Tinker Foundation: Field Research Grants

Tinker Foundation

Grant amount: US $10,000 - US $15,000

Anticipated deadline: Oct 1, 2019

Applicant type: Graduate Student College / University

Funding uses: Research

Location of project: Caribbean, Central America, South America

Location of residency: United States

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The Tinker Foundation’s Field Research Grants Program is designed to provide budding scholars with a first-hand experience of their region of study, regardless of academic discipline.  

The grants provide graduate students with funds for travel to and within Latin America to conduct pre-dissertation research. These awards allow students to acquire a comprehensive knowledge of language and culture, familiarize themselves with information sources relevant to their studies, conduct pilot studies and preliminary investigations, and develop contacts with scholars and institutions in their respective fields. 

Grants are administered through participating universities' centers for Latin American studies. Individual students should contact their university's center for Latin American studies (or related program) for information and application materials. 

Tinker Field Research Grants are awarded to university Centers or Institutes of Latin American Studies for the provision of travel grants to graduate students with little or no previous field experience so they can conduct pre-dissertation research in specific regions of Latin America defined here as the Spanish- and Portuguese-speaking countries of the region.

Award Levels

Two levels of support in the Field Research Grants competition are available – $10,000 and $15,000 per annum.  Programs that are less developed and/or relatively new are encouraged to apply for the $10,000 level award.

You can learn more about this opportunity by visiting the funder's website.


  • The Tinker Field Research Grants competition is open to accredited United States universities with Centers or Institutes of Latin American Studies.
    •  The university must offer a Ph.D. degree with a concentration in Latin American Studies, although it need not grant a doctorate specifically in the field.
    • For example, a Center or Institute is eligible to apply if the university of which it is a part offers either a Ph.D. in Latin American history or a Ph.D. in history with a concentration on Latin America.
  • Successful Centers or Institutes must match the award with a minimum of the amount awarded with funds from the university or other sources. 
  • Two or more Centers or Institutes may submit a joint application for a Tinker Field Research Grants award. 
    • Each university must contribute a portion of the matching requirement. 
  • Awards are open to students across all academic disciplines.
  • Pre-dissertation doctoral students and those seeking master’s or professional degrees are eligible to apply for support.
  • Individual recipients may be graduate students at the master's or early stages of the doctoral level studies, including those pursuing professional degrees.
  • Citizens of Latin American countries enrolled at United States institutions are eligible to receive awards to conduct research in their home countries provided they have no previous field research experience in that country. 


  • The Tinker Field Research Grants are not to be used for advanced dissertation research.

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