This fall, the University of Kansas Center for Latin American and Caribbean Studies will award Tinker Field Research Grants to graduate students for research in Latin America during Winter 2015-2016. The funds come from a prestigious grant from the Tinker Foundation and University matching funds. Interested students can find application materials and directions on the Center’s Graduate Funding Page. An information session for interested applicants will take place Friday, September 11, 2015 at 3:00 pm in Bailey Hall Room 318. Applications are due via email on October 5, 2015. The grants are open to graduate students in any field, including the natural sciences and professional programs.
The Tinker Foundation has supported the Center in the past with Field Research Grants, from 1996-1998, 2001-2004, and 2008-2011. The Foundation requires that grantees wait two years after the end of each grant period before applying again. During each of the previous Tinker funding periods, at least 60 graduate students were funded for short-term research abroad. These students went on to develop superior research proposals for external funding based on their time in the field, as well as superior dissertations and theses. Many are now faculty members themselves, while others enjoy successful careers in private industry, the nonprofit sector, and government service.
Tinker recipients often pursue projects related to public health, conservation, community development, anthropology, culture, and education. Project sites may range from the Southern Cone to the Caribbean Islands, and from countries in Central America to the border regions of Mexico. Recent grantees have visited such countries as Mexico, Haiti, the Dominican Republic, Ecuador, Peru, Argentina, Uruguay, Paraguay, and Brazil to study topics as diverse as cattle ranching, GLBTQ organizing, and the epidemiology of Chikungunya.
“Tinker Field Research Grants let graduate students go where they’ve never gone before,” said Center Director Brent Metz. “Our past experience makes it clear that they find the opportunity to make contacts and conduct exploratory research in the field a life-transforming experience. Our past Tinker fellows have done well in national competitions for larger research grants and on the job market. Many go on to dedicate their lives to Latin American issues.”