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Program for Cultural Cooperation (PCC)

Program for Cultural Cooperation—Important Update

Starting in 2013 the Program for Cultural Cooperation's name has been changed to "Hispanex" and it is being run out of the Ministry of Culture in Madrid. Learn how to apply

All questions about the program or the application should go to Paz Canto at:, or e-mail at: paz.canto@mecd.es

Program for Cultural Cooperation Between Spain's Ministry of Culture & United States' Universities

Objectives & Nature of the Program

In the spring of 1983, the Spanish Government's Minister of Culture and a distinguished group of Hispanists from US academic institutions decided to create a Program for Cultural Cooperation between Spain's Ministry of Culture and US universities. The program was officially inaugurated in October of that year.

The program is designed to promote closer ties between scholarly Hispanicism in the US in the areas of humanities, social sciences and the cultural and academic developments of Spain. Projects oriented toward the dissemination of Spanish culture throughout the academic systems of the US are reviewed for subsidy. Priority is given to those proposals of high scholarly quality which will have an important impact upon the field of Hispanicism, both regionally and nationwide.

Since its conception, the program has granted a considerable amount of subsidies supporting a variety of events. Proposals encompass visiting professorships; the publication of scholarly journals, translations, and literary texts; symposia, film series, and exhibitions; and dissertation scholarships. More than 300 US academic institutions have benefited from these subsidies.

Administrative Organization

The Spanish Government’s Secretary of State for Culture holds the presidency of the Program; the vice-president is the Minister in Charge of Cultural Affairs for the Spanish Embassy in Washington, DC. Having played a crucial role in the launching of this project, the University of Minnesota has housed the administration of this program since 1983.

The Executive Committee is composed of the General Coordinator, the General Director for Cultural Cooperation, the Assistant General Director for International Cooperation of the Ministry of Education and Culture, the Cultural Attaché for the Spanish Embassy in Washington, DC, and a select group of American university professors who represent the different geographical regions and various disciplines in the field of Hispanicism. The duties of the Executive Committee are to propose projects of cultural collaboration, to evaluate the applications submitted for consideration, and to help attract funding from US universities.

Sources of Financial Support

The projects are funded by matching contributions from the Spanish Ministry of Culture and the US universities interested in participating. Therefore, US institutions submitting applications are expected to provide part of the funding for their projects and should request only partial subsidies from the Program.  Indirect university costs are not covered by our grants. 

Matching Grant Categories


Applications submitted by scholars in the US who wish to undertake or complete research projects in Spain are considered. These academic investigations are evaluated on the basis of scholarly quality as well as relevance to the dissemination of Spanish culture in the US. The program only covers up to 50% of the cost. If you have no matching institutional funds, indicate that you will be covering the other 50% out of your own funds. Salaries are not subsidized, so do not list sabbatical salary as a matching fund.


The following types of publishing projects, which promote the dissemination and subsequent appreciation of Spanish heritage within the US, are considered for a subsidy:

  1. Partial funding to US presses for the reprinting or publication, in English, of classic and modern Spanish literary texts. Preference is given to publishing projects having widespread commercial appeal and extensive national distribution in mind.


  2. Subsidies to US university presses for the publication, in English, of research in the humanities and social sciences, concerning Spain.
    • This subsidy is for US presses. Requests from authors or foreign presses are not accepted
    • All applications must include a detailed budget sheet. Indirect costs may not be included
    • All publication applications must include ten copies of two letters of evaluation from outside readers
    • Include up to five pages of the manuscript only if it is a translation and the outside readers should reference the translation in their letters
    • If the reader has suggested revisions, please address in a cover letter whether or not changes will be made


This category includes a limited number of grants for film societies sponsoring Spanish film festivals and visits by film directors. The program will not, however, subsidize the purchase of videos for classroom use.


This program promotes the exchange of scholars and artists and encourages joint ventures between Spanish and American professors in the fields of social, political, and economic history; cultural communications; and literary theory. The screening committee favors proposals that include the invitation of Spanish individuals who possess both creative and intellectual qualities. Preference is given to applications from institutions that will sponsor visiting professors for a minimum of eight to ten weeks—a period of time enabling complete courses or seminars to be held. A C.V. is required for all visiting professors.

The subsidies awarded by the Program for Cultural Cooperation only cover the travel expenditures from Spain and will not subsidize salaries. The US party extending the invitation provides the balance of the necessary funding. Prospective participants should keep in mind that the program is not intended to subsidize teaching in areas of the curriculum that are considered to be the regular financial responsibilities of the respective departments or colleges.


According to the guidelines established for this category, priority will be given to those proposals of an interdisciplinary nature involving collaborative research with individuals, Spanish scholars, and academic institutions.

Subsidies may be provided for the publication of papers and for the travel expenses of invited participants. Requests for travel funds for invited speakers should come from the inviting institution. No subsidies are provided for conferences or symposia which take place outside the US.


Sponsorship of sections at professional conventions that focus on topics related to the cultural development and the sociopolitical transformation of contemporary Spain will be considered.


This category provides a limited number or grants to help cover costs involved with theater productions, museum exhibits, concerts of Spanish music, or other types of activities that would disseminate the culture of Spain in the US.


The Executive Committee meets once a year to review applications. The deadline for the receipt of applications is April 1. To avoid having your proposal disqualified, all applicants should read the instructions below before filling out the application.

Early applications are encouraged so that the administrative office may do a preliminary screening and make suggestions for changes, should they be needed, before forwarding them to the Executive Committee. Applications submitted just prior to the deadline will not be reviewed by the administrative office before they are sent to the Executive Committee members.


Program for Cultural Cooperation
Learning Abroad Center
University of Minnesota
230 Heller Hall
271 19th Avenue South
Minneapolis, MN 55455

Email: zimme001@umn.edu
Phone: 612.625.9888
Fax: 612.626.8009


The instructions below are in Microsoft Word format.  You can type on this form and make any space adjustments necessary.  Any further questions please contact our office at 612.625.9888 or email the PCC Coordinator.