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Stanford Libraries Access Grants

The Center for Latin American Studies and Stanford University Libraries offer library access grants for faculty from qualified U.S. minority serving institutions (MSIs) and community colleges to conduct research relating to Latin America using Stanford University Libraries. The Stanford University Library System is one of the largest academic and research libraries in North America, and the Latin American collection is one of the most comprehensive in the country.

Electronic Application for Academic Year (AY) 2020-21

Application period closed on August 31, 2020


CLAS will grant awardees remote access to Stanford Libraries' online database for one academic year. An orientation to using the Stanford Libraries online database will be provided. Grant recipients will receive a $500 stipend.


  • Ph.D. from an accredited U.S. institution (M.A. or equivalent for community college faculty)
  • Current faculty appointment at a community college or MSI (minority serving institution as designated by the U.S. Department of Education)
  • Research and teaching interest in Latin America

Application Process

The online application includes the following:

  • STATEMENT OF INTEREST (300-500 words), which should address the following:
    • Topic of research relating to Latin America
    • Plan of materials that will be consulted
    • Description of how your research will enhance your curriculum and impact your students
  • LETTER OF SUPPORT from department chair
Submit letter of support here

Selection Process

A committee comprised of CLAS and Stanford Libraries faculty and academic staff will review applications. All applicants will be notified of the status of their applications on or before September 15, 2020.


Within 14 days following the completion of the access period, grantees are required to submit to CLAS a report detailing the work carried out during the grant period. Reports will be provided to the U.S. Department of Education for grant reporting purposes. Upon completion of the final report, grantee will receive the $500 stipend.


Please contact Molly Aufdermauer, CLAS Public Engagement Coordinator, at or 650-721-5530.

Previous Grantees


Headshot of Susan Perkins

Susan Perkins, University of Illinois at Chicago
Department of Managerial Studies

Grant Report



Headshot of Randall Vail

Randall Vail, Pescadero High School
Social Studies Instructor

Grant Report




Headshot of Jose Del Toro

José del Toro, City College of San Francisco
Foreign Language Department

Grant Report



Ane Gonzalez Lara head shot in front of a neutral colored wall

Ane Gonzalez Lara, University of New Mexico
School of Architecture + Planning

Grant Report



Bernadine Hernandez, University of New Mexico
Department of English Language and Literature

Grant Report



Greg Landau, City College of San Francisco
Latin American & Latino/a Studies Department

Grant Report



Erica Vogel in front of green trees

Erica Vogel, Saddlback College
Anthropology, Social Sciences Department

Grant Report

Migrant Conversions: Transforming Connections Between Peru and South Korea




CLAS is a U.S. Department of Education National Resource Center (NRC). Supported by the U.S. Department of Education under the auspices of Title VI, Section 602(a) of the Higher Education Act of 1965, NRCs serve to strengthen access to and training in the major languages of their respective regions, and to broaden area studies training across all disciplines.