Date:  February 9, 2012

To:    All UF Graduate Students

Cc:    All UF Graduate Coordinators and Staff

From:  UF Center for Latin American Studies

RE:    March 12: Deadline to Apply for UF Latin American Studies Summer Field Research Grants

The Center for Latin American Studies sponsors a Field Research Grant Competition to support graduate student research in Latin America and the Caribbean. Research in the United States on a Latino Studies topic and research in Spain or Portugal on some aspect of Latin America are also supported. Awards are typically between $500 and $2,000 each, depending on travel costs to the research site, the availability of funds, and whether the recipient has received research funding from other sources.  Funding can be used for international travel, in-country travel, lodging, meals, and other research-related expenses.

The competition is open to graduate students from across the University of Florida campus.  Support is available for Master's thesis research and preliminary doctoral dissertation field visits (doctoral students should not have advanced to candidacy at the time the research is to be conducted). Recipients must spend six weeks in the field.  Priority will be given to applicants pursuing a Graduate Certificate or a M.A. in Latin American Studies. Due to the number of applications, only one grant can be awarded per student per degree.
Students proposing to do research related to environmental conservation or sustainable development are not eligible to apply and should instead apply to the Tropical Conservation and Development (TCD) Field Research Grant Program (see below).

International students should be aware that their grants may be taxed at the rate of 30%.  US residents and citizens should be aware that receipt of a grant may affect federal financial aid eligibility
The Center's Field Research Competition is made possible by the Center's state funding, the Boonstra Family Research Fellowship, the William Carter Fellowship, the Carol French Doughty Memorial Fund, the Panama Canal Museum Research Fund, the Tinker Foundation, the Charles Wagley Research Fellowship, and the A. Curtis Wilgus Fellowship. 

Application Requirements

The following materials are required:

-- A completed Application Form:   

-- A completed Budget Form:  

-- UF Transcript (unofficial copy OK) 

-- One letter of recommendation from the student's adviser (or suitable substitute), accompanied by the Release Form:
-- An abstract of no more than 250 words explaining the project in non-technical language. 

-- A proposal, of no more than 4 single-spaced pages (a one-page bibliography may be appended to the proposal). The proposal should specify the problem to be addressed, the proposed research objectives and methods, indicate prior preparation or previous related work undertaken, and should locate the proposed study within the relevant scholarly literature. The proposal should emphasize the feasibility of the project and explain the significance of the topic. The Center encourages proposals that cross disciplinary boundaries and have broad scholarly appeal.  Candidates should keep in mind that the committee members will be drawn from diverse disciplines and are advised to craft their proposal in a way that is accessible to non-specialists.

-- A timetable, for the proposed research project. PhD level proposals should outline the overall dissertation project and specify the goals of this particular proposal.

Application Deadline
March 12, 2012

Information and Submission 

Submit complete application packets to:

Wanda Carter, Program Assistant
Center for Latin American Studies
University of Florida
316 Grinter Hall
PO Box 115530
Gainesville, FL 32611-5530
Telephone: 352-273-4709
Fax: 352-392-7682
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Or for additional information, contact:

Patricia Sampaio, Program Coordinator
343 Grinter Hall
PO Box 115530
Gainesville, FL 32611-5530
Telephone: 352-273-4734
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