Research, Grants, Contracts and Other Funded Initiatives
As an Organized Research Unit (ORU) of UCSD, CILAS is charged with generating cross-disciplinary research supported by extramural funding. The CILAS Director and staff are available to work with faculty in generating these proposals and shepherding them through the UCSD Contracts and Grants office; we can also provide limited office space in support of graduate students working on grants solicited through CILAS.
Research activities at CILAS have been funded in the past by the US Department of Education, the Andrew W. Mellon Foundation, the University of California's Institute on Global Conflict and Cooperation and its Pacific Rim Research Program, among others. Currently, CILAS has two significant federal awards supporting faculty research and graduate student training.
The project "Military Transformation and the Rise of Brazil" (PI David Mares) examines the potential for Brazil to achieve major power status in the international system, its likely behavior as it rises and the likely response of current powers to the newcomer. The conditions leading to the rise of new powers and their impact on the international governance structures (whether they seek to support, modify or oppose) has been a major theoretical concern of scholars working on international affairs for decades. This project will contribute to that literature focusing on the role of science and technology in the Brazilian defense sector. The project is supported by a three year $1 million Department of Defense Minerva Research Initiative award and brings together three UCSD faculty with colleagues from the Naval Post graduate School, the University of New Hampshire and the Pontifícia Universidade Católica de Minas Gerais, Brazil and will fund up to five UCSD graduate students. The anticipated product is peer-reviewed articles on the topic and we will not engage in classified research.
invites applications from UCSD graduate students studying Latin America
2017 CILAS Dissertation/Thesis Travel Funds
This grant is generously supported by the UC San Diego Graduate Division.
Application Deadline: Monday, April 3, 2017 (Midnight)
CILAS expects to announce the awards in early May 2017.
A. UCSD APPLICANTS
1. Who can apply?
Travel grants are available to graduate students to conduct dissertation/thesis-related research in Spanish-speaking and Portuguese-speaking countries (including Portugal, Puerto Rico, Spain). Grants will be awarded to students for travel and field-related expenses for brief periods (four weeks to four months) of dissertation/thesis field research in Latin America. Individual recipients may be graduate students at the master's or doctoral level, although priority will be given to doctoral students.
Travel dates: Travel can occur after June 1, 2017 and completed by September 30, 2017. The awards may be used only for brief research trips, two weeks to four months in duration. Travel awards will be reimbursed only for authorized expenses; CILAS cannot provide funds prior to travel.
There will be a one hour information session on Wednesday, February 15, 2017 at 9:30 AM, Thursday, March 2, 2017 at 3:30 PM, in the CILAS library, located in the Gildred building at the Institute of the Americas Complex, UC San Diego.
B. SELECTION PROCESS
Grant recipients will be selected by a committee of three UCSD. The awards range from $300 to $2,000.