Tinker Field Research Grants

2014 Tinker Field Research Grants at the Center for Latin American and Caribbean Studies (LACS)

Funding Applications due March 14, 2014

The Tinker Field Research Grants are funded by the Tinker Foundation, LACS, and the International Institute to support graduate students conducting preliminary fieldwork in Latin America. The grants provide students with the opportunity to establish professional and academic contacts, familiarize themselves with sources relevant to their studies, conduct pilot studies and preliminary investigations, and refine their projects.

Master’s candidates may use the funds for theses or research projects. Ph.D. students may use them for preliminary dissertation research. It is expected that the students’ research focus will reflect broadly the Tinker Foundation’s primary areas of interests (i.e. economic policy and governance, environmental policy; and social science disciplines with strong public policy implications), however, these awards are open to students across all academic disciplines whose research will greatly benefit from traveling to Latin America.

Awards, up to $2,500, are made based on the quality of the proposal and academic progress of the applicant. Funds cover international airfare, in-country transportation, and some field-related expenses.  

U-M students enrolled in a Master’s degree or Ph.D. degree are eligible to apply for the grant. Priority will be given to students enrolled in the LACS certificate program and those pursuing a Ph.D. degree. There are no nationality restrictions. Citizens of Latin American countries enrolled in the university may be eligible to receive awards to conduct research in their home countries as long as they have no previous field research experience in that country. Research projects are to be conducted in the Spanish- or Portuguese-speaking countries of Latin America (excluding Puerto Rico). The awards must be used for brief research trips, two weeks to four months in duration. Travel must take place between May and August, 2014.

Tinker Research Grants are not to be used for dissertation research, but rather to provide graduate students with their initial exploratory experience in developing independent research projects and conducting field work in Latin America. At least 75% of the award should be used for travel expenses.  

Grant Requirements

  • All awardees will be required to register their travel with the U-M Travel Registry on Wolverine Access and purchase U-M International Travel Health Insurance for the duration of the trip.
  • Final report (5-8 pages long) must be submitted within two weeks after travel. This report should include your name, purpose of the trip, description of activities undertaken and objectives achieved during the grant period, any previous field research or international experience, lessons learned and/or recommendations, and future research plans.
  • A report of all expended funds with original receipts must be submitted along with the final report.  
  • Awardees are required to participate in a workshop to share the results of their research in Fall 2014.  
  • Any publication, film, or other media resulting from this research experience must include acknowledgement of funding provided by the Tinker Foundation, LACS, and the International Institute.

Application Instructions

Please send the following application materials by e-mail to lacs.office@umich.edu or by mail to 1080 S. University Ave., Suite 3661, Ann Arbor, MI 48109. Completed materials must be received by 5:00 pm, Friday, March 14, 2014.

  • Application Form
  • 3-page long statement (double spaced, 12pt. font) describing the project to be undertaken and how it relates to degree program
  • Proposed itinerary and budget
  • Current U-M transcript
  • CV
  • Letter of recommendation from U-M advisor

Information Sessions (Applicants are required to attend one of these sessions)
Please let us know that you will be attending by sending an e-mail to lacs.office@umich.edu.

Thursday, January 30, at 2:00 pm, in 2609 SSWB (International Institute)
Tuesday, February 11, at 2:00 pm, in 2609 SSWB (International Institute)

The Tinker Foundation Incorporated (TFI) is an organization based in New York City whose main mission is “to promote the development of an equitable, sustainable and productive society in Latin America and to enhance understanding in the U.S. of Latin American and how U.S. policies may impact the region.” For further information, please visit the TFI website at www.tinker.org.

For questions, please contact LACS Assistant Director, Lenny A. Ureña, at lurena@umich.edu.