formal competitions in the Stone Center for travel funds for the 2017-2018 fiscal year (July 1, 2017, to June 30, 2018), as follows:

  • The first “summer travel” competition will be for funding to support professional travel scheduled to occur over the period of July 1, 2017 through Sep. 30, 2017. The application deadline for this summer travel competition is: March 31, 2017.
  • The second “academic year travel“ competition will be for funding to support professional travel from October 1, 2017, through June 30, 2018. The application deadline for this second competition is: September 15, 2017.

The Stone Center allocates 25% of the fiscal year budget supporting professional travel to the summer competition, and 75% of the budget is reserved for the second competition. Any unused funds from the allocated summer budget will roll over into the budget for the second competition. If funding proposals for the “summer travel“ competition exceed the allocated 25% of the budget, then any unfunded proposals from the “summer travel“ competition will be rolled over into the applicant pool for the subsequent second competition and may compete for funding post-facto. Applications for both competitions will be reviewed and decided upon by the Faculty Research Committee. If any funding remains after the second competition, these resources will be held in reserve for “special circumstance” applications submitted after the fall deadline and such applications will be considered by the Executive Director of the Center on a case-by-case basis for as long as any additional funding exists.

Please note also the following additional policies and procedures:

  • Faculty should seek all possible sources of support.
  • In order of priority, the Center supports: A. the presenting of invited or juried scholarly papers, B. chairing programs, and C. attending board or committee meetings at reunions of recognized professional associations. The Center does not support travel and per diems for search committee members, or for invitational or free-standing lectures at universities or similar organizations.
  • Awards may cover only one of three categories of expense: (1) a maximum of two-day per diem at the rate for the city you visit (set by the federal government); (2) one-half of the lowest round trip airfare between New Orleans and your destination; OR (3) Conference Registration. You should indicate which you prefer. The “per diem” category does not cover conference registration expenses. You can find current per diem rates here for domestic rates and here for foreign rates. The Center Committee on Faculty Research will make awards according to the merits of the proposal, the availability of funds, and the record of faculty service to the Center.
  • The Stone Center will fund no more than three travel requests per faculty over the course a one year period.
  • If a faculty member wishes to apply for multiple trips, he or she must indicate an order of priority.
  • Applications simply to attend a conference are not eligible for funding under this program.
  • If a faculty member is unable to make a proposed trip, the money may not be “banked” by the individual for subsequent travel; it reverts to the general fund.

With the implementation of CONCUR, faculty members receiving grants that require reimbursement must themselves (or via their departmental secretaries) complete the reimbursement request using the online CONCUR system. The following documents and receipts must be uploaded to a CONCUR reimbursement request:

  • If requesting ½ airfare cost, Plane ticket passenger receipt and boarding passes.
  • If requesting per diem, BOTH the plane ticket passenger receipt (or a copy of this receipt if another entity is covering airfare) AND a payment receipt from the hotel or lodging provider on which your name appears for at least 2 nights’ stay. For shared lodging in which the costs are divided among individuals, reimbursement covers only your portion of the lodging expense.
  • If requesting Conference Registration costs, a conference registration receipt showing payment and some other proof of conference attendance.

IMPORTANT NOTE ON PER DIEM AWARDS: Per diem rates are usually a combination of separate rates for lodging and meals/incidentals, with a fixed amount allocated for lodging and another for meals/incidentals. The lodging portion of per diem rates will only be reimbursed up to, but not exceeding, the actual costs of the lodging, or the per diem rate for lodging, whichever is lower. Please keep in mind that you will not be reimbursed the full per diem rate if the actual expense for your lodging is below the per diem rate for lodging. The per diem award is not a guaranteed fixed amount that can be used to cover expenses beyond two days. The allocation is restricted to eligible expenses for two days. For instance, if your two-day per diem award is for $400 ($200 per day), and your actual eligible per diem expenses are $100 per day, then you are only eligible to receive $200 of the $400 award, even if your travel extends over a 4 day period. You cannot apply the $200 difference to cover expenses for the 3rd and 4th days. Meals are reimbursable, alcoholic drinks are not. Please consult with us if you are driving, staying with a friend, or if there are any other special circumstances.

