Field Research Grants

Students from Vanderbilt University. Credit: Beth Koontz
Students from Vanderbilt University analyze skeletal remains in the south-central highlands of Peru. Credit: Beth Koontz

The Tinker Foundation’s Field Research Grants Program is designed to provide budding scholars with a first-hand experience of their region of study, regardless of academic discipline.  They are awarded to universities with a well-defined Latin America area-studies program. 

Grants are administered through the participating universities' centers for Latin American studies. The Guidelines and Application page offers more information for faculty and administrators who are interested in applying on behalf of their universities.

The grants provide graduate students with funds for travel to and within Latin America to conduct pre-dissertation/thesis research. The awards allow students to acquire a comprehensive knowledge of language and culture, familiarize themselves with information sources relevant to their studies, conduct pilot studies and preliminary investigations, and develop contacts with scholars and institutions in their respective fields.

Individual students should contact their university's Latin American studies center (or related program) for information and application materials. Visit the Grants Awarded section to view the complete list of universities that currently administer Tinker Field Research Grants.