Watson Institute for International and Public Affairs

CLACS Field Research Grants


The Center for Latin American and Caribbean Studies (CLACS) is accepting applications from Brown University graduate students (pre-candidacy, in any discipline and degree program, including professional degrees) for Field Research Grants. Successful applicants receive up to $4,000 to support research travel during calendar year 2022 to Latin America and the Caribbean, including Brazil. Note that the amount awarded will vary depending on the number of applications approved. Funding is provided thanks to the generous support of the Watson Institute for International and Public Affairs and the Graduate School. 


Due to the COVID-19 pandemic, the University has suspended research travel, and any graduate student planning to engage in such activity must get prior approval for research travel. That process involves having advisor approval and submitting one or more applications for approval at least three weeks in advance, with the Provost making the final determination. Any students seeking approval for research travel should review current Travel Policies and complete a Safety Plan Proposal and Request for Essential Travel form at least three weeks prior to travel. Approvals for field research also require an additional application available on the Resuming Research website.


An applicant must:

1)      Be in the pre-dissertation stage of research in Latin America: language acquisition, site selection, developing contacts, etc.

N.B. Ph.D. candidates are not eligible for this funding.

2)      Plan to use the grant for a short research period lasting from 2 weeks to 4 months.

3)      Be able to present completed research in a public lecture or poster session at CLACS prior to the end of the spring 2023 semester. (Note: This event may be virtual depending on university guidelines.)

Applicants must submit (1) a curriculum vitae including contact information; (2) a brief project proposal (no more than 500 words) outlining the research plan and goals for travel; (3) a simple budget for the research, including other funding sources that are confirmed or pending; and (4) a letter of support emailed directly from a faculty mentor. Materials may be submitted in Spanish or English, and items 1, 2 and 3 must be submitted in a single PDF file. 

Please email all required documents to Kate_Goldman@brown.edu, subject line CLACS Graduate Funding Application, by April 15, 2022 at 5 pm.