Roger Thayer Stone Center For Latin American Studies

Tulane University

Special Faculty Grant Initiatives Spring 2021

COVID-19 has caused major setbacks to area studies programs across this country. Restrictions on travel, study abroad, field research, and international exchanges strike at the heart of our missions. The traditional cyclical durations that academic calendars generally provide us have disappeared as the challenge of recalibrating how we teach and communicate have accelerated. The current reality is that the demands of on-line teaching over the last months have often overwhelmed time to conduct research.

Consequently, the Stone Center will offer short-term funding for faculty activities that support and enhance teaching, research, academic exchanges, collaborations, and publications during a period in which travel, fieldwork, and many traditional forums of academic debate have been suspended. These are open to tenure-track and tenured faculty and professors of practice affiliated with the Stone Center of Latin American Studies.

Applications for these funds will be due on January 5, 2021. Additional funding opportunities for special projects, including course development grants, will be announced in February and due on April 5, 2021.

a. Research assistance to support:
  • Collaborations and arrangements with in-country researchers to assist with data gathering, transcription, photography, and the assembly of documentation.
  • Employment of graduate or undergraduate research assistants to aid faculty in course preparation, special projects, and research. In addition to traditional forms of support, these could include help with the mechanics of creating and delivering new and on-line course content (e.g. assistance in composing an online exam, creating lecture content, or “attending” class to manage discussion sections).

b. Financial assistance in planning and hosting workshops, working groups, and focused conversations about shared research agendas.

c. Support for invited, albeit virtual, lecturers for Latin American Studies content classes. Note: for international participants, grantees will be responsible for ascertaining the eligibility of invitees to receive payments from a U.S. institution.

d. Funding for special projects or resources that are a product of the need to advance one’s academic productivity because of the suspension of on-going projects are also encouraged. These might include convening potential partners to plan a future program of collaborative research.

e. Faculty may also request special funds for traditional lines of Stone Center support for activities that are now conducted virtually because of the suspension of travel. These include conference registrations, and special memberships and/or subscription fees to promote new publications.

HOW TO APPLY
Qualified faculty should submit applications for the special funding categories a, b, c, d here:
SCLAS Application for Special Faculty Funding for Spring 2021

Applications for traditional lines of Stone Center support, category e, should be submitted here:
SCLAS Funding to Replace Professional Travel for Spring 2021

ADDITIONAL INFORMATION
The range of potential applications does not lend itself to establishing detailed guidelines for each class of request, but we suggest that applicants consider carefully the scope of the work in relation to the funding requested. We project that we might not have the capacity to support grants over $5,000. If approved by a faculty committee, the Stone Center will transfer funds to either the faculty or departmental research accounts in home departments. Recipients will be responsible for presenting a report on the grant and its outcomes within one month of its conclusion.

The Stone Center urges faculty to give special consideration to requests for support that will provide new sources of financial support for graduate students, especially during the summer months (summer funding opportunities will be posted in February).

Note: The Office of Academic Affairs and the School of Liberal Arts and the Center for Scholars provide a number of regular and continuing sources of support for faculty research, seminars, lectures, and book subvention funds, and CELT provides Faculty Development Grants that provide “opportunities for faculty to attend pedagogy-specific workshops or conferences and/or to receive additional training that will improve or develop new teaching skills or methods.” This Stone Center initiative is not intended to duplicate or replace them, but to provide special support for initiatives that support faculty given the very special conditions generated by the COVID emergency.

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