Deadline: April 1st, 2015

The Center for Latin American Studies (CLAS) invites graduate students to apply for the CLAS Field Research Grants. The CLAS Field Research Grants are intended to complement the Tinker Field Research Grants. The internationally-recognized Tinker Field Research Grants provide funding for graduate students in all disciplines to conduct pre-dissertation research in Latin America (defined by the Tinker Foundation as “the Spanish- and Portuguese-speaking countries of the Western Hemisphere and excluding Puerto Rico”). The CLAS Field Research Grants provide funding to graduate students working on countries, regions, and populations not covered by the Tinker Grants. These include, but are not limited to: Haiti, Puerto Rico, the Anglophone and Francophone Caribbean, and Latina/o populations in the United States.

We feel that it is fundamental to the mission of CLAS to support research on the greater Caribbean region and the connections among the United States, Latin America, the Caribbean, and other parts of the world.


ELIGIBILITY

Students who can apply to the Tinker Field Research Grants cannot not apply to the CLAS Field Research Grants. These two programs complement one another, and students may only apply to one of the two grants.

Grant recipients may be students at the master’s or doctoral level, although priority will be given to doctoral students in the early stages of their studies. Please note: the CLAS Field Research Grants must be used for pre-dissertation travel and research only and is not designed as a substitute for advanced dissertation funding. Pre-dissertation funding will help University of Miami’s top graduate students to develop cutting-edge research projects and to gain firsthand knowledge. These experiences increase significantly the ability of graduate students to secure external funding for their subsequent dissertation research.

Graduate students from all University of Miami Schools, Colleges, and Departments are welcome to apply, including, but not limited to, those in the social sciences, STEM disciplines, law, humanities, music, education, and architecture. Non-US citizens are eligible to apply.

Awards will not exceed $2,000 per student. The pre-dissertation research trip must be completed by August 31st, 2015.


APPLICATION SUBMISSION

Students will submit a full application electronically no later than April 1st, 2015. The application will consist of the following items:

  • CLAS Field Research Grants Application Form. Please contact CLAS Interim Director, Eduardo Elena (edelena@miami.edu) to receive the form.
  • Statement describing the research travel and project to be undertaken and how it relates to degree program (Max. 5 pages long, 12 pt. font, double spaced)
  • Proposed itinerary and itemized budget
  • Current University of Miami graduate transcript
  • CV
  • Letter of recommendation from advisor

Please send your full electronic application package to CLAS Director of Research, Eduardo Elena (edelena@miami.edu) in one single .pdf file.

If you are interested in excellent advice on writing proposals for research funding, we suggest Adam Pzreworski and Frank Salomon, On The Art of Writing Proposals (Social Science Research Council, 1995 rev., 1988).


SELECTION PROCESS
  • CLAS will convene an interdisciplinary committee of faculty with expertise in Latin American, Caribbean, and Latino/a Studies from across UM. The committee will select the awardees and determine any adjustments or changes to the proposed budget.
  • CLAS will notify applicants of the committee's decision in mid-April. Before departure, awardees will be required to attend an orientation meeting to review the program requirements, UM policies and program rules for spending research funds, and guidelines for reimbursement.

REPORTING REQUIREMENTS

A narrative and financial report of the pre-dissertation research trip must be submitted to CLAS by September 1st, 2015. The narrative report of three pages will include a description of the activities undertaken, research results, and an explanation of the next stages of the research project. A one-page financial report will present a complete account of expended funds.

Upon their return, awardees will be expected to submit an abstract for participation in the Annual South Florida Latin American and Caribbean Studies Graduate Student Conference. In addition to presenting their findings at this conference, students will present their research results to students and faculty members at a session organized by CLAS during the academic year following their fieldwork. Awardees will be requested to submit to CLAS any papers or other materials developed as a result of the award. These materials or a portion of them may be featured on the CLAS website.


GUIDELINES FOR DISBURSEMENT

Grant recipients will be reimbursed through UM's standard Electronic Business Expense Reimbursement Form (eBERF) upon their return from the field. Students will be responsible for completing all the necessary paperwork. CLAS staff will assist them in filing the eBERF if necessary. Original receipts will be required.