Camino Real Award The Camino Real Award was introduced in 2012, coinciding with the 25th anniversary of the establishment of the Institute (1987), to recognize the professional work of Spaniards who prominently and exemplary project and enhance the positive image of Spain in the United States. Read more >
Spanish Migration to the United States, 1880-1940 The main objective of this project is to study the Spanish migration to the United States between 1880 and 1940 from the exploitation of the microdata from the United States censuses carried out between these dates. This data has recently been digitalized and harmonized by the University of Minnesota. Read More >
Francisco Sáez de Adana, nuevo director del Instituto Franklin-UAH En las elecciones celebradas el pasado jueves 25 de abril de 2019, el Consejo Académico del Instituto Franklin-UAH eligió por unanimidad al Dr. Francisco Sáez de Adana Herrero, catedrático del Departamento de Ciencias de la Computación de la Universidad de Alcalá, como nuevo director del Instituto Franklin-UAH. Leer más >

About our work

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About our work

Investing in knowledge since 1987

The Instituto Franklin de la Universidad de Alcalá is the only University Institute for Research on North America in Spain.

Founded in 1987, its activity focuses on postgraduate research and education related to American Studies and Bilingual Education through research projects, scholarships and grants, and its dissemination in own publications and scientific events.

As a center of the Universidad de Alcalá, its nature, composition and powers conform to the provisions of the statutes of the UAH, Chapter IX: “About University Institutes”.



The mission of the Instituto Franklin-UAH is to serve as a platform for communication, cooperation and union between Spain and North America, in order to promote mutual understanding.


To be the benchmark educational and knowledge center in American Studies.


The objectives of the Instituto Franklin-UAH are…

  • To provide a forum for the analysis and dissemination of issues related to North America, especially on the United States, with an academic and social outreach.
  • To enhance cooperation between the Universidad de Alcalá and North American institutions, paying particular attention to relationships with Hispanic communities in the United States.
  • To promote the generation of knowledge and analysis, allocating funds to research projects and to the training of new researchers in their natural scope of action.
  • Training students in a framework of academic excellence fostering the development of their professional skills.



The Institute is funded through the enrollment fees of the different academic programs it offers. Its economic activity is detailed in the Annual Financial Report of the Universidad de Alcalá.


  • The main lines of research are Hispanics in the USA, bilingual education, and North American culture and society.
  • The amount of € 150,000 is allocated each year, intended to train researchers and to disseminate the research results.
  • Publications in theTribuna norteamericana (current in the USA) and Camino Real (Hispanic in the USA) journals.
  • It promotes research by subsidizing publications of academic content.
  • It organizes international seminars and conferences.


  • Provides training for Doctors in American Studies.
  • Offers the only Master’s Degree in American Studies in Spain.
  • Teaches 4 Master’s Degrees related with International and Bilingual Education.
  • Trains American conversation assistants in Spain.
  • Receives 500 North American students annually.

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