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Funding Available: Tinker Graduate Research Award

2022 Award Competition

We are happy to announce the 2022 Tinker Foundation-LACSI Graduate Field Research Award Competition.  Travel awards are granted to highly qualified University of Georgia graduate students from any discipline, interested in conducting preliminary graduate field research in the Spanish or Portuguese-speaking Latin American and Caribbean region (excluding Puerto Rico) during 2022.  All masters or doctoral students with an interest in carrying out graduate research in Latin America are encouraged to apply!  The deadline for submission of all application elements is 5:00 PM Monday, May 2, 2022.  Award recipients will be notified during the week of May 9 -13, 2022.  Please make all graduate students with an interest in the Latin American & Caribbean region aware of this travel award! ¡Gracias¡

This is the link to apply.  It also includes important information concerning guidelines and eligibility for application as well as successful sample proposals:

Majecstic Tinker

Guidelines and Eligibility for Application

  • Applicant must be an enrolled graduate student at the University of Georgia and maintain satisfactory academic progress as defined by the University of Georgia.
  • Master’s or doctoral students in the preliminary stages of graduate study with little or no international field research experience are encouraged to apply.
  • Graduate students from all University of Georgia colleges and schools are encouraged to apply.
  • Applicant must have adequate Spanish or Portuguese language skills to be able to independently carry out research activities in the target country.  Language assessments for Spanish can be done through the UGA Romance Languages department via Catherine Simpson ( and LACSI staff/TAs for Portuguese (email LACSI’s Paul Duncan to arrange).  Paul Duncan ( at LACSI can also carry out Spanish language assessments.
  • A Graduate Field Research proposal should be no more than 4-5 pages (including title page), double-space, 12 pt. font.  The title page should include: 1) a project/research title, 2) your full name, 3) your citizenship, 4) your department/school, 5) degree sought, 6) the academic year you started your PhD or master's program, and 5) your email address. 
  • A letter of recommendation from a faculty member in your department is encouraged.

Note: If the target country for research currently carries a State Department or CDC Travel Warning, please see specific information outlining cities/states/regions of concern within that country with this designation. Please see the UGA Office of Global Engagement and the Graduate School’s policy on Travel Warnings by reviewing the Travel Advisories page.

The UGA Office of Global Engagement will communicate with recipients of the award to provide information regarding waivers and insurance requirements.

Samples of Successful Graduate Field Research Proposals:

  1. Sample 1
  2. Sample 2 
  3. Sample 3

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