Established in 1988 as the
result of a generous gift from a distinguished
alumna of the college, the Iberian Grant has
provided the opportunity for one Pomona College
student each summer to pursue an independent
research project in Spain or Portugal. As the list
of past recipients (below) demonstrates, there are
no departmental or disciplinary constraints on the
kinds of projects that the grant supports. The
point from the very beginning has been to
encourage students to apply their knowledges of
Castilian, Portuguese, and the other Iberian
languages to carry out projects from across the
The Iberian Grant committee
welcomes applications from Pomona students in
their sophomore and junior years. The deadline for
applications is the first Friday after spring
The application consists of five
a research proposal that is as
detailed as possible with regard to your goals and
methodology. It should provide an itinerary and a
list of the resources that you plan to use. It
should also include the names of local contacts
that you have made who will be able to facilitate
the execution of your project. Nota bene: August is not a propitious time to conduct research in Spain or Portugal, given the fact that so many "locals" go on vacation that month.
itemized budget including estimated travel,
lodging, and food expenses. Nota bene: the
amount of the annual award is fixed at
a letter of recommendation
from a Pomona faculty member who is in a position
to evaluate your proposal from a disciplinary
and/or methodological perspective.
written verification from a qualified language
instructor (normally either a professor at the
Claremont Colleges or a language instructor at one
of Pomona's Study Abroad programs) of your command
of the language(s) in question, with an eye to the
specific linguistic demands of your project.
a list of all the funds (SURPs,
Oldenborg Grants, etc.) for which the applicant is applying
in support of this or any other summer project.
The Iberian Grant Committee reserves the right to
rescind an award and give it to another qualified
applicant if the initial winner chooses to accept
other funding for this or any other project designed to be pursued in the same summer.
The Iberian Grant Committee works closely with
other on-campus granting bodies to make sure that
funds are distributed in such a way as to maximize
the number of students whose summer projects are
The proposals will be evaluated largely on the
basis of their perceived feasibility. Applicants
are encouraged to discuss their ideas and
preliminary drafts with a member of the Iberian
Grant committee (see below) before submitting
their final proposals. It is up to the applicants
to show the committee that they have "done their
homework" before submitting their applications.
The winner will typically be notified within two
weeks of the application deadline. At that point
the winner will have no more than one week to
accept the award.
At some point during the academic year following
summer of the grant, the winner is expected to
give a public presentation to the college
community based on his/her project. The student
should contact Rita Bashaw (Director of Oldenborg)
to arrange for this.
Applications should be e-mailed to Ken Wolf,
Department of History/Classics or Mary Coffey,
Department of Romance Languages and Literatures.
Please make certain that all of your supporting
materials (recommendation, language evaluation,
etc.) arrive via e-mail by that date.
2017: Paige Pepitone -- a comparative
analysis of Muslim Women in Spain
2016: April Xiaoyi Xu -- a study of
Spanish gastronomy in relation to regional
identity in a time of globalization (Cádiz,
San Sebastián, Barcelona)
2015: Jamila Espinosa -- A study of
Brazilian Immigrant Communities and Processes of
Cultural Assimilation in Lisboa (Lisbon)
2014: Scott Panek -- a study of recent
educational reforms instituted by the Partido
Popular limiting the teaching of Catalan
2013: Matthew Karkut -- a study of Spanish
youth unemployment through the eyes of affected
young adults (Madrid, Barcelona, Salamanca).
2012: Eric Puma -- studied Flamenco guitar
techniques at a Flamenco school (Granada).
2011: Justyna Bicz -- a hands-on study of
Andalusian ceramic techniques at an
2010: Rose Comadurán -- a
photo/video study of Spanish cities through the
eyes of their own inhabitants. (Barcelona, Madrid,
2009: Sasha Bartashnik -- a study of the
relationship between the current microfinance
landscape in Spain and the debate on the
profitability of microcredit organizations.
2008: Elisha Nuchi -- a linguistic study
of vowel harmony in Spanish dialects. (Asturias,
2007: Peter Enzminger -- a study of
Spanish national and regional identity in the
Alcarria, following in the footsteps of Camilo
Jose Cela (Alcarria); and Cecilia
Viggiano--a study of rural development
projects in southern Spain (Andalucia).
2006: Alisher Saydalikhodjayev -- a study
of Ukrainian immigrants in Spain. (Madrid,
2005: Marisa Diaz -- a study of social
integration and segregation among Latin American
immigrant students in the Spanish school system.
2004: Noah Buhayar -- a literary study of
the effects of the Prestige oil spill.
2003: Scott Pelletier -- a study of
volcanic geology in the Canary Islands
2002: Emily George -- a study of Spanish
poverty policy combined with a photo essay on
2001: Sutter Wehmeier -- a study of
Gaudi's Park Guell and the Olympic Park on
Montjuic, comparing the international references
of each space and the ideologies of their
2000: David Tenholder -- a study of the
origins of the picaresque novel
1999: no award granted.
1998: Marea Palmer -- a study of regional
styles in ceramics (Salamanca and
1997: Eliza Cooney -- a study of bilingual
education and multiculturalism in Catalunya and
Euskadi (Barcelona and Bilbao).
1996: Benjamin Hidalgo -- a study of drug
use among adolescents in Spain (Madrid).
1995: Andrew Fowler -- a study of
tile-making in Spain and Portugal (Andalucia and
1994: William Byrd -- a study of the
Spanish-wide impact of the ETA abduction of Julio
Iglesia Zamorra (Madrid, Barcelona,
1993: Ian Dobson -- a study of Portuguese
1992: Bernardo Mateluna--a study of the
auto industry in Spain in terms of theories of
National Competitive Advantage (Madrid).
1991: Edward Cerny -- a study of the
cultural and economic connections being built
between Spain and the US on the eve of the
Columbus quincentenary celebration
1990: Roger Fried -- a study of the
political and economic changes resulting from
Spain's membership in the European Economic
1989: Stephanie Hager -- a sociological
comparison of the use of public space in four
Spanish cities (Madrid, Barcelona, Cordoba,
Santiago de Compostela).
1988: Sarah Lumbard -- a historical study
of the depiction of women in the Spanish press
during the Spanish civil war (Madrid); and
Mitra Mofid -- an evaluation of the state
of medical research in comtemporary Spain