Center for Latin American Studies field research grants

Center Field Research Grants

The Center for Latin American Studies (LAS) sponsors a Field Research Grant Competition to support graduate student research in Latin America and the Caribbean. Research in the United States on a Latino Studies topic and research in Spain or Portugal on some aspect of Latin America are also supported. Awards are typically between $500 and $2,000 each, depending on travel costs to the research site, the availability of funds, and whether the recipient has received research funding from other sources. Funding can be used for international travel, in-country travel, lodging, meals, and other research-related expenses.

The Center’s Field Research Competition is made possible by the Boonstra Family Research Fellowship, the William Carter Fellowship, the Carol French Doughty Memorial Fund, the Nolan Graduate Fellowship, the Panama Canal Museum Research Fund, the Charles Wagley Research Fellowship, and the A. Curtis Wilgus Fellowship.

Important Information:

  • The competition is open to graduate students from across the University of Florida campus. Priority will be given to applicants pursuing a Graduate Certificate or a M.A. in Latin American Studies.
  • Due to the number of applications, only one grant can be awarded per student per degree.
  • Support is available for Master’s thesis research and preliminary doctoral dissertation field visits (Ph.D. students who have advanced to candidacy are NOT eligible).
  • Recipients must spend at least two weeks in the field. In most cases, recipients spend between 4 to 6 weeks in the field.
  • If the recipient’s research involves human or animal subjects, IRB approval is required before traveling to research site. Students should plan to complete their field work by October 15. Extensions may be granted but require prior approval.
  • Students proposing to do research related to environmental conservation or sustainable development are not eligible to apply and should instead apply to the Tropical Conservation and Development (TCD) Field Research Grant Program.

Application Requirements

The following materials are required:

  • A completed LAS Field Research Grant Application
  • A completed Field Research Grant Budget Form
  • UF Transcript (unofficial copy OK)
  • One letter of recommendation from the student’s adviser (or suitable substitute), accompanied by the Release Form
  • An abstract of no more than 250 words explaining the project in non-technical language.
  • A timetable for the proposed research project. PhD level proposals should outline the overall dissertation project and specify the goals of this particular proposal.
  • A proposalof no more than 4 single-spaced pages. The proposal should:

o   Specify the problem to be addressed

o   State the proposed research objectives and methods

o   Indicate prior preparation or previous related work undertaken

o   Locate the proposed study within the relevant scholarly literature.

o   Emphasize the feasibility of the project and explain the significance of the topic.

o   A one page bibliography may be appended to the proposal

The Center encourages proposals that cross disciplinary boundaries and have broad scholarly appeal. Candidates should keep in mind that the committee members will be drawn from diverse disciplines and are advised to craft their proposal in a way that is accessible to non-specialists.

Application Deadline: March 9, 2015

Electronic submission required. Please send documents:

  • As a single PDF file
  • With all the required documents in the same order as listed above
  • The recommendation letter should be sent directly by email to the contact below

Information and Submission

Wanda Carter, Program Assistant 316 Grinter Hall E-mail: wcarter@latam.ufl.edu