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CLAS Faculty Travel Award

Center for Latin American Studies Faculty Travel Award

The UU Center for Latin American Studies (CLAS) is pleased to announce a competition for Faculty Travel Awards to support travel to Latin America and the Caribbean. Thanks to funds from our Title VI NRC grant, CLAS can provide a limited number of grants to full-time faculty members, including lecturers, to support field research and other activities that enhance program and professional development. The primary objective of these grants is to give UU faculty members opportunities to begin fieldwork on new projects or to complete, supplement, or add a comparative dimension to previously conducted field research.

Smaller grants are also available for activities that support the growth of Latin American studies at the UU. These activities can include travel that enhances Latin American content in the university’s curriculum, develops or strengthens university partnerships and exchanges in Latin America, develops collaborative relationships with Latin American scholars and artists, or develops new opportunities for UU students to study and learn about Latin America. Awards are intended to support broader program development and should not focus exclusively on conference presentations but incorporate additional elements with a broader impact on university and research linkages.

International travel awards range from $500-$1500 and can be used for airfare and related travel costs. International travel expenses need to be approved by the US Department of Education, which can take up to 30 days, so please do not book your travel until after the award notification.

Eligibility and Requirements

All full-time faculty at the University of Utah, including tenure-line and career-line faculty, are eligible to apply. Research and program development activity must be relevant to Latin American studies.


  • Untenured and Mid-Career faculty
  • Field research activity
  • Faculty who have not recently received support from CLAS
  • Requests that clearly demonstrate the need and relevance of the activity to the candidate’s field, to their curricular objectives, or that clearly benefit CLAS at the UU


Proposals for summer research travel are due by March 25, 2022. Faculty planning research trips earlier in the academic year may submit proposals on a rolling basis, but should be submitted at least two months before the start of travel.


The maximum award amount will be $1,500 but most awards will be between $500 and $1,200. Results will be announced within two weeks of the proposal deadline.

Reimbursable Expenses

Airfare, ground transportation and parking, meals (per diems or receipts), and lodging. CLAS cannot pay for conference registration fees.

Application Instructions

Please submit the following material by email ( by 5:00 pm on the date applications are due:

  • A 3-page proposal (including references) that describes the project, how the travel will support the individual’s research and professional development, and how the trip will benefit Latin American Studies at the UU.
  • Proposed Budget, including printed itinerary from a travel service (e.g. airline, Orbitz, Travelocity, per diem rate per day etc.)
  • Proposed Itinerary, including destination, date of departure and return, and plans for in-country travel.
  • CV

Other Conditions

  • Please note that international travel through the CLAS Faculty Travel Grant requires prior approval from the US Department of Education. The approval process requires air travel is booked on US carriers, or flights that have a codeshare showing a US carrier flight number. This approval can take up to 30 days, so please wait to book your flights until after receiving an award. If you need to book a flight in advance of the award notification, please book travel on US carriers on all legs where US airlines fly
  • Original receipts must be presented to obtain any reimbursement
  • Within 30 days of returning, awardees must present a brief report on the research or activities completed. The report should include a project title, destination, and duration of field research activities conducted with travel award monies, amount of the award, and a brief narrative describing your research activities.
  • Awardees may be invited to present their research findings, articles, essays, etc. at CLAS sponsored events or lecture series and should inform CLAS of any resulting publications.
  • Recipients of funding from CLAS should formally acknowledge the Center’s role in supporting their scholarly activities in any publication or public presentation (conference, poster, white paper, etc.).

We understand that faculty are confronting a range of travel restrictions from the University as well as other national and international entities, and we join these entities in prioritizing faculty health and wellbeing. As a result, we recognize that, depending on how this situation evolves, planned field research may need to be postponed. 

Please note that recipients must contact CLAS BEFORE making any flight reservations and at least 45 days prior to their departure date to request the release of their funds and to ensure all flights are Fly America Compliant. In addition, according to university policy (University Rule R3-030D all international travel must be registered and approved by the university at least three weeks prior to the departure date.  All funds will be released by CLAS in accordance with University and other travel restrictions. The University reserves the right to prohibit or suspend travel if (1) health, safety, or security concerns pose unacceptable risks; (2) travelers have violated laws, regulation, or University policy (including the Student Code of Conduct); or (3) there is other good cause. If the U.S. Department of State issues a Level 03 or Level 04 Travel Advisory or the CDC issues a Level 3 Travel Health Notice for a given country or region, the University may require a University member currently traveling in such to depart that location or to request approval to remain in that location. CLAS will provide additional information with faculty regarding acceptance, updating travel itineraries, travel registration, and other related information. Thank you for your continued patience as we work through these unprecedented challenges. If you have any additional questions please reach out to Kari Moore at

Last Updated: 2/22/22