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. 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.
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 Charles Wagley Research Fellowship, and the A. Curtis Wilgus Fellowship.
Through support from the U.S. Department of Education, the Center for Latin American Studies offers Foreign Language and Area Studies (FLAS) Academic Year Fellowships to support training in Brazilian Portuguese and Haitian Creole.
For graduate students, the fellowship covers tuition and fees for 12 graduate credit hours per semester, provides a stipend of $17,000 total for the 2015-16 academic year (fall 2015 and spring 2016 semesters), and includes GatorGradCare coverage.
For undergraduate students, the fellowship covers tuition and fees not already covered by other financial aid or scholarships (up to a maximum of $10,000 for the academic year) and provides a scholarship of $5000 total for the 2015-16 academic year ($2500 each for the fall 2015 and spring 2016 semesters).
Eligibility Requirements: Applicants must be (or applying to become) full-time UF graduate or undergraduate students who are U.S. citizens or permanent residents. Undergraduate applicants must have at least intermediate proficiency in Portuguese or Haitian Creole. There is no proficiency requirement for graduate applicants.
Priority will be given to applicants pursuing a Master’s degree, graduate certificate, or undergraduate minor/certificate in Latin American Studies. Professional school students are also encouraged to apply. Applications are reviewed by the Center’s Financial Aid Committee.
Fellowship Requirements: Each semester, recipients must enroll in a minimum of 3 credit hours of Portuguese or Haitian Creole and at least 3 credits of Latin American area studies. Recipients are also required to take language proficiency exams and to complete online reports about their fellowship on a semester basis. After the fellowship period is completed, recipients will complete a short survey about their job placement every two years.
Two page statement of purpose describing how the study of Brazilian Portuguese or Haitian Creole and Latin American area studies will benefit your program of study and career plans.
Two letters of recommendation* accompanied by Release Form. For graduate students, one of the letters should be from your adviser, unless you are a new UF applicant. UF academic transcript; new UF applicants may submit photocopies from previous universities or colleges.
materials to UF Center for Latin American Studies at 319 Grinter Hall,
PO Box 115530, Gainesville, FL 32611 or to Wanda Carter at firstname.lastname@example.org
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