Academic Services

Speaker's Circuit

The Speaker's Circuit is a collaborative program allowing member institutions to share in the cost of bringing speakers to present on Cuban topics. One speaker can visit multiple institutions while traveling on the same invitation and visa, thus significantly reducing both administrative and direct costs for each sponsoring institution. In this way, sponsors are able to enhance their programming, bringing a broader range of speakers than they could otherwise afford to invite, while building their relationships with partner organizations in the CSC.

Any institution wishing to sponsor a visit takes on the responsibility of issuing the initial invitation and coordinating the speaker's international travel. The CSC then facilitates the visit by announcing it to other member institutions via the listserv, consulting on routing, and assisting with visa processing. Once co-sponsoring institutions have signed on, they share in the pro-rated costs of international airfare, as well as paying domestic airfare to their location and local lodging for the speaker. 

Through the Speaker's Circuit, participating institutions are able to enhance their program offerings, bringing a diverse range of speakers while at the same time significantly reducing the overall cost to themselves. For example, a visit that might have cost an institution $3000 could be organized via the Speaker's Circuit for approximately half that, depending on the specific circumstances.

If you are interested in inviting or hosting a speaker, please send an email to [ top ]

Book Donation and Exchange Program

Access to scholarly resources, especially recently published and scientific materials, continues to be one of the most urgent needs expressed by academic, scientific and cultural organizations in Cuba. Working closely with member institutions, the CSC organizes the provision and transport of books and journals to such institutions in Cuba. 

Many university libraries have duplicate copies of books or can purchase them at a discount. Book and journal donations are an excellent and highly cost-effective way to build and strengthen relationships with Cuban counterparts. 

If you have books that you would like to donate to a Cuban institution, or if you would be willing to assist in the transportation of books to Cuba, please send an email to [ top ]

Short Courses

As Cuban institutions continue to develop relationships with North American universities and cultural institutions, the short course model has proven to be a highly effective means to build specialized relationships. When such courses are offered in Cuba, participating institutions gain access to cutting-edge knowledge and skills from abroad. The same is the case with short courses offered in North America by Cuban specialists. Both provide information which is often not otherwise available or current. 

Just as importantly, short courses both establish and build active, collaborative relationships. Not only does the course respond to a stated institutional interest, but there is a clear product of the exchange, and formal relationships often become personal ones. On the basis of such interactions and successes, future collaborative projects are often planned. 

The CSC is developing a database of individuals and institutions with specialized skills or knowledge with an interest in offering short courses in Cuba or holding such at their home institutions. If you are interested in offering a short course in Cuba, or if you are interested in hosting a Cuban expert to offer such a course at your institution, please fill out the form by clicking here. [ top ]

Academic Matchmaking and Collaborative Research

The CSC brings together North American and Cuban scholars who share like interests and a desire for academic collaboration. Such academic matchmaking utilizes the Consortium's contact base, databases, listserv and bulletin boards to facilitate collaborative research and exchanges. With the expansion of email in Cuba, collaborative research and exchanges are more feasible than ever. 

If you are interested in collaborating with a scholar in North America or Cuba, please fill out the form by clicking here. If you are interested in viewing the list of scholars interested in collaboration, please click here. [ top ]

Grant Announcements

Over the past several years, the increasing number of Cuba initiatives has outnumbered the limited number of funding sources, grants and awards available for research and exchanges on Cuba. Below is a listing of funding sources and related opportunities for work on Cuba.

See also:

ACLS/SSRC Working Group on Cuba
Social Science Research Council
810 Seventh Avenue 
New York, NY 10019 USA 
(212) 377-2700 / fax: 377-2727 
OR Academia de Ciencias de Cuba
La Habana, 12400 Cuba
(53-7) 670 599 / fax: 338 054

In conjunction with the SSRC, the ACLS founded the Cuba Working Group to increase scholarly cooperation between the United States and Cuba. The Working Group funds Cuban researchers to travel to the United States and abroad, North American educators to travel to Cuba, and other activities that stimulate academic cooperation as well as assist Cuban scholarship. Additional grants are distributed through a grant competition. Awards normally range from $2500-5000. Deadline: August 15, 2001.

The Arca Foundation
2040 S Street NW, Suite 200
Washington, D.C. 20009
(202) 822-9193 / fax: 785-1446

The Arca Foundation supports tax-exempt organizations that demonstrate an ability to analyze and expose the inequities of present-day policy, propose creative alternatives, and mobilize grassroots support for changing the status quo ... Grantmaking in the foreign policy field reflects a focus on issues that are particularly influenced by U.S. policy in the Western Hemisphere. U.S. policy toward Cuba and Central America continues to be a central concern, along with the human consequences of globalized production. The Foundation does not make grants to individuals or for scholarship funds, research fellowships, capital projects, or endowments. 2000 awards ranged from $3000-465,000. Funding history available at: Deadlines: April 1, October 1.

The Christopher Reynolds Foundation
267 Fifth Avenue, Suite 1001
New York, NY 10016
(212) 532-1606 / fax: 532-1403

No online information available.

Ford Foundation
320 East 43rd Street
New York, NY 10017
(212) 573-5000 / fax: 351-3677

For grant inquiries:

Funding areas include: Community and Resource Development; Economic Development; Human Development and Reproductive Health; Education, Media, Arts and Culture; Governance and Civil Society; and Human Right and International Cooperation. Program details vary - see Funding history available at: The site is also searchable by keyword and by year.

