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.