Official Blog of the Latin American, Caribbean and Iberian Studies Program at the University of Wisconsin-Madison

Nave Summer Research Grant Recipient Isaac García-Guerrero from the Steps of the Biblioteca Nacional de España

Last spring (2013), Isaac García-Guerrero—a PhD student studying Modern Peninsular Literature in the Department of Spanish and Portuguese—was among the group of graduate students awarded a Nave Short Term Field Research Grant to conduct pre-dissertation research in Madrid, Spain at the Biblioteca Nacional. Founded in 1712 by King Felipe V, the library’s collections hold approximately 25,000,000 items, making it by far the largest library in Spain and one of the largest in the world.


In an email to LACIS staff, Isaac expressed his gratitude for the access to vital literary works that his grant made possible:

I am writing to you just to let you know that I am so thankful for the experience that the Nave Grant is providing me here in Madrid. Apart from the opportunity to visit this city, and all its cultural venues, my experience at the Spanish National Library is of great interest for my dissertation. In fact, thanks to this visit to Madrid I can say that my ideas are more focused, and I have already found many texts of critical importance.


The intended aim of this grant is to support an initial field research experience, in Latin America, the Caribbean or the Iberian Peninsula, to help graduate students acquire a comprehensive knowledge of language, terrain and culture, to gather research data, and to develop contacts with scholars and institutions in their fields.

LACIS hosts an annual informational meeting about the Nave Summer Research Grants during the month of February. Keep an eye out for this session to field any questions you may have about the application process.

To learn more about this and all of the funding opportunities available to faculty, undergraduate, and graduate students through LACIS, visit our website:

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We are always so pleased to hear back from students who study with or receive funding from LACIS. Congratulations to Isaac on the receipt of his summer grant and best of luck to you in your future research!