Watson Institute for International and Public Affairs

Graduate Student Opportunities

 2021 Summer Proctorships

CLACS is participating in this initiative, which is offered by the Graduate School. Recipients of Summer Proctorship positions will participate in a project-based, internship-style experience offered through an academic unit or in research, training, academic or administrative offices across campus. The goal of these positions is to provide graduate students whose research and study have been impacted by COVID with new professional and career development opportunities to enhance their experience and skills. 

Eligibility: All stipended PhD students (excluding those on COVID Appointment Extensions) whose stipends for June, July, and August total less than $9,126 are eligible to apply. This amount is based on three times the standard monthly PhD stipend rate during the academic year. The time commitment expected is approximately 100 hours over Summer 2021. Students within the five-year guarantee and who have been approved sixth-year funding in Fall 2021 are eligible.

Students who have already applied for and been approved for the Summer Fellowship ($2,000) should note that if they receive a Summer Position (with a $3,400 stipend), it will take the full place of the Summer Fellowship (both awards cannot be maintained).

Application: Available in UFunds, under “Graduate School 2021 Summer Proctorships,” under “Graduate School COVID-19 Summer Positions”

Application Deadline: The deadline for this opportunity has passed.

Sarmiento Research Award for Latin American Studies

The Center for Latin American and Caribbean Studies (CLACS) 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 2021-June 2022 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 can only accept candidates who are “natives or residents of Spanish-speaking countries south of Panama, not including the Caribbean.”

Application and Eligibility Requirements

Grant for Pre-Dissertation Field Research in Latin America

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 2021 to Latin America and the Caribbean, including Brazil. Funding is provided thanks to the generous support of the Watson Institute for International and Public Affairs.

Requirements and Submission Details >

Brown University Library Racial Justice Project Fellow

NOTE: This job will be paid Hourly and is open only to Unsupported Graduate students.

About the BUL Racial Justice Project: Brown University Library seeks to be a site of racial justice, wherein its services and policies are grounded in principles of equitable access, opportunity, treatment, impact, and outcomes for students, faculty, and community members.

The Brown University Library Racial Justice Project acknowledges that Brown University Library is an institution that exists within the framework of structural racism in the United States. The project is a first step in identifying how institutional racism manifests in Brown University Library’s services, policies, practices, and spaces. The goal of this project is to begin the process of dismantling institutional racism. This process will be ongoing and cumulative, and though this project has a defined scope and deliverables, an important end result is to create a shared awareness of how institutional racism affects our work. This project takes an anti-racist approach, acknowledging that awareness of systemic and institutional racism must be coupled with conscious action. This project will catalyze Brown University Library to actively consider racial justice in its decision-making and actions at all levels, from individual to administrative.

Job Duties:

The University Library is pleased to offer a short-term graduate student fellowship to further the work of the Library’s Racial Justice Project. The fellow will analyze qualitative and quantitative data and assist with technical workflows and editing. The graduate student will be a key contributor to the project team, particularly in regard to social science data research methodologies. Academic expertise or personal experience with social justice work and theory is an added benefit. The successful candidate will be committed to contributing to the racial justice work on campus, particularly at the University Library, which serves every student and faculty member on campus. This position requires 10 hours of work per week, schedule TBD.

This fellowship is funded by the Provost’s Addressing Systemic Racism Fund.

Projects Include:

Create and maintain tabular data related to available datasets generated on campus;

Run reports to extract data, copy and reformat data from various source

Create spreadsheets, tables, charts, etc. in support of assessment activities

Assist in performing initial summary analyses of data

Assist in preparing visualizations of data for reports, presentations, web pages, etc.

Assist in preparing written materials (e.g., documentation, reports, fact sheets, etc.)

Assist with technical workflows and editing

Performs other skilled tasks in support of assessment activities

Job Requirements:

A successful applicant must be skilled and experienced in:

Collecting, compiling, organizing, and verifying quantitative data from different sources

Analytical and problem solving skills

Highly organized, able to interact and work in a team as well as independently

Have demonstrated experience with technical communication and documentation

Ability to perform detailed work accurately with reasonable speed

Strong research and writing skills

Good oral, written, and visual communication skills

Computer Skills Include:

Standard office technology; (e.g., MS Office, Google Apps), desktop database tools (e.g., Excel, Access, Google Sheets), data visualization programs such as Tableau or Google Studio desired.

Supervisor: Daniel O’Mahony, Director of Library Planning & Assessment

Preference will be given to applications received by March 31, 2021.

Number of openings: 1

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.

Latin American and Caribbean Studies Dissertation Prize

The Center for Latin American and Caribbean Studies (CLACS) accepts submissions for the Latin American and Caribbean Studies Dissertation Prize. Each year, the prize will be awarded to the best dissertation in the area of Latin American and Caribbean Studies written by a current Brown University graduate student from any discipline who will defend and submit the dissertation by April 30. Check out our announcement  for more information. 

Interdisciplinary Opportunity for CLACS Graduate Affiliates

The Center for Latin American and Caribbean Studies (CLACS) is able to host one fellow, in any humanities or social science discipline, whose dissertation is focused on Latin America, the Caribbean, or Latinx communities around the world, and whose research and writing would benefit from being based in an interdisciplinary area studies center. 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. Information about future award cycles will be posted here. 

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

CLACS regularly awards funding to groups of affiliated graduate students and faculty to form interdisciplinary reading and/or writing groups. The purpose is to enhance learning about a specific topic, country or region from a number of disciplinary perspectives.

The deadline for applications for the 2021-2022 academic year is Friday, September 17th, 2021.

CLACS Sawyer Seminar Proctorships

The Center for Latin American and Caribbean Studies invites applications for two one-year graduate fellowships on 2021-2022 Mellon Sawyer Seminar Rethinking the Dynamic Interplay of Migration, Race, and Ethnicity in the Caribbean and Latin America supported by a Mellon Sawyer Seminar.

The Seminar, which will include periodic workshops, performances, exhibits, and other events during AY2021-2022, explores the dynamic interplay of migration, race, and ethnicity in the region. More information is available herePlease note that the deadline for this opportunity has passed.