IMPORTANT NOTE ON 1/2 AIRFARE AWARDS: For budgetary reasons, a 1/2 airfare grant can never exceed that amount, even if the price of the airfare increases when plane tickets are booked. However, if the cost of the airfare decreases when air travel is booked such that 1/2 of the actual total airfare cost is less than the amount originally awarded, then the grant will be reduced to the actual cost of 1/2 of the airfare. In other words, the 1/2 airfare award is NOT a fixed amount. It is dependent upon the actual cost of airfare. It is a maximum award amount that may actually decrease if the actual cost of airfare is less than the originally proposed cost.

SUMMER FUNDING

Summer Research

The Stone Center provides a limited number of grants to core and affiliated faculty to conduct fieldwork, acquire materials, provide project assistance, and in very special cases, offer compensation for uninterrupted time for research and writing, during the summer months. Funding categories include:

  • Fieldwork – field research conducted in Latin America and the Caribbean;
  • Materials – the acquisition of unique, out-of-the-ordinary research materials essential to the project (books, maps, software, CD-ROMS, etc); and
  • Assistance – the service of in-country assistants, consultants, or external laboratories (translation, data collecting, illustration, photography, indexing, scanning) to help advance the faculty member’s research.

Note that faculty members who wish to apply for Assistance grants for which they require the service of in-country assistants or consultants should consult with the Assistant Director of Administration before beginning the approved project. Assistance grants are meant to support and advance the faculty member’s research program. They are not meant as opportunities for graduate student training or research. Graduate students affiliating with a faculty member project or research site in order to advance their own professional training or research interests should apply separately to the Stone Center’s Graduate Student Summer Field Research Grant program.

View an example of a previously funded summer program.

Please review the program guidelines before completing an application.

The deadline for applying is February 13, 2017.

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Upcoming Events

Summer Reading at the Pebbles Center Algiers

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Celebrate and learn about Latin America with your kids through the Stone Center’s Pebble Center at the Algiers Regional branch of the New Orleans Public Library for bilingual story time.

Our summer story hour will take place in June, July, and August on the second Tuesday of every month at 10:30 AM. All books are read in English and Spanish and readings are followed by an activity based on the book. Past books include Counting Ovejas, Drum Dream Girl, and Mango, Abuela, and Me. Readings are free and open to the public. Recommended ages 0 – 5 and parents!

Story Hour Dates/Themes

June 13
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July 11
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August 8
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Call for Papers: Association of Academic Programs in Latin America and the Caribbean 2018 Conference

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The Association for Academic Programs in Latin America and the Caribbean (AAPLAC) seeks session proposals for its 29th Annual Conference in New Orleans, Louisiana, February 21-24, 2018, hosted by the Stone Center for Latin American Studies at Tulane University.

This year’s theme, “Study Abroad: Meeting the Challenges of Cultural Engagement,” includes a variety of paper topics, including:

  • New Orleans after Katrina: The impact of the growing Hispanic population which came to help with rebuilding and has since stayed on
  • Interdisciplinary Institutional Content Assessment: How to best track what students are doing overseas and the benefits for our campuses
  • Global Partnerships through Peer Collaboration: How we can better work with institutions in Latin America and the Caribbean
  • Research Collaborations – U.S.-Latin America: Faculty led/student participation in on-site studies
  • Anglo-Hispanic Challenges: Cross-cultural understanding through experiential learning and study abroad
  • Strategic Partnerships: How we can enhance protocols between our schools in the US and those in Latin America and the Caribbean
  • Strengthening AAPLAC Relationships through Inter-Organization Mentoring: How we can enhance protocols amongst our schools in the US
  • Latina Empowerment: More women on study abroad programs: How we can take advantage of this bond between women of the North and the South
  • Rethinking Mobility: How is the student’s identity compromised/enhanced abroad?
  • Community-Based Partnerships: How students can learn as they engage with local communities in working type environments
  • Crossing Borders: The eternal quest for a global space as students interact with the other
  • Global Xenophobia on the Rise of Brexit/Trump? What is our role?
  • Cuba: Future U.S. Relations – Impact on Study Abroad

Please visit the Call For Papers web page to download the proposal template, timeline, and more information about the conference.

For questions, please contact Laura Wise Person at 862-8629 or lwise1_at_tulane.edu.