Research Support

Original, innovative research is the hallmark of graduate study; as we uncover new texts in archives, develop alternative ways of reading the classics, and collaborate with colleagues in other fields and around the world, we find new ways of thinking and new works to teach. Part of graduate student development involves teaching undergraduate courses; such teaching is complemented by classwork and research projects.

The Department of Spanish, Italian, and Portuguese is pleased to support all Ph.D. students for five years of graduate study, including a year-long fellowship for dissertation research and writing.

As you apply to fellowships and jobs, the University is ready to help with your CV and application materials. Please contact Amy Clobes, Director of Professional Development, in the Office of Graduate & Postdoctoral Affairs.

Here are some ways to find support for your work, from foundational language training to pre-dissertation research and dissertation completion fellowships:


Charles Gorden Reid, Jr. Summer Travel Fellowship (Graduate Students): The Charles Gordon Reid, Jr., Summer Travel Fellowship provides a stipend of approximately $3,000 for a selected student who wishes to pursue a research project or course of study in a Spanish-speaking country. This award may be used for study or research in any Spanish-speaking country. (Please note that academic credits earned while abroad cannot be transferred to your UVa degree).

The Annual Del Greco Graduate Essay Prize: A prize consisting of a cash award conferred annually at the end of the spring semester for the best essay written by a graduate student on any topic having to do with Spanish and/or Spanish American language, literature, or culture. The Del Greco Essay Prize may be conferred upon one essay, may be split between two winners in the event of a tie, or may not be awarded at all in any given year if the entries are deemed to be unmeritorious.

Case Del Greco Library Travel Stipend: The Casa Del Greco Library Travel Stipend is a summer stipend for graduate students to study in Salamanca for the summer. The purpose of the fellowships is to support graduate students in Spanish for weeks of study in Salamanca where they enroll in courses conducive to improving their skills in the language.   This fellowship for non-native speakers comes from the proceeds of the funds given to us by Professor Arnold Del Greco.

Charles Killian Woltz Summer Fellowships: The Charles Killian Woltz Summer Fellowships is a summer stipend for graduate students in a Spanish American country of their choice. The purpose of the fellowships is to support graduate students in Spanish to improve their skills in the language.  This fellowship for non-native speakers comes from the proceeds of the funds given to the Department by Judge Robert K. Woltz and Rita H. R. Woltz.


Arts, Humanities, and Social Sciences Summer Research Awards: Grants of up to $5,000 will be awarded to support graduate students at the pre-dissertation stage. The grant is designed to give students the opportunity to conduct preliminary archival/museum research, fieldwork, oral histories, and position themselves to write and research a well-conceived dissertation topic. Applications are due in late March, for work to be conducted over the summer.

Center for Global Inquiry: support for research or travel related to the Center's Mission. For students in Spanish, Italian, and Portuguese, these would issues of globalization, financial crisis, and creative responses; forms of epistemic, cultural, and ecological exchange in the Global South; innovative methodological approaches to Latin American, Area Studies, and Global Studies paradigms.

Center for Teaching Excellence: pedagogy-centered fellowship programs include Tomorrow's Professor Today, Course Design Institute, International Teaching Assistants Program, and a range of other options. Check the website for current listings and application deadlines.

Institute of the Humanities and Global Cultures: summer research grants for doctoral students, funded by the Buckner W. Clay Foundation. Consult the website for application deadlines.

Institute of World Languages: travel support for graduate students (priority given to language acquisition and pedagogy projects)

Mellon Indigenous Arts Initiative: eight-week summer program that trains graduate students to present indigenous materials to the public. Also involves supervising undergraduate students. Recommended for students in indigenous Latin American studies, archives/museum studies, and visual cultures. Apply by Feb. 1 to begin in the summer.

Office of Graduate & Postdoctoral Affairs: clearinghouses of fellowships (internal & external)

Rare Books School: broad range of short-term, summer, and year-long fellowships for students interested in print culture, digital publishing, manuscript illumination, and topics related to the history of the book. Application dates vary by program.

Scholars' Lab: year-long fellowship designed to support dissertation projects that use critical Digital Humanities platforms and emerging technologies. It is recommended that students participate in the Praxis Program before applying. Call is announced in the spring semester, to begin work in the fall.

National & International

Casa de Velázquez: residential fellowships in Madrid, 1-3 months. Strengths of the collection include medieval Iberia, contemporary Peninsular studies, and works from Latin America. Application dates vary by season; for spring/summer funding, applications are due in late October or early November. Check the website for the most accurate information.

Fulbright: global range of long-term and short-term fellowships for research and teaching. Check program pages for more information.

Foreign Language & Area Study (FLAS): summer, semester, and year-long fellowships for language and area study. Priority is given to Less Commonly Taught Languages like Maya K'iche' (UVa students should apply through Vanderbilt, as part of the Duke-UVa-Vanderbilt consortium). For a list of FLAS programs for language study in Latin America (not Spanish), please click here.

Hispanex: support for PhD students outside of Spain, to promote the study of Castilian language and culture. Deadlines vary by year. Please consult the website for current information.

Huntington Library: residential fellowships in Pasadena, CA, 1-5 months. Strong holdings in medieval, early modern, and 20th century literatures and histories, including history of science. Applications due Nov. 15 for the following academic year.

John Carter Brown Library: residential fellowships in Providence, RI, 2-4 months. Strengths of the collection include early modern Iberia, colonial Latin America, and 19th century hemispheric studies. Especially good for cartography and the history of science and technology. Applications due Dec. 1 for the following academic year.

National Endowment for the Humanities: long-term fellowships for dissertation writing and research. Also includes resources to help with grant writing. Click here for a one-page list of best practices.

Newberry Library: residential fellowships in Chicago, 1-2 months. Recommended for students in medieval-contemporary literatures and cultures of the Americas (Latin America, Francophone, and North America). Strong holdings in early modern, indigenous studies, and cartography. Applications due Dec. 15 for the following academic year.