General Service Foundation
557 North Mill Street, Suite 201
Aspen, CO 81611
(970) 920-6834 or -4578

Funds are available in the following program areas: International Peace, Reproductive Health and Rights, and Resources. Program details vary. 2000 awards ranged from $4900-90,000. Funding history available at: International Peace; Reproductive Health and Rights; Resources . Deadlines: February 1, September 1.

MacArthur Foundation
In Chicago (offices also in Palm Beach County, Brazil, India, Mexico, Moscow and Nigeria): 
The John D. and Catherine T. MacArthur Foundation
Office of Grants Management
140 S. Dearborn Street
Chicago, IL 60603
(312) 726-8000 / fax: 920-6258

The John D. and Catherine T. MacArthur Foundation makes grants through two major integrated programs: Human and Community Development and Global Security and Sustainability. The Program on Human and Community Development supports national research and policy work. The Program on Global Security and Sustainability focuses on international peace and security, ecosystems conservation and policy, population, and on cross-cutting themes that include human rights, international justice, and new governance arrangements to address the consequences of globalization. Program details vary: see 2000 awards ranged in HCD ranged from $20,000 to 2.3 million; in GSS, from $7500 to 1.1 million. Funding history available at: and Deadlines: Variable.

Rockefeller Foundation
In New York (offices also in San Francisco, Bangkok, Nairobi, Bellagio, Harare, and Mexico City):
The Rockefeller Foundation
420 Fifth Avenue
New York, NY 10018-2702
(212) 869-8500

Funding programs include: Creativity and Culture; Food Security; Health Equity; Working Communities; and Global Inclusion. Program details vary: see Funding history available at: Awards are searchable by program, benefitting region, time frame, and keyword. Deadlines: N/A.  [ top ]

Summer, Semester and Inter-Session Programs

In conjunction with member institutions, the CSC facilitates the organization of summer, semester, inter-session and professional programs in Cuba. CSC staff advise in the development of such programs, maintain a database of them, announce them to members, and encourage organizers to offer CSC member discounts. In conjunction with members, the CSC also organizes professional programs in such areas as Cuban law, environmental policy, social work, art, film and literature. 

If you would like to discuss the development of a program, please send an email to [ top ]

Publisher's Directory

Forthcoming is a list of publishers who have recently published works relating to Cuba. [ top ]

Scholarly Resources

See also: News Services

Cuba Programs and Professional Resources
U.S. Universities with Programs in Cuba (from AfroCuba Web)

Colleges and Universities in Cuba

Florida International University's Cuban Research Institute

Center for Cuban Studies (NY)

Queens College-CUNY's Cuba Project

The Georgetown University Caribbean Project's Cuba Program

Tulane University's Cuban Studies Institute

Harvard University's David Rockefeller Center for Latin American Studies - Cuba Initiative

University of Miami's Institute for Cuban and Cuban-American Studies:

University of Pittsburgh Press' Cuban Studies Series

Professional Conferences and Congresses in Cuba - Buro de Convenciones

LASA (Latin American Studies Association) Cuba Section

Topics on Cuba
AfroCuba Web
Well-organized site on Afro-Cuban perspectives on race, identity, music and the arts, including a discussion group and news digest.

Contains audio and video clips from a variety of Cuban artists, as well as e-zine announcements and news.

Arte Cubano
Showcases a wide array of contemporary Cuban art in different media, searchable by artist, including links to cultural news and a general history of fine arts in Cuba. Linked to the Havana Gallery at

Association for the Study of the Cuban Economy
Non-profit organization dedicated to Cuban economic studies. Site includes proceedings of annual meetings online.

Castro Speech Database
Search or browse a full database of Fidel Castro's speeches and public pronouncements.

Cuba Literaria, "El Portal de la Literatura Cubana"
Comprehensive site contains links to Cuban literary journals, entries on major Cuban writers, and news and discussion on contemporary Cuban literature.

"Cuba, Sitio del Gobierno de la República de Cuba"
Official website of the Cuban government.

The Cuba-America Jewish Mission
Non-profit organization dedicated to the revitalization of Jewish life in Cuba. Site includes a directory of synagogues and congregations in Cuba.

Cuban Art Space
Offers links and online exhibits on topics such as new art, naive art, and art by Cuban women.

Cubarte, "El Sitio de la Cultura Cubana"
Contains information on various aspects of Cuban culture, including literature, art, architecture dance and film; lists of events, opportunities for study, Cuban publications, and suggested resources.

Contains general interest "channels" linking to established websites on diverse topics. 

Diccionario de la Literatura Cubana
Includes bibliography and searchable entries on major Cuban writers.

La Iglesia Católica en Cuba
Contains directories of Catholic religious organizations and personnel, news, speeches and online publications.

Infomed, "Portal de Salud de Cuba"
A member of the Biblioteca Virtual de Salud de las Américas. Includes information on Cuba's medical system, a searchable directory of medical institutions in Cuba, and links to online Cuban medical journals (articles in PDF format).

The Jews of Cuba
Excellent collection of articles and resources on Jewish communities in Cuba.

National Council of Churches News Service - Cuba
Current topics on Protestant activity in Cuba, including searchable news archives.

Opus Habana
Online journal dedicated to the restoration of Old Havana, published by the Office of the City Historian of Havana.

Bilingual site includes news, information and further resources for people interested in learning about Santería.

Political Database of the Americas - Cuba
Contains links to relevant government documents, directories, bibliographies and agencies.

Virtual Library: Public Health: Cuba
Useful collection of links to Cuban public health sites and journals, as well as general information (e.g. WHO) on Cuban health system and statistics. [ top ]


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