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 2018-2019 fiscal year (July 1, 2018, to June 30, 2019), as follows:

  • The first “summer travel” competition will be for funding to support professional travel scheduled to occur over the period of July 1, 2019 through Sep. 30, 2019. The application deadline for this summer travel competition is: March 31, 2019.
  • The second “academic year travel” competition will be for funding to support professional travel from October 1, 2019, through June 30, 2020. The application deadline for this second competition is: September 15, 2019.

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 1/2 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, 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 24, 2020.

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Latin American Writers Series: Alberto Barrera Tyszka

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Ecuadorian writer and Tulane Visiting Scholar Gabriela Alemán interviews Venezuelan writer Alberto Barrera Tyszka about his life, interests, and influences. Their discussion will be followed by an open Q&A and an informal reception. This event will be held in Spanish.

About the Latin American Writers Series

This series brings together Latin America’s most representative creative voices and the editorial entrepreneurs that publish them. By way of interviews conducted by renowned Ecuadorian writer Gabriela Alemán and presentations of various editorial missions, the guests will shed light on a literary world shaped by the contemporary issues of the continent. Moving forward, their conversations will comprise the centerpiece of a digital archive that introduces their ideas to a global audience.

Este serie reúne a los autores más representativos de la escritura continental y los editores que los publican. A través de entrevistas con la reconocida escritora ecuatoriana Gabriela Alemán y presentaciones de proyectos editoriales, los invitados explorarán los vínculos entre el mundo literario y la realidad continental. Sus conversaciones se convertirán después en el eje de un archivo digital que busca llevar estas ideas a un público global.

About the Author

Born in Caracas, Alberto Barrera Tyszka has published over a dozen works of poetry, short story, chronicle, novel, and biography. His most recent publications include the novels Patria o Muerte (2015) and Rating (2011), the poetic anthology La inquietud (2013), the collection of chronicles Un país a la semana (2013), and the short story collection Crímenes (2009). In 2005, he collaborated with Cristina Marcano to write the definitive biography of Hugo Chávez, Hugo Chávez sin uniforme: una historia personal (2005). Patria o muerte won the 2015 Premio Tusquets de Novela, and his novel La enfermedad, translated into English as The Sickness (2010), received the 2006 Herralde Award. Barrera also writes for television and has scripted soap operas for Venezuelan, Mexican, Colombian, and Argentinian networks.

Pan-American Life in New Orleans: Exhibition Opening and Reception

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Pan-American Life Insurance Group and The Latin American Library at Tulane University cordially invite you to an exhibit opening and reception to unveil the Pan-American Life Insurance Group (PALIG) Collection. The PALIG Collection, generously donated to The Latin American Library, documents the company’s 109 years connecting New Orleans with Latin America. The exhibit will feature photographs, manuscripts, and other materials from the PALIG archives as well as other holdings from the LAL that shed light on the long history of commercial and cultural ties between New Orleans and Latin America.

See the LAL Facebook page for more details and updates: https://www.facebook.com/events/454592075187553/

Bate papo!: Portuguese Conversation Hour

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A weekly hour of Portuguese conversation and tasty treats hosted by Prof. Megwen Loveless. All levels are welcome!

The theme for this semester will be Passion Fruit. So bring your sweet tooth to try this week’s homemade delicacy: Bala de maracujá.

Latin American Writers Series Fall 2019 Book Display

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The Latin American Library has put together a display of books written by authors participating in the Fall 2019 Latin American Writers Series: Luis Negrón, Power Paola, Alberto Barrera Tyszka, and Gabriela Weiner. All books on display are available for check out. When you visit, be sure to grab a free bookmark commemorating the series!

CANCELLED: Café con Alberto Barrera

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The Stone Center invites you to Café con Alberto Barrera. This intimate meet and greet will be an opportunity to connect with Barrera, an influential writer and thinker from Venezuela. In addition to his creative work as a poet and novelist, he has co-authored, with journalist Cristina Marcano, Hugo Chávez sin uniforme: una historia personal, the first biography written on this controversial figure. He has also penned Alta Traición and Un país a la semana, two texts that chronicle the tumultuous political landscape in the Venezuela of recent years. Barrera will be answering questions about his non-fiction work during this casual conversation with faculty and students.

Lunch with LAGO featuring a conversation with three recent PhD graduates

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Join the Latin Americanist Graduate Organization (LAGO) on Friday, 11/22 at 12pm for the latest installment of their bi-weekly lunch series. Three recent PhD graduates will be discussing their professional/academic trajectories:

Stefanie Israel de Souza, CIPR Post-doctoral Fellow (https://stonecenter.tulane.edu/articles/detail/2931/Stefanie-Israel-de-Souza)

Hannah Palmer, Program Manager for Academic Programs at the Stone Center (https://stonecenter.tulane.edu/articles/detail/2922/Hannah-Palmer)

Rachel Stein, Research and Instruction Librarian at the Latin American Library (https://stonecenter.tulane.edu/articles/detail/2760/Rachel-Stein-)

The Labyrinth will be serving mini paninis, savory spreads and dips, desserts (including tres leches cake) and fresh juices. Please come hungry!