Deadline: April 6th, 2015

The University of Miami (UM) Center for Latin American Studies (CLAS) is pleased to announce the availability of graduate field research grants for the 2014-15 academic year. These awards are specifically designed to support field work conducted by UM graduate students in the early stages of their research projects in Latin America and the Caribbean. CLAS will award field research grants on a competitive basis, giving preference to PhD students, although Master's students may apply. These grants are intended to support field research in all disciplines, including STEM (science, technology, engineering, and mathematics) areas of study.

Consistent with its mission, CLAS created this program to contribute to the training of graduate students with a substantial research interest in these regions. The purpose of these grants is to enable students to develop a network of professional contacts, conduct preliminary dissertation research, and become familiar with sources of information that are relevant to their projects.


ELIGIBILITY

On a competitive basis, awards will be granted to UM graduate students to conduct pre-dissertation research. Awards may not be used to attend conferences or similar meetings. The maximum grant amount is $1,500. This award is not intended to fully fund field research expenses. Thus students are encouraged to seek additional sources of funding. Students cannot receive this award more than once.


APPLICATION SUBMISSION

Students will submit a full application electronically no later than April 6th, 2015. The application will consist of the following items:

  • A five-page proposal (single space, font size 12) describing the work to be conducted and its significance, the theoretical background to the project, the names of research contacts in the field, in-country institutional affiliation, an explanation of the selection of field site(s), the duration of the project, and an itinerary
  • A one-page bibliography
  • Proof of language competency and a statement explaining how the proposed field research fits within the student's program at UM
  • A one-page, itemized budget
  • A copy of the student's graduate transcripts
  • The student's CV (two pages maximum)
  • A letter of recommendation from a faculty member who will supervise the student's research project

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


SELECTION PROCESS
  • CLAS will convene a committee of faculty with expertise in Latin American and Caribbean Studies from across Schools and Colleges at 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 early May or before.
  • 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

Financial and narrative reports must be submitted to CLAS within thirty days of the student's return from the field. The narrative report of five 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

CLAS will award three field research grants per academic year. Awards will not exceed $1,500. They will include 75% for travel expenses, including airfare, local transportation, in-country flights, and car rentals, and 25% for field-related expenses, including food, accommodations, research expenses, health insurance, visas, and other expenditures.

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.