Research and Grants

Annual Grant Competition

Call for Proposals: Annual Scholar Grant Competition

Call for Proposals - Annual Scholar Grant Competition


THE INSTITUTE FOR THE STUDY OF LATIN AMERICA AND THE CARIBBEAN (ISLAC) encourages and facilitates interdisciplinary research, teaching, and dissemination of knowledge to improve the understanding of Latin America, the Caribbean and Latino/a/x histories, cultures, and issues in the US. To fulfill this goal, ISLAC is sponsoring the Annual Scholar Grant for the academic year 2022/2023.

The grant will enable ISLAC Affiliated Scholars (faculty, instructors, postdoctoral fellows) to conduct research on issues pertaining Latin American and/or the Caribbean region or Latinx in the United States. The research grant is set to cover the cost of hiring students, travel to conduct fieldwork, expenses related to research (bibliography, copying, transportation, software etc.). Certain activities such as travel to professional meetings, secretarial costs, and salary support for the principal investigator are excluded from funding. 


This grant is available to ISLAC Affiliated Scholars. The proposal must include a PI and a Co-PI is desirable but not mandatory. The PI is an ISLAC Affiliated Faculty (professor or instructors) and Co-PI may be an ISLAC Faculty, a post-doctoral fellow or an advance graduate student, ideally from different departments.

The grant encourages leading ISLAC Affiliate Scholars to hire USF students (undergraduate or graduate) which could be during the summer to support research activities. The Annual Scholar Grants are awarded annually through a peer-review process. Grants may not exceed $5,000 and are not renewable


Application Deadline

Applications will be accepted from February 10th, 2022, until March 31st, 2022.

Results Notice

ISLAC will announce the winners no later than April 15th, 2022. Two proposals will be funded. 

Application Procedure

The following required materials should be email to Dr. Beatriz Padilla ( and Andrea Cetré ( in one single document:

1. Proposal of Research/Scholarly Activity (not to exceed five [5] pages)

  • Summary / Abstract (up to 200 words)

  • Project’s Background, main topic, argument and research questions (900 words);

  • The relationship of the argument to the existing literature (250 words);

  • Research method and plan (350 words);

  • A brief explanation on how the research contributes to the study of Latin America, the Caribbean, and/or Latinx populations in the US (250 words);

  • References (up to 15);

  • Dissemination plan to reach academic and community audiences (250 words);

  • Brief statement of qualifications for undertaking the proposed research (200 words);

  • Proposed Budget, expenses not to exceed $5000

2. Bio-sketch/CV(s) of PI and Co-PI (must be ISLAC Affiliated Scholars)

3. Short bio of other collaborators (faculty, student, community members)

Applications should be submitted as a single pdf file and can be written in English, Spanish and/or Portuguese.

Click here to download the template 

Grant Period and Reports

Funds must be spent during the first calendar year (12 months) of receiving the award. A three- to five-page single-spaced report of the research including activities must be sent to ISLAC one month after the research period has concluded.

Dissemination requirements

Awardees will be asked to plan an ISLAC sponsored event that is open to the public that highlights research findings and/or scholarly activity and the contributions to the local USF communities.

Award Recognition

All publications resulting from this grant must include the following acknowledgment: "This research was supported, in part, by the University of South Florida & The Institute for the study of Latin America and the Caribbean under the Annual Scholar Grant 2022/2023.”