Greenleaf Visiting Library Scholar Funding

The University of New Mexico’s Latin American library holdings are nationally acclaimed, and regularly attract the attention of local, national, and international scholars.

Each year the Latin American and Iberian Institute (LAII) partners with UNM University Libraries to offer Richard E. Greenleaf Visiting Library Scholar awards to support scholars who work with these premier collections.

Recipients of the award work to promote scholarly use of the Latin American and Iberian collections, focusing on objectives with specific relevance to the UNM Library collections. Scholars will have the opportunity to present their research to faculty and students during their visit to UNM and to submit a brief report. The LAII will assist awardees in identifying and networking with UNM scholars in relevant fields.

The award honors Dr. Richard E. Greenleaf, distinguished scholar of colonial Latin American history, and his extensive career in teaching, research, and service.

The 2021 funding competition is now open. See Award Overview, Eligibility, and Application Form and Guidelines for more information.


The LAII will award up to $10,000 in some combination of long-term (minimum six weeks) and short-term (minimum two weeks) awards. Short-term awards are limited to $2,000, with the exception that the awards committee may consider higher amounts for short-term award applicants who would be traveling from abroad. The award is intended to cover round-trip travel, local transportation, lodging, and meals based on the allowable per diem rate for Albuquerque, New Mexico. Proposed research may be conducted at any time between June 1, 2021, and July 31, 2022. (Allowances will be made for delays caused by the ongoing pandemic).

Current Year's Priority Consideration

The LAII’s Grants and Awards Committee will select recipients 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. This link, http://bit.ly/2AhRCXf, enables prospective applicants to browse all of UNM’s Special Collections while this link, https://econtent.unm.edu/digital/ allows applicants to browse UNM’s digital collections. Latin American special collections are summarized at https://libguides.unm.edu/Special_LatinAmerican_Collections. The following link leads to UNM Library Research guides by subject: https://libguides.unm.edu/?b=s.
International and independent scholars as well as junior faculty and advanced graduate students at US institutions who specialize in Latin America and Iberia are invited to apply.
The LAII 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.

The LAII asks that funding recipients formally acknowledge the Institute's role in supporting their scholarship. Please review our complete Expectations for Acknowledgement for more details.
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