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LLILAS Resources for UT Latin Americanist Faculty

LLILAS has resources available for conferences, lectures, visiting professorships, and faculty research. Guidelines to these resources and the corresponding allocation process are detailed below.

To confirm your eligibility for the following resources, please verify your current affiliation status by visiting LLILAS Associates and LLILAS Affiliates, or by contacting Paloma Diaz, Scholarly Programs Director.

For information about LLILAS-affiliated faculty ranks, visit Join Us as a LLILAS Associate or LLILAS Affiliate.


Faculty Support

Faculty Travel Funds

Funding limits are $400 for domestic travel and $800 for foreign travel. Funds can be used for lodging, transportation (airfare, ground transportation, taxis), meals, or conference registration fees. The request should include a description of the conference/event, its relevance to Latin American studies, and the faculty member's role in the activity.

Eligibility: LLILAS Associates and Affiliates
Deadline: First-come, first-served basis until funds are exhausted. Requests should be submitted at least one month in advance of the expected departure date.
Contact: Paloma Diaz, Scholarly Programs Director

LLILAS Faculty Research Leave

The purpose of the Faculty Research Leave (FRL) is to provide LLILAS faculty with the opportunity to engage in productive and creative intellectual projects, otherwise impossible to achieve during the course of the academic year. An FRL proposal may encompass scholarly research, artistic and/or literary projects, exploratory or innovative efforts meant to expand the frontiers of knowledge in a given area, faculty desire to start up work in a new direction, as well as requests to bring a project to completion.

Eligibility: LLILAS Associates
Deadline: The call for applications for the following academic year is sent out to LLILAS Associate faculty on the first Friday of October, with a deadline of the first Friday of November. Applications are reviewed by a faculty committee appointed by the director.
Contact: Paloma Diaz, Scholarly Programs Director

Mellon Research Awards

The call for applications is sent out to the LLILAS Associates on the first Friday of October, with a deadline of the first Friday of November. Research funding may be used at any time between May 15 and August 31 of that academic year. Applications are reviewed by a faculty committee appointed by the director.

Eligibility: LLILAS Associates
Deadline: First Friday of November
Contact: Paloma Diaz, Scholarly Programs Director

LLILAS Manuscript Workshop for Tenure-Track Faculty

This initiative allows tenure-track faculty to receive feedback on a completed book manuscript. The selected author will invite one outside “critic” to provide feedback, suggestions, and constructive criticism during a half-day workshop.

Eligibility: Tenure-track LLILAS Associates and Affiliates
Deadline: A call is circulated in late spring with applications due the first week of June.
Contact: Paloma Diaz, Scholarly Programs Director


Visiting Academics

Tinker Visiting Professor

The University of Texas at Austin is one of five major universities (with Chicago, Columbia, Stanford, and Wisconsin) to have a professorship endowed by the Edward Larocque Tinker Foundation. The successful applicant will teach one course originating at LLILAS that can be cross-listed with other departments.  Preference will be given to scholars who are research collaborators of existing LLILAS faculty and whose stay here would further a combined research project.

Eligibility: LLILAS Associates and Affiliates may nominate a Latin Americanist scholar for a one-semester appointment or a full academic year.
Deadline: The call for nominations and application are sent to LLILAS faculty on the first Friday of October, with a deadline of December 1. Applications are reviewed by a faculty committee appointed by the director.
Contact: Heather Gatlin, Chief of Staff

Joe R. and Teresa Lozano Long Annual Visiting Professorship

This professorship supports visiting scholars from a Latin American country to teach at UT for one semester.

Eligibility: LLILAS Associates and Affiliates may nominate a Latin Americanist scholar for a one-semester appointment or a full academic year.
Deadline: The call for nominations and application are sent to LLILAS faculty on the first Friday of October, with a deadline of December 1. Applications are reviewed by a faculty committee appointed by the director.
Contact: Heather Gatlin, Chief of Staff

Visiting Resource Professors

Visiting Resource Professors are invited by UT Latin Americanist faculty members to lecture for one to two weeks in either undergraduate or graduate classes. To learn more about the program, visit Visiting Resource Professors.

