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Funding: Visitor Funding


Each year, the Richard E. Greenleaf Visiting Library Scholar award provides three individuals the opportunity to work as visiting researchers with the University of New Mexico's Latin American library collections, one of the largest and most complete Latin or Spanish American collections in the country. Applicants are encouraged to search the University Libraries' online catalog and pay special attention to more rarefied manuscript and microfilm material types. Preference is given to applications addressing Latin American and Spanish Colonial history. For this reason, the LAII welcomes applications from scholars researching Southwest studies, border studies, or diaspora studies, who can demonstrate their work as integral components of these histories. The award honors Dr. Richard E. Greenleaf, distinguished scholar of colonial Latin American history, and his extensive career in teaching, research, and service.

Recipients of the Richard E. Greenleaf Visiting Library Scholar award will work to promote scholarly use of the Latin American collections, including research materials available through the Colonial Latin American or New Mexican and Southwest documentary collections at Zimmerman Library's Center for Southwest Research. Scholars are expected to give a presentation of their research to the UNM community and to submit a brief 3-5 page summary of their research findings and any modifications made to their original proposal. LAII will assist awardees in identifying and networking with UNM scholars in relevant fields. More information about current and recent recipients of these awards is available here.

Application Information

We are pleased to announce the Greenleaf Visiting Scholar competition for 2014-2015.

Invited to apply are scholars (U.S. and international), junior faculty (U.S.) and graduate students (U.S.) who specialize in Latin America.

Through the Richard E. Greenleaf Visiting Library Scholar fund, the LAII will provide two separate awards: one long-term (minimum two months) award for $8,000.00 and at least one short-term (minimum two weeks) $2,000.00 awards to help defray travel and housing costs for Albuquerque, New Mexico.

This year special consideration will be given to projects that utilize the UNM Ibarra Collection. The Ibarra collection documents the personal, social, and political life of the Ibarra family and its associates in 18th, 19th and 20th century Venezuela. For an inventory of the documents in this collection please click here.

The LAII's Operations Committee will award the grants based on the relevance of the proposal to the unique holdings of UNM University Libraries, the merits and significance of the project, and the applicant's scholarly qualifications. Potential scholars are invited to learn more about the collections by searching the catalog or contacting the Latin American Collections Curator at

Applications should include the following items:

  • completed application cover form
  • research proposal not to exceed three (3) pages in length (specifying which library materials/collections you intend to use as your primary resources)
  • proposed travel itinerary
  • budget (including travel and living expenses)
  • applicants resume/curriculum vitae
  • one faculty letter of recommendation (student applicants only)

Contact Information

For further information and/or to submit materials, contact:

  • LAII Committee Graduate Assistant
  • Latin American & Iberian Institute
  • Email (preferred):
  • Telephone: (505) 277-7049