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Field Research Grants

Grants to USA Universities to Support Graduate
Student Field Research in Latin America

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Tinker Foundation Incorporated (TFI)

Deadline Date:

10/01/19 11:59 EST


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Grants of $10,000 and grants of $15,000 to USA universities to support graduate student field research in Latin America. This grant program provides graduate students with funds to cover travel expenses to conduct thesis/pre-dissertation research. Students from all academic disciplines and graduate degree programs are eligible.

The Tinker Foundation’s Field Research Grants are awarded to universities with Centers or Institutes of Latin American Studies for the provision of travel grants to graduate students with little or no previous field experience so they can conduct pre-dissertation or thesis research in Latin America (defined here 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 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 or theses; and to develop contacts with scholars and institutions in their fields of study. Pre-dissertation doctoral students and those seeking master’s or professional degrees are eligible to apply for support.

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

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

The Tinker Field Research Grants, comprising Tinker Foundation and matching funds, are to be used for grants to individuals for travel and field-related expenses for brief periods of pre-dissertation or thesis field research in Latin America, defined here as the Spanish- and Portuguese-speaking countries of the region.  Awards are open to students from all academic disciplines.

All funds – those provided by the Foundation as well as the matching monies – must be disbursed to students in modest grants.  The awards may be used at any time during the calendar year but must be utilized only for brief research trips, two weeks to four months in duration. 

GrantWatch ID#:

GrantWatch ID#: 175519

Estimated Size of Grant:

Two levels of support in the Field Research Grants competition are available – $10,000 and $15,000 per annum. Programs that are less developed and/or relatively new are encouraged to apply for the $10,000 level award.

Term of Contract:

- Each award will be for one year, with the possibility of one renewal.
- The awards may be used at any time during the calendar year.

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.)

Individual recipients must be graduate students at the master's or early-stage doctoral levels, or pursuing professional degrees. The Tinker Field Research Grants are not to be used for advanced dissertation research; they are intended to provide graduate students with early experience conducting field research in Latin America and the opportunity to develop independent research projects. Citizens of Latin American countries enrolled at United States institutions are eligible to receive awards to conduct research in their home countries provided they have not had previous field research experience in that country. Grant recipients should be selected by a representative committee incorporating faculty members from the sciences, social sciences, humanities and professional schools with significant experience in Latin America.

Pre-Application Information:

2019 applications must be submitted online by Tuesday, October 1 at 11:59 EST. Awards will be announced in mid-December and payments will be disbursed by December 31.

Centers applying for funding in 2019 deadline will submit proposals through the online grant managment system, Fluxx. If you have any questions, please contact Avi Richman.

Centers receiving the $10,000 grant must distribute a minimum of six awards. Centers receiving the $15,000 grant must distribute a minimum of nine awards.

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 fund requirement. The total sum of the Tinker Foundation award plus the matching, unrestricted funds from the university or other sources must be allocated to individual recipients to cover the cost of international and in-country travel and limited field-related expenses. No administrative costs may be deducted.

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.

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

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

To submit a Field Research Grant application complete an eligibility quiz here:

Current grant recipients and applicants with login credentials may access records through the Tinker Foundation Inquiry & Grant System:

Avi Richman, Program Officer
(212) 421-6858 x 131

Angelina Pienczykowski, Grants Manager
(212) 421-6858 x 124

Tinker Foundation
55 E. 59th Street New York, NY 10022
(212) 421-6858

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