Eligibility: LLILAS Associates and Affiliates may nominate a Latin Americanist scholar.
Deadline: The call for nominations for the upcoming academic year is sent to LLILAS faculty on the first Friday of October, with a deadline of the first Friday in November. Applications are reviewed by a faculty committee appointed by the director.
Contact: Perla Miranda, Assistant to the Director


Public Events

Conferences and Lectures

LLILAS faculty can request funding support for lectures and conferences. A description of the lecture and a note on other sources of funding should accompany the request. The conference/event should have substantial Latin American and/or Caribbean content, and LLILAS-affiliated faculty should be involved in organizing the conference/event. Funding limits are $500 for lectures, while conference funding will vary. Requests should be submitted at least a month in advance, and LLILAS co-sponsorship must be acknowledged in official conference posters, programs, etc. LLILAS does not take logistical responsibility for the organization of the event.

Eligibility: LLILAS Associates and Affiliates
Deadline: First-come, first-served basis
Contact: Paloma Diaz, Scholarly Programs Director

Lozano Long Conference

This is the principal conference that LLILAS organizes each year. Preference is given to:

  • Multidisciplinary proposals
  • Proposals endorsed by additional UT faculty members who work on related issues and who could potentially participate in the conference
  • Proposals that speak to the three topical priorities of LLILAS

As the sponsor and organizer of the conference, LLILAS is involved from the initial planning stages in the key programmatic, financial, and logistical decisions of the event, including: the selection of the keynote speaker, budget allocations, and publicity and general logistics. LLILAS works with the faculty committee from the beginning to make sure that the conference contributes to the overall mission of the institute. 

Eligibility: LLILAS Associates and Affiliates
Deadline: The call for proposals is sent mid-spring for the following year's conference.
Contact: Paloma Diaz, Scholarly Programs Director

The Austin Lecture in Contemporary Mexico

LLILAS faculty can nominate a prominent Mexican intellectual to lecture on a topic of his or her choosing related to current issues in Mexico. Previous speakers include Professor Sergio Aguayo (COLMEX), and Marcela Lagarde (UNAM). Nominations should include a brief description of the intellectual’s current affiliation, publications, research interests, and possible lecture topic.

Eligibility: LLILAS Associates and Affiliates
Deadline: The call for nominations is sent in the fall. Nominations are reviewed by an ad hoc committee formed by LLILAS directors and Mexicanist faculty.
Contact: Paloma Diaz, Scholarly Programs Director

Mexican Center Scholarly Programs

The Mexican Center hosts a competition for two to three major intellectual program activities on topics focused on Mexico or which contain a substantial Mexico-related component. LLILAS faculty members across all disciplines can send proposals for conferences, workshops, lectures, and collaborations with visiting scholars. Proposals and program priorities are reviewed by the Mexican Center Faculty Committee.

Eligibility: LLILAS Associates and Affiliates
Deadline: The call for proposals is sent to LLILAS faculty in early spring. The Mexican Center may grant support to other proposals outside this call, pending availability of funds.
Contact: Paloma Diaz, Scholarly Programs Director

Brazil Center Scholarly Programs

The Brazil Center welcomes proposals across all disciplines, and for events in all formats, including but not limited to colloquia, roundtables, workshops, lectures, and collaborations with visiting scholars. Proposals and program priorities are reviewed by the Brazil Center Faculty Committee.

Eligibility: LLILAS Associates and Affiliates
Deadline: The call for proposals is sent to LLILAS faculty in early spring. The Brazil Center may grant support to other proposals outside this call, pending availability of funds.
Contact: Carla Silva-Muhammad, Brazil Center Coordinator


Join Us as a LLILAS Associate or LLILAS Affiliate

LLILAS Faculty Associates
Tenured and tenure-track faculty, lecturers, or other UT researchers who focus at least 25% of their  teaching and research activities on Latin American and Caribbean issues. LLILAS Faculty Associates are eligible for the institute’s faculty funding competitions and to serve on governance committees.

LLILAS Faculty Affiliates
Tenured and tenure-track faculty, lecturers, and UT researchers who work on Latin American issues or who work in collaboration with Latin American institutions, but who spend less than 25% of their time on these topics.  LLILAS Faculty Affiliates are eligible for the institute’s faculty funding competitions, excluding Faculty Research Leave, Faculty-Led Research Initiatives, and Mellon Travel funds.

To join the LLILAS Faculty, contact Paloma Diaz.

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