Tinker Field Research Grant


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Since 1979, the Tinker Field Research Grant (FRG) program has provided support to graduate students in U.S. universities to conduct pre-dissertation or master’s thesis research in the Spanish- and Portuguese-speaking countries of Latin America. Through its funding, matched by universities, the Foundation has supported more than 9,000 individuals to conduct field research in Latin America. CLACS is fortunate to be a Tinker Field Research Grant recipient for the next two years.

Funds are for pre-dissertation or master’s thesis field research in a Spanish- or Portuguese-speaking Latin American country or countries; students at the master’s or early-stage doctoral levels, or those pursuing professional degrees, are eligible. Funds are not to be used for dissertation research. (ABD students are not eligible.) The amount of the individual awards will depend on project design and budget. Funds of up to $2,500 per award (depending on budget) are to be used toward research-related travel expenses.

For both Tinker and Travel and Research Applications: Selection will be based on the proposal narrative, grade point average, letters of recommendation, and budget. Recipients of other awards (e.g. FLAS) are eligible. Applications for the fellowship will open in Spring semester. Applications should include:

  • Proposal, not to exceed 4 double-spaced pages, which describes the student’s current research project and its significance;
  • Estimated, detailed budget;
  • Unofficial transcripts from graduate work (KU Advising Report);
  • Applications should also include two letters of recommendation, emailed directly to the Brent Metz (bmetz@ku.edu) by the recommender.

If you have questions, please contact Brent Metz or stop by the Center.