Call for proposals: 2017 Tinker Field Research Grant and CLLAS Graduate Research Grant

The Center For Latino/a and Latin American Studies (CLLAS) is excited to announce the first round of Tinker Field Research Grants in Latin American Studies. CLLAS invites graduate students to submit proposals for field research in Latin America (Spanish or Portuguese speaking countries). CLLAS expects to award at least six grants for up to $4,000 each to advance research for either master’s or pre-dissertation doctoral candidates. Professional degree-seekers are also welcome.

The submission form can be found here.

The deadline for proposal submission is 12 pm, Friday, March 3rd.

Note: The Tinker Field Research Grants is in addition to the CLLAS Summer Research Grants. Information for these grants can be found here.

CLLAS will host an information session on Monday, February 20, 12-1:30 in Hendricks 330, Jane Grant Room. This will be a good opportunity for students to ask questions about the Tinker Field Research Grants.

The Board of Directors of the Tinker Foundation recently approved a matching grant of $10,000—renewable for three years—to the University of Oregon to initiate a Tinker Field Research Grants Program within the Center for Latino/a & Latin American Studies (CLLAS). Thanks to matching funds being contributed from the UO Office of Academic Affairs and the Graduate School, CLLAS now has $20,000 available each of three years to sponsor graduate student research.
The Tinker Field Research Grants are open to students across all academic disciplines and graduate degree programs. The grants are to assist master’s and doctoral students with travel and field-related expenses for brief periods of field research in Latin America. A detailed call for proposals will be available soon on the CLLAS website.
CLLAS interim director Gabriela Martínez, an associate professor in the School of Journalism and Communication, expressed her delight at the award. “First, I would like to thank CLLAS executive board members who teamed up to produce a highly competitive proposal—Eli Meyer from CLLAS, Erin Beck from political science, Pedro García-Caro from romance languages and Latin American studies, and Lori O’Hollaren from the Global Studies Institute, as well as Lynn Stephen from anthropology and Carlos Aguirre from history. This grant recognizes the growth and strength of CLLAS as a research center that with very limited resources has been promoting and funding excellent graduate student and faculty research. The grant will serve as seed money to enhance CLLAS’s support for graduate student research in Latin America.”
Over the past five years, CLLAS has received 70 applications from graduate students from fields as diverse as music, architecture, sociology, philosophy, psychology, linguistics, biological anthropology, political science, history, journalism and communications, and romance languages. Of these, CLLAS has contributed funds to support 23 students’ travels to locations in the United States, Guatemala, Mexico, Cuba, Colombia, Brazil, Bolivia, Chile, and Ecuador. There are currently at least 30 graduate students in residence at the UO conducting doctoral research in the area of Latin American studies in various departments.
The University of Oregon joins a short list of prestigious universities that currently administer Tinker Field Research Grant Programs, including UCLA, UC Berkeley, Brown University, Columbia University, and Indiana University.
Pedro García-Caro, director of the UO Latin American Studies Program, said that he looks forward “to working on these further and moving on now to putting forward a graduate certificate in Latin American studies that will greatly complement these grants.”
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