Tinker Pre-Dissertation Travel Grant

The Tinker Field Research Grant awards are provided for pre-dissertation field research in Latin America (Latin America is defined here as the Spanish and Portuguese-speaking countries of the Western Hemisphere, excluding Puerto Rico. Travel to Spain or Portugal is restricted to research projects related to Latin America). The intent of the award is to provide graduate students with preliminary experience developing independent research projects and conducting hands-on field research in Latin America or the Iberian Peninsula.

Awards range from $500 to $1,500 and are expected to support travel for a minimum of 2 weeks and a maximum of 4 months between June 2011 and November 2011.


Individuals may be graduate students at the master's or doctoral level. The Tinker grants are not to be used for advanced dissertation research , but rather to provide graduate students with their first experience in developing independent research projects and with conducting hands-on field research in Latin America.  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 in that country.

**There will be a brief mandatory information session about the Tinker grant on Friday, February 4 at 2:00 p.m. in the Weaver Room in the Institute of the Americas Plaza.**


The proposal should include a brief description of the applicant's research, an estimate of the work to be accomplished, future benefits of this research for the applicant, a plan for affiliation with a host institution and reciprocity in the field, and a proposed budget of costs.

Reporting Requirements

Within a month after the end of the fieldwork, all grantees will submit a two-page report to CILAS and a copy to their advisor. These reports should outline the activities during the field experience, the results of the research, and the likely future development of that line of inquiry. The copy furnished to CILAS must be accompanied by all receipts and other documentation of travel expenditures in order for CILAS to reconcile the travel award with the UCSD Travel Accounting Office.

Request to change or postpone dates of travel for either the CILAS Dissertation Grants or Tinker Research Travel Grants must be made in writing to the Director of the Center for Iberian and Latin American Studies, Dr. David Mares. Requests must be no longer than one page, and the proposed changes are subject to the Director's approval.

Requirements Of All Grant Recipients

If the project involves any contact with humans, through the acquisition of private data or interviews, the applicant must fill out a Human Research Protections Program form prior to receiving an award. To obtain approval or resolve any doubts on this issue, contact the UCSD Human Research Protections Program, La Jolla Village Professional Center, Suite A208, 8950 Villa La Jolla, La Jolla, CA, 92037, (858) 455-5050. If you do not comply, you may not be able to utilize the research findings in your thesis.

Evaluation Of Applicants

An interdisciplinary committee composed of faculty will evaluate the fellowship proposals. Faculty committee members are representative of the sciences, social sciences, humanities, and other professional schools that focus on Latin America and the Iberian Peninsula.

Applications will be on the basis of scholarly achievement and technical competence of the applicant, originality and importance of the project, and a plan for affiliation or cooperation with an appropriate institution in the proposed host country. Such plans should be initiated but need not be completed prior to the submission of the application. Proposals must be pre-dissertational research. All others will be screened out.