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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 2019 funding competition is now open. See Award Overview, Eligibility, and Application Form and Guidelines for more information.

The LAII will make up to one long-term (minimum six weeks) award for up to $10,000 (adjusted for length of stay) and/or a number of short-term (minimum two weeks) awards of up to $2,000.00 each.  The awards are 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 any time between June 1, 2019 and July 31, 2020.

Current Year's Priority Consideration

This year, special consideration for the Greenleaf award will be given to projects that contribute to interdisciplinary and innovative indigenous scholarship with a focus on Latin America (which can include pre-Hispanic and Spanish Colonial periods in what is now the U.S. Southwest.)  Activist scholarship, anthropological research, oral histories, government documents, visual resources, language materials, songs, and pictographs are just a few of the collections that contribute to the unique holdings in UNM’s Libraries, Archives, and Special Collections. This link,, enables prospective applicants to browse all of UNM’s Special Collections while this link, allows applicants to browse UNM’s digital collections. Latin American special collections are summarized at:

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.