Funding Opportunities

Graduate Summer Fellowships

CLACS 2021 SUMMER GRADUATE RESEARCH FELLOWSHIPS

The Center for Latin American and Caribbean Studies announces our call for applications for our 2020 Summer Research Fellowships. These fellowships are meant to provide support research travel to Latin America for graduate students in the early stages of dissertation research. Students may apply to any of the four programs below:

Tinker Foundation Fellowship 

Awards are intended primarily to support research related for graduate students at the master’s or doctoral level wishing to conduct research in Latin America. The Tinker Foundation defines Latin America as the Spanish and Portuguese-speaking countries of the Western Hemisphere; it does not include Puerto Rico, Belize, or the Iberian Peninsula. Any graduate student with Latin American-related interests is eligible to apply. Students who have already achieved ABD status are not eligible to apply as the award is not intended for advanced dissertation research. Citizens of Latin American countries enrolled at UIUC may receive awards to conduct research in their home countries if they have no previous field research experience related to the proposed project in that country.

Whitten Fellowship

Awards are intended primarily to support research related for graduate students at the master’s or doctoral level wishing to conduct research in Latin America. Any graduate student with Latin American-related interests is eligible to apply. Students who have already achieved ABD status are not eligible to apply as the award is not intended for advanced dissertation research. Citizens of Latin American countries enrolled at UIUC may receive awards to conduct research in their home countries if they have no previous field research experience related to the proposed project in that country.

Kilby Fellowship

Thanks to the generous support of Professor Werner Baer (Economics), the Center for Latin American and Caribbean Studies announces the competition for this fellowship to graduate students working in Latin America.  This fellowship is intended for Ph.D. students who have reached ABD status.

Love Fellowship

Thanks to the generous support of Professor Joseph Love (History), the Center for Latin American and Caribbean Studies announces the competition for this fellowship to graduate students working in Latin America. This fellowship is intended for Ph.D. students who have reached ABD status.

COVID-19 Addendum

While SGRF fellowships traditionally are intended to support research travel to Latin America, due to the uncertainties around when international travel will again be safe, this year we will ONLY be accepting applications for remote research projects.  As such, funds may be requested for the following:

  • Access to digital resources such as archives, subscriptions, etc.
  •  Access to primary documents such as books, subscriptions, etc.
  • Software required for research
  • Hardware equipment, not to exceed $200
  • Transcription, translation, and interpretation services
  • Compensation for local collaborators at the field research site (Note: such arrangements must follow university guidelines, and reflect relevant ethical and health/safety measures
  • Connectivity (internet access, phone cards, etc.) for local researcher collaborators, research partner organizations, or field sites

Please direct any questions about allowable expenses to Dr. Kasia Szremski (szremski@illinois.edu)

 

To Apply:

Applications should include the following:

  • Application Coversheet (click to download) 
  • Current Transcript (unofficial is fine)
  •  Title Page with Abstract (200-word max)
  •  Brief Project Narrative (max 5 pages double-spaced, size 12 font).
  •  References Cited
  •  Detailed Budget and budget justification
  • Proof that you have applied for IRB approval or a petition for IRB waiver (waivers will only be granted to individuals who are NOT working with human or animal subjects – all research involving human or animal subjects MUST have the appropriate approvals – if your proposal is selected for funding you MUST provide evidence that your project has IRB approval BEFORE funds will be disbursed)
  •  Two letters of reference to be uploaded separately here. 

All materials (except for letters of reference which should be submitted directly by the recommender) should be combined into one PDF and uploaded here.  Please click here to upload your application.

Applications and letters of reference are due by February 19th, 2021 at 11:59 pm central time

Questions about application procedures can be directed to Dr. Kasia Szremski at szremski@illinois.edu.