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Helen Firstbrook Franklin Scholarship Program

The Helen Firstbrook Franklin Scholarship Program (HFFS) enables top entering graduate students with Latin American, Caribbean, or Iberian commitments to focus on their studies during their first academic year at the University of Wisconsin. “Latin American, Caribbean, or Iberian commitments” are understood to mean (1) a primary commitment to area studies as such, or (2) a substantial research component or comparativist component within a curriculum that has professional goals outside area studies.

Applications are by departmental nomination and should include:

  1. A departmental letter of nomination signed by the Chair;
  2. Two outside letters of recommendation (can be from the student’s graduate school application);
  3. Student’s updated c.v. (can be from the student’s graduate school application);
  4. A statement of purpose (can be from the student’s graduate school application).

Completed applications are due the second Friday of February each year. Please complete the application HERE.

Applications will be considered by the LACIS Fellowships and Scholarships Committee. A decision should be announced by mid-March.

Applicants selected to receive the Helen Firstbrook Franklin Scholarship have until April 15th to notify LACIS of their intent to accept or decline the award.

Meet our 2019-2020 Helen Firstbrook Franklin Scholarship Recipient, Anika Rice!

Nave Visiting Scholar and Artist Grant Program

The Nave Visiting Scholars and Artists Program is designed to bring distinguished scholars, artists, public figures, or activists specializing in Latin America, the Caribbean, Spain, or Portugal to the UW-Madison campus for short visits. Each visitor is expected to deliver one formal public lecture or performance. Applications may be initiated by faculty, staff, or student organizations. Awarded funds can be allocated towards an honorarium, travel, lodging, and food for a one-day visit. Because of the heavy demand for Nave Visiting Scholar and Artist funds, applications with another source of funding will receive preference. Funding decisions are made by the Nave Visiting Scholars and Artists Committee.

Responsibilities of Initiating Department

In considering whether to invite a speaker to Madison on the Nave Visiting Scholars and Artists Program, please remember that it is necessary to facilitate the visitor’s stay as much as possible. Our financial specialist team can assist with some of the travel arrangements, if applicable. However, the initiator of this application should plan to facilitate all of the technology related to a virtual presentation.

Thus, if the application includes a request for funding to cover flights and a hotel, the IRIS TEMS coordinator (Travel and Management Software), can assist the Visiting Scholar with these arrangements. However, the individual who has applied for the funds is responsible for the following:

  • Airport pickup and departure
  • All public presentations including reserving a room and a/v equipment
  • Scheduling meetings with faculty/graduate students
  • Distributing posters and any other publicity material
  • Sending a copy of the aforementioned flyers to
  • Ideally, the public activities will be submitted to the UW Event Calendar. When doing so, please add LACIS as a tag.
  • If a Facebook event is created, please invite LACIS as a co-host.
  • And, if necessary, providing translators (the Visiting Scholar and Artist fund does not cover the costs of translation).

The Latin American, Caribbean, and Iberian Studies Program will include public events by Nave Visiting Scholar/Artists in its weekly announcement via the “Noticias de la Semana”.

Publicity must acknowledge support from the Latin American, Caribbean, and Iberian Studies Program and the Nave Fund. Please refer to the presenter as “Nave Visiting Scholar XX”.

Within one week of the visit, the initiating faculty should submit a follow-up evaluation of the event.

After your event has taken place, please complete THIS online follow-up evaluation. We submit your comments and results to the Nave Foundation. 

Disbursement of Funds

LACIS will distribute the funds in a lump sum to the account of your choosing OR pay the Nave Visiting Scholar his/her honorarium directly. If flights and hotel are part of the approved grant application, LACIS can cover these expenses directly through the TEMS system.


Nave Visiting Scholar and Artist Application

  • Please note that we will utilize the presenter's email address in order to send him/her a survey through our Travel and Management Software System (TEMS). Through this portal, he/she can securely send confidential information needed to process his/her honorarium payment.
  • If unknown when submitting application please just enter "TBA".
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  • Please include name and phone numbers
  • Please give specific information, including leacture titles, dates and room locations if available.
    At times, we will videotape presentations. These videos will be uploaded to the LACIS YouTube Channel and may appear on local access cable programming.
  • Be sure to identify the course, and to indicate whether the speaker will visit or establish contacts in any way.
  • If so, describe the events, date, attendance and public or intellectual impact.
  • Outreach and Organizing Plans:

