Tinker Field Research Collaborative


Updated November 7, 2019 

The Tinker Foundation announces its call for applications for the Tinker Field Research Collaborative, which is open to university Centers for Latin American Studies or their equivalent. Please see the Call for Applications for more information. To begin the application process for the Collaborative, please register here.

2019 marked the fortieth anniversary of the Foundation's legacy Field Research Grant (FRG) program. It was launched in 1979 to provide support to graduate students in U.S. universities to conduct research in Latin America. When created, the program objectives were to 1) promote the study of Latin America by U.S. graduate students by directly supporting research, and 2) foster contact and relationship-building between U.S. and Latin American individuals and institutions.

In the last 40 years, Tinker granted more than $6.5 million (matched by over $4 million from the universities) to more than 40 U.S. universities, supporting field work in Latin America for nearly 9,000 individuals. Today, approximately a third of FRG recipients are citizens of Latin American countries enrolled in U.S. graduate programs.

Tinker used this meaningful milestone as an opportunity to assess the continued relevance, effectiveness, efficiency, and impact its field research grantmaking. The evaluation, conducted independently by the Institute of International Education, concluded that the program is “a highly useful, cost-effective, and impactful opportunity for graduate students.” The evaluation also provided recommendations, drawn from student and Center feedback, on potential strategic and administrative improvements. Tinker considered these recommendations as well as its own grantmaking experience in the decision to create the Tinker Field Research Collaborative.

Call for Applications for 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. With forty years of experience in funding field research in Latin America, Tinker is launching the Collaborative to connect Centers committed to working together to enhance the impact of the student field research experience. Successful applicants to the Collaborative will receive field research grant funding for their Centers for a five-year period and have access to opportunities for network-building and knowledge exchange. The Collaborative replaces Tinker’s prior annual selection process for field research grants, i.e., the Tinker Field Research Grants program.

The Call for Applications outlines the background, objectives, eligibility considerations, and application and award process for the Tinker Field Research Collaborative.