In 2020, UO Faculty Member Gabriela Martínez was awarded funding for her documentary film “Ni una menos: Violence against women and justice in Guatemala.” This 33-minute documentary is about the femicide case of Claudia Eunice Villegas González who was killed by her boyfriend in the city of Huehuetenango, Guatemala. 

CLLAS invites applications for its annual Faculty Research seed grant for funds to be used during the 2024-2025 academic year (July 1, 2024 through June 30, 2025).  CLLAS plans to award three grants of up to $5000 each. This grant is intended to support research that sheds light on Latinx or Latin American issues.

Projects that include collaboration between faculty from different UO units, involve the wider Eugene/Springfield, Oregon, or Latin American communities/organizations/institutions in the U.S. or Latin America, or propose other forms of community engagement are welcome but not required.

CLLAS will also consider research projects that involve elements of community engagement.

Possible project topics include, but are not limited to: 

Latino/a literature or visual arts
History and ethnic identity
language and language use
film and media
historical memory
environmental and economic sustainability projects
structural adjustment policy impact on local communities
governmental or public policy
sustainable business practices
philosophical inquiries
narrative and popular culture
public health
gender and sexualities
human rights

This grant is made possible by the generous support of University of Oregon’s Division of Equity and Inclusion. 

 Criteria for Application:

    1. CLLAS welcomes research projects from faculty in the social sciences, humanities, or professional schools focusing on Latinx or Latin American topics and/or communities.
    2. The research project may be individual or collaborative. We understand “collaborative” to mean any interdisciplinary work carried out by two or more faculty members from different UO units or faculty planning to work with a community organization domestic or abroad (in Latin America or the Caribbean). People who have already been in conversation or are currently working together are encouraged to apply. We suggest that applicants demonstrate their collaborative track record and list specific activities or events they have carried out jointly in the past, such as planning a conference, team teaching, working on a research project, or sitting on a project committee together. We would also like to encourage new collaborations and urge those who have not worked together previously to carefully demonstrate how they will accomplish their collaboration.
    3. Applicants should demonstrate how their project either builds on work already begun or describe how they plan to use this grant to leverage future resources. Other secured and potential funding sources should be included in the budget proposal.
    4. Grantees will be asked to give a public presentation on their research during the following academic year. Additionally, grantees will be asked to specify what kinds of concrete results their project will produce in one to two years, including research results, creative products, educational materials, etc.
    5. If the research will be conducted under COVID restrictions, please explain how you are planning to accomplish your research plan. This explanation does not count towards the proposal word count. Please add explanation as a footnote or cover letter.

Application Questions

For your reference, we have prepared a document with all application questions. Feel free to use this document to prepare and plan your application in advance: Faculty Seed Grant Application Questions. To formally submit your application, please click the ‘Apply Now’ button below. Please note that the application will require the following components:

Project Description and Timeline – In 1000 words or less, please explain the significance of your research project, key activities that will take place with an estimated timeline, and how this project contributes to the CLLAS mission. A strong proposal should include the following information:

– A compelling project description that emphasizes the significance of your research
– Key activities that will take place to gather research
– Project timeline for activities proposed
– The anticipated impact/outcomes of this research project 
– How the proposed project contributed to the CLLAS mission

Statement of Qualifications and CV/Resume – A document that includes a Statement of Qualifications and your CV/Resume. Your statement should be concise, highlighting your relevant qualifications, expertise, and ability to execute the proposed research project. Statements must not be longer than one page, and CVs/resumes must not be longer than two pages.

Project Budget and Current Funding Sources – Please provide a detailed project budget that outlines how the CLLAS grant will be utilized, any additional funding sources that have been secured, and any remaining funding gaps (if applicable). *Please note that this grant does not cover equipment needs such as digital cameras or laptops. Applicants are discouraged from using CLLAS funds to pay non-UO personnel or researchers.* For your convenience, we have put together an optional CLLAS Grant Budget Template . 

Letter of Endorsement –A concise letter from your unit head that demonstrates support for this project. The letter should comment on the quality and feasibility of the proposed project. This letter carries significant weight in the application process.

We are no longer accepting submissions for this grant. Please check back in January 2025. If you have questions please email Thank you!