LACS Tinker Field Research Grants


The Tinker Field Research Grant supports master's, doctoral, and professional school students conducting preliminary fieldwork in Latin America, providing them with the opportunity to establish professional and academic contacts, assess research sites, and refine their projects. Master’s candidates may research master’s theses or projects; Ph.D. students may carry out preliminary research for dissertations. Financial support covers international airfare, in-country transportation, and some field-related expenses.

Eligibility: U-M students enrolled in an M.A. degree, professional degree, and/or Ph.D. degree are eligible to apply for these awards. Priority, however, will be given to students enrolled in the LACS certificate program and those pursuing a Ph.D. degree. Master's students are encouraged to apply. 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 little or 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.

Please note that 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 research in Latin America.

Application Instructions
Please submit the following materials by 5:00p.m. on Friday, March 15th, 2013:
Application cover sheet
3-page 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
Letter of recommendation from U-M adviser

Awardees will be required to give a public presentation of their work and research experience upon coming back from the field. Generous support for these grants have been given by the Tinker Foundation, the International Institute, and LACS.

For further information, please contact LACS Assistant Director, Lenny A. Ureña, at