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For Graduate Students

CLACS contributes to graduate education and training at Brown by supporting students' development through courses and events and providing funding for summer fieldwork in Latin America and the Caribbean as well as dissertation fellowships. The Center also sponsors interdisciplinary graduate colloquia where students are given an opportunity to present and get feedback on their research from peers and faculty members. Our affiliated students come from a wide range of departments across campus, including Africana Studies, Anthropology, Archaeology, Comparative Literature, Enivronmental Science, Economics, Hispanic Studies, History, Music, Political Science, Portuguese and Brazilian Studies, Public Policy, and Sociology.

For specific information about graduate study at Brown University, please contact the appropriate Academic Unit or the Graduate School.

Tinker Foundation Field Research Grant

The Center for Latin American and Caribbean Studies (CLACS) holds a multi-year Field Research Grant from the Tinker Foundation. The grant supports pre-dissertation fieldwork in Latin America and the Caribbean by Brown doctoral students from all disciplines.

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Certificate Program in Latin American Studies

The Center for Latin American and Caribbean Studies is proud to announce a doctoral specialization certificate program open to enrolled PhD students. This new initiative at Brown is designed to extend expertise into interdisciplinary areas and to certify training beyond the home Ph.D. discipline. It promises to advance student careers as well as promote intellectual exchange and community in these academic areas.

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Sarmiento Research Award for Latin American Studies

The Sarmiento Flexible Fund can be used to support social science or humanities research on Spanish-speaking South America focusing on the period after 1830. All recipients must be natives or residents of a country in the region. CLACS will publish a call for proposals for the 2018 Sarmiento Research Awards later this year. Brown faculty, post-doctoral fellows, graduate students, and undergraduate students who meet the above criteria are welcome to apply for up to $5,000 of support.

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Interdisciplinary Opportunity for CLACS Graduate Affiliates

CLACS encourages all 5th and 6th year humanities and social sciences graduate students to apply for the Interdisciplinary Opportunity we will host next year. This opportunity allows dissertating students to determine what academic experience would most benefit them - teaching an independent course on a Latin American or Caribbean topic, designing a workshop, etc. - and engage in it with mentorship and support from CLACS faculty and staff. The deadline is January 30. (Note that CLACS will no longer be offering Cogut Dissertation Fellowships beginning with the 2017-2018 academic year.) 

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Reading Groups

Each academic year, CLACS offers funding for student/faculy reading groups. Groups are required to meet at least four times per academic year in order to read interdisciplinary scholarship, dialogue with invited visitors, and/or workshop participants’ writing. It is expected that groups are open to anyone interested, draw from at least two departments, and have at least 5 regular members including at least one faculty member and one graduate student.