Our Programs

Institutional Grants

The Foundation’s Institutional Grants program supports efforts to improve the lives of Latin Americans through functional governance systems, access to quality education, and well-managed resources.


Tinker Field Research Collaborative

The Tinker Foundation invites U.S. universities with Centers for Latin American Studies (or the equivalent) to submit applications for the Tinker Field Research Collaborative. The Foundation is launching the Collaborative to connect Centers committed to working together to enhance the impact of the student field research experience. Successful applicants will receive funding for student field research for a five-year period and will have access to opportunities for network-building and knowledge exchange. Please note, the Collaborative replaces Tinker’s prior annual selection process for field research grants, i.e., the Tinker Field Research Grants program.


Tinker Visiting Professors

Each year, distinguished scholars and practitioners from Latin America serve as Tinker Visiting Professors in five major universities in the United States.


TinkerMuse Prize for Science and Policy in Antarctica

The $100,000 prize (awarded between 2008 and 2018) recognized mid-career individuals who demonstrated excellence in Antarctic science or policy and showed distinct potential for significant contributions to our understanding of the impact of changes in climate on the continent.