Guidelines for Latin America Proposals

The University of Chicago is pleased to announce the second round of proposals for programs and academic events in Latin America.

We encourage the submission of innovative ideas and proposals that will help foster global initiatives and facilitate collaboration with scholars and institutions in the Latin American region. Please find below the guidelines for the proposal submissions which can also be found and submitted to the online portal at:

Proposal Guidelines

  1. Program Description
  2. Award Information
  3. Proposal Format
  4. Eligibility
  5. Award timeline
  6. Proposal Selection and Award Administration
  7. Further Guidance

1  Program Description

The University of Chicago will entertain faculty proposals for activities organized around three broad and intersecting areas of scholarship, recognizing that some activities will not fit squarely in any single category and may involve more than one of these areas:

  • Business, Economics, Law, and Policy
  • Culture, Society, Religion, and the Arts
  • Science, Energy, Medicine, and Public Health

Proposals involving all academic disciplines are welcome, including fields not separately mentioned here, such as philosophy or political theory.  Proposals that include more than one area of scholarship or joint proposals for projects across the region are welcome.

2  Award Information

We encourage innovative ideas, whether nascent or fully elaborated, for how we might foster global initiatives and facilitate collaboration with scholars and institutions in the region.

Proposals are solicited for the following types of projects:

  • Conferences and workshops to promote the sharing of ideas among scholars/researchers, policy makers, and business leaders from Latin America, the United States, and beyond; including planning and brainstorming workshops to facilitate the development of NIH, NSF, or other grant proposals for collaborative international projects.
  • Lectures and events (including arts programs) to engage scholars, alumni, and the public.
  • Professional development programs for local and regional executives, government officials, and practitioners
  • Residencies and fellowships for faculty or graduate students conducting short-term research in Latin America.
  • Research-oriented summer undergraduate internships in Latin America.   Faculty supervision/direction is required for each intern.

3  Proposal Format

Please follow the submission instructions as indicated on the online portal (  Budget templates are also provided as part of the submission process.

Each proposal should include: names and affiliations of main organizers/participants (from the University and other institutions); discussion of aims, significance, and rationale; preferred timing; and preliminary budget (guidelines for conference proposals/budgeting can be obtained on the portal).  For conferences, cost sharing with local partners and collaborating institutions is generally expected. Conference proposals should include discussion of the potential for future collaboration.

4  Eligibility

Proposals may originate from teams of collaborators in any discipline, but must be sponsored by at least one person holding a current academic appointment at the University of Chicago. Current members of the Latin America review group are eligible to apply, provided that they recuse themselves during the review and voting on their proposal. Proposals focusing on activities of students must come from faculty members supervising the students, and awards cannot support graduate student research that is coextensive with ongoing doctoral dissertation work.

5  Award Timeline

Proposal coverage period: 1 July 2019 – 30 June 2020

January 15, 2019: Submission via Portal closes

March 2019: Award decisions letters distributed

Proposals submitted by the stated deadline will receive priority consideration, however we welcome inquiries at any time of the year, subject to the availability of funding.

6  Proposal Selection and Award Administration

Proposals will be reviewed by a peer review group. Funding for awards will become available beginning July 1, 2019 for projects in the 2019-2020 academic year. Projects funded must submit a report assessing the projects’ success and impact after their completion. We will also ask you to authorize a final financial report. Reports for projects must be received at the end of the quarter in which the project was completed.

7  Further Guidance

 Faculty and researchers receiving this invitation are encouraged to distribute this call for proposals to members of the University community.  If you require any additional guidance, please feel free to reach out to us at