The "Instituto Universitario de Investigación en Estudios Norteamericanos Benjamin Franklin" is a center of the Universidad de Alcalá (Instituto Franklin - UAH) founded in 1987 to research of North America. It obtained its official recognition as “University Research Institute”. It was the first Research Institute at UAH and the only one in Spain dedicated solely to North American Studies. By being a Research Institute it was authorized to teach official graduate courses like Master’s and Doctorate Programs, as well as participate in research project calls and scholarships.
Since 1987, the Institute has focused on developing new ways of institutional collaboration between Spain and North America, through specific initiatives based mainly on sponsoring different research projects, the organization of international meetings and conferences, and developing academic programs for American students.
The mission of Instituto Franklin - UAH is to serve as a cooperative platform that unites Spain and North America with the objective to promote awareness and knowledge about the diversity of cultures that pertain to those territories. This mission is carried out through collaborations between Universidad de Alcalá and American higher education institutions, public or private agencies, and associations in order to foster understanding and constructive collaboration on both sides of the Atlantic.
Instituto Franklin-UAH developes its mission through two fundamental activities: research and teaching.