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Graduate Student Opportunities

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.  

For more information on the program offered by CLACS, including admission requirements, click here.


Tinker Foundation Field Research Grant

The Center for Latin American and Caribbean Studies (CLACS) has been awarded a multi-year Field Research Grant by the Tinker Foundation. The grant supports pre-dissertation fieldwork in Spanish-speaking Latin America and the Caribbean (and Brazil) by Brown doctoral students from all disciplines. The funds from the Tinker Foundation are matched by the Watson Institute for International and Public Affairs and the Graduate School. The grant lets CLACS send approximately 10 graduate students annually to Latin America and the Caribbean for fieldwork, giving them a valuable opportunity to acquire comprehensive knowledge of language and culture, familiarize themselves with information sources relevant to their studies, conduct preliminary research, and develop contacts in their respective fields. This, in turn, will enhance the feasibility of their projects and the competitiveness of subsequent proposals for external funding in support of their dissertation research.

The deadline for the Tinker Field Research Grants for 2017 was February 10. Information about future award cycles will be posted here.

See a complete list of 2016-2017 Tinker Field Research Grant recipients.


Sarmiento Research Award for Latin American Studies

The Center for Latin American and Caribbean Studies (CLACS) at Brown University is accepting applications from Brown University undergraduate students, graduate students, postdoctoral fellows, and faculty for Sarmiento Research Awards. Successful applicants receive up to $5,000 to support humanities and social science research in and on Spanish-speaking South America. The funds may be used between July 2017-June 2018 to cover travel and research expenses.

The deadline for the Sarmiento Research Award for 2017 was February 10. Information about future award cycles will be posted here.


Interdisciplinary Opportunity for CLACS Graduate Affiliates

CLACS will host an Interdisciplinary Opportunity 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 was January 30. Information about future award cycles will be posted here.

(Note that CLACS will no longer be offering Cogut Dissertation Fellowships beginning with the 2017-2018 academic year.) 


Center for Latin American and Caribbean Studies (CLACS) Interdisciplinary Faculty-Student Reading/Writing Groups

CLACS invites applications from groups of affiliated graduate students and faculty to form interdisciplinary reading and/or writing groups in the academic year 17-18. The purpose is to enhance learning about a specific topic, country or region from a number of disciplinary perspectives.

There was unanimous consensus among the participants of the Interdisciplinary Faculty-Graduate Student Group Reading, AY 2016-17, entitled “Understanding Recent Events in Brazil,” that it was a complete success. We held two sessions in the fall and four in the spring. We also enjoyed the participation of eminent protagonists in recent events in Brazil, including Congressman Jean Wyllys of Rio de Janeiro, former President Dilma Rousseff, and Professor Sidney Chalhoub of Harvard University, who chaired the Latin American Studies Association (LASA) Commission that investigated the impeachment proceedings of President Rousseff.

The Argentina Reading Group was "a great interdisciplinary encounter."

Now Accepting Proposals  //  Deadline September 25, 2017