Teresa Lozano Long Institute of Latin American Studies
Teresa Lozano Long Institute of Latin American Studies

Activities and Resources

Collaboration with Mexican Institutions

Ricardo Ainslie speaking at the Rev. Alejandro Solalinde event

Photo by Erik Vega.

Ministry of Foreign Relations of Mexico—Matías Romero Visiting Scholars Program

In partnership with the Mexican Ministry of Foreign Relations, LLILAS hosts the Matías Romero Visiting Scholars Program, which brings up to ten distinguished academics from Mexico to perform research at UT Austin each year. For more information about the program and a listing of previous Matías Romero recipients, visit Matías Romero Visiting Scholars.

CIESAS (Center for Research and Advanced Instruction in Social Anthropology, Mexico)

An agreement between LLILAS and CIESAS has yielded collaborative research, student exchange, and three co-taught seminars via video conference. In the summer of 2014, LLILAS faculty collaborated with CIESAS to coordinate a summer institute on gender violence in Mexico.


The Mexico Center organizes talks and conferences on a wide array of topics related to Mexico. Recent events have included a concert by Danzonera SierraMadre, a Mexican danzón orchestra, complementing a faculty book presentation on the history of Mexican danzón; a panel on indigenous and land rights; the presentation of an opinion study on Mexican views of foreign policy and international affairs; the Foodways of Mexico series; and lectures on gender violence in Ciudad Juárez, the history of Mexican Catholicism, the impact of the border wall, and the legal framework of human rights.

Austin Lecture on Contemporary Mexico

Each year a prominent Mexican public intellectual is nominated by Mexicanist faculty to deliver a lecture at UT Austin on key current issues in Mexico. Past speakers have included Sergio Aguayo, Marcela Lagarde, Javier Sicilia, Lorenzo Meyer, and Carmen Aristegui. The 2017 keynote speaker was Rev. Alejandro Solalinde.

For a complete listing of past and upcoming LLILAS events, visit our Events Calendar.

Resources for Faculty Working in Mexico

Mexico Center Call for Proposals

The Mexico Center provides funds for faculty to organize academic public events on campus, including but not limited to conferences, workshops, lectures, and collaborations with visiting scholars. In an effort to leverage the Mexico Center's reach and strengthen its ties within the university, we strongly encourage applicants to seek complementary funding from the faculty member's home department, other offices on campus, or outside sources of support. The call, which goes out in the fall semester, is open to LLILAS faculty. Priority is given to Mexicanist faculty and to proposals for events that enhance the academic training of UT graduate and undergraduate students.

Austin Lecture on Contemporary Mexico

In a separate competition, faculty can nominate a keynote speaker for the Austin Lecture on Contemporary Mexico.

For other faculty resources, visit LLILAS Resources for UT Latin Americanist Faculty.

Resources for Students Working in Mexico

The Mexico Center provides support for U.S. and Mexican students to conduct research in Mexico and for Mexican students to study at UT Austin.

Carmen Aristegui

Photo by Erik Vega.

E.D. Farmer International Fellowships for Texans and Mexican Nationals

The Texas Legislature created the E.D. Farmer International Fellowship with the purpose of building friendship and fostering goodwill between Texas and Mexico. This fellowship provides financial support to conduct research, fieldwork, or studies in Mexico or to undertake undergraduate or graduate studies or research activities at The University of Texas at Austin. For more information, visit E.D. Farmer International Fellowships.

For other student resources, visit Funding Opportunities.

Resources for Scholars from Mexico

Becas de Viaje para Investigación (Becas LLILAS Benson)

LLILAS and the Benson Latin American Collection offer travel fellowships to scholars from Mexican and Central American universities who wish to do short-term research at the Nettie Lee Benson Latin American Collection, UT Austin. For more information, visit Becas de Viaje para Investigación.

Visiting Scholar and Research Fellows Program

Due to the outstanding Benson Latin American Collection and the large and distinguished Latin Americanist faculty affiliated with LLILAS, many scholars choose to spend sabbatical or other research leave at The University of Texas at Austin. To accommodate these researchers, LLILAS offers the Visiting Scholar and Research Fellow programs. For more information about the program, visit Visiting Scholar and Research Fellow Programs.

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