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Field Research Grants

Grants to USA Universities to Enable Graduate
Students to do Field Work in Latin America

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Tinker Foundation Incorporated (TFI)

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Grants of up to $15,000 to USA universities to help cover the travel expenses of graduate students seeking to do field work in Latin America. Funding is intended to help graduate students with little or no previous field experience to conduct pre-dissertation research in any discipline. For the purposes of this grant, Latin America will be defined as the Spanish-and Portuguese-speaking countries of the region.

The goal of the program is to offer students an opportunity to acquire a comprehensive knowledge of language, terrain, and culture; to familiarize them with information sources relevant to their studies; to conduct pilot studies and preliminary investigations that will inform their dissertation proposals; and to develop contacts with scholars and institutions in their fields of study.

Please note: Grants are intended for accredited United States universities with Centers or Institutes of Latin American Studies.

The following criteria will be considered in the Foundation's selection process:

- Quality of the overall program in Latin American Studies, with particular emphasis on its graduate component.
- Immediate benefits to the Latin American Studies program that will result from the availability of Field Research Grants at the university.
- Level of general university support for Latin American Studies as demonstrated by past commitments and future projects.

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GrantWatch ID#: 175519

Estimated Size of Grant:

Applicants may apply for $10,000 or $15,000.

Term of Contract:

A Field Research Grant may be renewed two times for a total of three years of support.

Additional Eligibility Criteria:

The Tinker Field Research Grants competition is open to accredited United States universities with Centers or Institutes of Latin American Studies. The university must offer a Ph.D. degree with a concentration in Latin American Studies, although it need not grant a doctorate specifically in the field. For example, a Center or Institute is eligible to apply if the university of which it is a part offers either a Ph.D. in Latin American history or a Ph.D. in history with a concentration on Latin America.

Collaboration: Two or more Centers or Institutes may submit a joint application for a Tinker Field Research Grants award. Each university must contribute a portion of the matching requirement. Successful applicants will receive a single award, but each institution must participate in the administration of the program. Joint recipients are subject to all the regulations governing the Tinker Field Research Grants as detailed in the program guidelines.

Individual students should contact their university's Center/Institute of Latin American Studies for applications.

Pre-Application Information:

Applications must be received by October 1, 2017.

Successful Centers or Institutes must match the award with a minimum of the amount awarded with funds from the university or other sources. The matching monies must be unencumbered, real monies. Overhead and faculty time are not deemed eligible to meet the matching funds requirement.

Individual students should contact their university's Center/Institute of Latin American Studies to apply for a travel grant.

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Before starting your grant application, please review the funding source's website listed below for updates/changes/addendums/conferences/LOIs.

Send one copy of your proposal by mail to:

Ms. Renate Rennie, President
Tinker Foundation Incorporated
55 E. 59th Street
New York, NY 10022

Meg Cushing, Associate Director
(212) 421-6858 x123

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