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Sarmiento Research Award for Latin American Studies

The Sarmiento Flexible Fund for Latin American Studies provides small research grants for Brown University undergraduate students, graduate students, and faculty. Successful applicants receive up to $5,000 to support humanities and social science research in and on Spanish-speaking South America. The size of each award will depend on the number of viable applications received by the deadline. The funds may be used between July 2022-June 2023 to cover travel and research expenses.

The program is funded by the Sarmiento Flexible Fund for Latin American Studies, which was established through the generous support of Alfredo C. Cassiet, M.D. and Maria-Elena Cassiet, and due to restrictions on the fund, can only accept candidates who are “natives or residents of Spanish-speaking countries south of Panama, not including the Caribbean.”

PLEASE NOTE THE FOLLOWING SPECIAL INSTRUCTIONS FOR AY22: 

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.

Eligibility Requirements:

An applicant must:

1. Submit a research plan for social science or humanities research on non-Caribbean Latin America south of Panama, focusing on the period after 1830;

2. Be a native or resident of a Spanish-speaking country south of Panama, not including the Caribbean; and

3. Be prepared to present completed research in a public presentation at CLACS prior to the end of the spring 2023 semester. (Note: This event may be virtual depending on university guidelines in place at that time.)

Applicants must submit (1) a curriculum vitae including contact information; (2) a brief project proposal (no more than 500 words) outlining the scholarly work that s/he would like to carry out as a Sarmiento Fellow and how it relates to her/his overall research agenda; (3) a simple budget for the research, including other funding sources that are confirmed or pending; and (4) a letter of support from a faculty mentor, which can be e-mailed directly by the faculty member. Application 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 Sarmiento Application, by April 15, 2022 at 5 pm.