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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.


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. Requirements and Submission Details >


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.

Eligibility and Application Requirements

See a complete list of 2018-2019 Tinker Field Research Grant recipients

See a complete list of 2017-2018 Tinker Field Research Grant recipients

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) 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 2018-June 2019 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

The deadline for the Sarmiento for 2018-2019 has passed. We will publish a list of recipients soon.


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 2018-2019 academic year has passed.