The Spanish Program is committed to combining the pleasures of literary reading and cultural appreciation with passionate involvement in our academic discipline and intellectual community. All members of the department are actively engaged in scholarly production, and special opportunities exist for students to pursue rigorous work in Hispanic studies as an extension of work begun in a seminar, during the off-campus study experience, or in community engagement initiatives.

Honors and Independent Study

Advanced Spanish majors who have taken advantage of regular course offerings and wish to carry out in-depth research on a particular topic have the option of working one-on-one with a faculty member for a semester or a year toward the writing of a monographic essay.

Guidelines for Honors Projects in Romance Languages and Literatures

Past Independent Projects and Honors Theses

Academic Prizes in Spanish

Grants and Fellowships

The Latin American Studies Research Grant 
Supports on-site research on Mexico, Central or South America, the Caribbean, or the Latino/a presence in the United States.

Mini-Grants for Research 
Support academic year undergraduate research and travel in all disciplines.

Grua/O’Connell Research Awards 
Support faculty-mentored student research expenses such as travel, books, or equipment.

Office of Student Fellowships and Research 
Provides complete information on undergraduate research funding at Bowdoin and beyond.

Office of Special Academic Programs 
Provides information on the Mellon Mays, Chamberlain and Faculty Scholarship programs at Bowdoin, as well as nationwide Summer Research Opportunities and the preparation for Graduate School.

The Joseph McKeen Center for the Common Good 
Supports research, service, and leadership programs involving engagement with local, national, and international communities.

Funded Internship Programs 
Available through the Career Planning Center, such as the Davis Projects for Peace and the Preston Public Interest Career Fund, among others.

Fulbright Grants for Study/Research
These grant awards are designed to conduct study and/or research in one country for an academic year, providing round-trip transportation, book and research allowances, maintenance, supplemental health coverage, and language or orientation courses. These grants are a great opportunity to create long-lasting connections with scholars in Spanish-speaking countries for in-depth research. A great foundation for future graduate or professional studies.

Spanish Research Resources

Library Research Guides: SpanishLatin American Studies
Provide helpful information on how to access bibliographic and online resources for Hispanic Studies research.
Library Liaison for Spanish: Carmen Greenlee,  725-3286

Media Commons
Has one of the largest collections of Hispanic films in New England. 

Online Guides for Citing Sources 
For academic writing in foreign languages and literature, use the MLA Style for writing research papers. For an overview of this style, see the Purdue Online Writing Lab's MLA Style Summary

The Spanish Program Beyond Bowdoin

Cultural Ambassador Program 
Offered by Spain's Ministry of Education, includes over 2,000 grants for North Americans to serve as language and culture assistants at academic institutions in Spain. 

Pontificia Universidad Javeriana 
Our program has a long-term relationship with this prestigious university in Bogotá, Colombia, where opportunities for faculty collaboration, graduate work and student support are open. Our Teaching Fellows often come from there. 

Universitat Rovira i Virgili, the Public University of Tarragona 
Our program has a long-term relationship with this prestigious university in Catalonia, Spain, where opportunities for faculty collaboration, graduate work and student support are open. Our Teaching Fellows often come from there. 

Fulbright Grants for English Teaching Assistantship
Grantees are placed in schools or universities from countries other than the United States, to teach English, get involved in community work, gain from intensive cultural interaction, and increase language skills and knowledge of the host country. Grants provide round-trip transportation, maintenance, tuition assistance, supplemental health coverage, and language or orientation programs, where appropriate.

Faculty Research Support

Academic Affairs Faculty Research Support Guide 

Bowdoin's Corporate & Foundation Relations