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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 Fast Track

This program assists Latin American, Caribbean, and Iberian Studies faculty in organizing scholarly visits to our campus.

The idea is to permit core and affiliated faculty to apply directly to the LACIS director for funding to bring in a visitor to campus whom the faculty member would not be able to bring under the existing guidelines. If an opportunity suddenly arises to bring in a speaker of exceptional scholarly merit, a sponsoring faculty member will now be able to fund the visit via an expedited application and approval process. Qualifying visitors will be scholars whose work on Latin America, the Caribbean, and the Iberian nations is of great distinction. They would be invited for a brief visit, in most cases not to exceed two days. While on campus they must lecture in a course, participate in a graduate seminar, or offer a brown-bag seminar or public lecture (all events open to the public, of course). The application process is simple: a letter of nomination, accompanied by the visitor’s CV or academic biography.

The Director, whom the Nave Committee has authorized to make these decisions, will respond as quickly as possible. The Fast-Track Program is not intended to replace the two existing programs. The faculty is encouraged to continue submitting applications through the other two programs, particularly if the visit in question may be arranged with the normal amount of lead time (at least 30 days in advance of the visit).

In order to qualify for the Fast-Track Program, the visitor must be someone whose visit to the University of Wisconsin-Madison might not be realized if normal Nave procedures were followed.

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. The maximum grant is $800 which can be allocated towards an honorarium, travel, lodging, and food for a one day visit. In exceptional cases where an additional public event or class-related activity is planned, an additional $300 may be awarded to cover an honorarium and/or per diem for a second day. Because of 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. Please fill out the application here. 

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. The initiating department/program/individual is responsible for all arrangements, including:

  • Organizing the flight/travel schedule
  • Airport pickup and departure
  • Lodging and meals
  • All public presentations including reserving a room and a/v equipment
  • Scheduling meetings with faculty/graduate students
  • Distributing posters
  • And providing translators if necessary (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”. If you would like the event to appear in the LACIS online calendar, please submit your event to the UW campus-wide calendar and add “LACIS” as a tag. Any additional publicity including poster creation, distribution, etc. must be handled by the initiating department or program.

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.

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.

SEED Grants for Interdisciplinary Research in Latin American, Caribbean, and Iberian Studies

This competition will provide two $10 000 grants designed to facilitate interdisciplinary/transdisciplinary research in Latin American, Caribbean, and Iberian Studies by teams of UW-Madison scholars across the sciences, social sciences, and humanities.


1. The team should include UW-Madison scholars from at least two different departments, and at least one graduate student.

2. One of these scholars must have a PI status.

3. All the team members need to be formally affiliated with LACIS.

4. The research team should be proposing new research on Latin American, Caribbean, or Iberia beginning in the Summer or Fall 2021.

5. Priority will be given to projects focusing on issues of social significance that require more than one disciplinary perspective.

To apply, submit a single-spaced, two-page proposal, budget, and CVs of all the applicants to

The application deadline is Friday, April 23th, 2021.

Questions about this SEED grant program may be addressed to Kata Beilin, Director of LACIS (

Tinker-Nave Visiting Professorship

The Tinker-Nave Committee, chaired by Dean Guido Podestá, meets in the Fall semester to consider Tinker-Nave Visiting Professor nominations. Tinker-Nave 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-Nave 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-Nave 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-Nave 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-Nave Professor with $1,200 in flexible funds which will be distributed by the home department.

External Funding