  • Budget Sharing

  • Due to the high volume of requests for NAVE Visiting Scholar funds, preference is given to applicants who have applied for or received funding from other sources. Please provide detailed, categorized (honorarium, travel, lodging, etc.) information about all additional sources of funding. In the event that complementary funds have not been sought, please explain why.
  • Budget for Funds Sought:

    Because of heavy demand for Nave Visiting Scholar and Artist funds, applications with another source of funding will receive preference.
  • For more information about current State reimbursement rates, please visit:
  • Documents

  • Accepted file types: pdf, doc, docx, Max. file size: 2 MB.
    If time permits, please submit a short (1-2 paragraph) abstract summarizing this visit. Files must be less than 2 MB. Allowed file types: pdf doc docx.
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    Accepted file types: gif, jpg, png, pdf, doc, docs, ppt, pptx, xls, xlsx, movmp3, wav, Max. file size: 2 MB.
      Please attach any additional support documents you wish here. Files must be less than 2 MB. Allowed file types: gif jpg png pdf doc docx ppt pptx xls xlsx mov mp3 wav.

    Follow up Evaluation: Nave Visiting Scholar and Artist Grant Program

    If you applied for, and received funding through our Nave Visiting Scholar Program, please complete this evaluation/feedback form within two weeks of the event. Thank you in advance!


    Other Faculty Grants

    • Special Symposia, Conferences 

    These are major, one-time events related to research in or about Latin America, the Caribbean, Spain or Portugal, whose initiators may apply to the Nave Committee, as well as other relevant university bequest committees, for financial support. The typical conference/workshop grant ranges from $1000 to $3000. The committee strongly encourages applicants to seek additional funding from other sources in order to strengthen their request. Click here for guidelines.

    • Nave Faculty Publication Supplement

    The Nave Faculty Publication Supplement is designed to provide a modest subvention for completed manuscripts by faculty working in Latin America, the Caribbean, Spain, or Portugal. Click here for guidelines.

    • Grants for Travel to Professional Meetings These grants are intended to promote faculty participation in professional meetings and to advance professional exchange and the dissemination of Latin American, Caribbean, and Iberian Studies research. You may find the LACIS Faculty Travel Grant Application here.

    Tinker Visiting Professorship

    The Tinker-Nave Committee, chaired by Dean Frances Vavrus, meets in the Fall semester to consider Tinker Visiting Professor nominations. Tinker professors are highly distinguished scholars who are citizens of Latin America, the Spanish-speaking Caribbean, Spain, Portugal, or Canada. Should a candidate be a Canadian, he or she must specialize in Latin America or the Caribbean. Distinguished public officials, artists, and musicians are also eligible.

    The Tinker-Nave Committee, which meets in November, considers the applications, which are then presented to the Tinker-Nave Foundation for approval. Tinker professors are required to teach or co-teach one course during the semester of residence and to present a public lecture. The program is an excellent means to relieve curriculum gaps, complement departmental strengths, and establish informal collaborations among faculty and students. The stipend level is $40,000 per semester plus fringe benefits.

    For a department, school, or academic unit to nominate a Tinker Professorship candidate it must submit the following:

    • A nomination letter explaining the candidate’s qualifications, the proposed course to be taught or co-taught, and the benefit of the visit to the University and to LACIS faculty and students;
    • Evidence of departmental approval;
    • A detailed curriculum vitae for the candidate;
    • A statement from the proposed professor describing her/his research interests and teaching style; and,
    • Letters of support from both inside and outside the host department.

    To facilitate the planning of the Tinker Professorship, it is highly recommended that departments plan ahead with sufficient time. Sponsoring faculty should contact LACIS Director, Kata Beilin, or Associate Director, Alberto Vargas, advising them of their intentions to submit a nomination.

    Those wishing to host a visitor for a period shorter than a semester should discuss the idea with LACIS staff, for it may be possible to do so within applicable University regulations.

    LACIS encourages submissions in October for the following academic year (i.e., 12 months or 18 months in advance).

    Send nomination materials electronically in a single PDF or Word file plus one hard copy to the LACIS office no later than the last Friday in October for consideration by the Tinker-Nave Committee. If you need further information, please do not hesitate to call the office at 608-262-2811.

    * Please note that it is the responsibility of the nominating department to payroll the approved Tinker Professor, start procedures for visa processing, provide office space, and assist in finding housing for the professor. LACIS will pay for the airfare and provide the Tinker Professor with $1,200 in flexible funds which will be distributed by the home department.

    External Funding