Tinker Field Research Grants
The Tinker Field Research grant program provides funding to individuals for travel and field-related expenses for brief periods of field research in Latin America, defined here as the Spanish- and Portuguese-speaking countries of the region. The master's, doctoral, and professional school students conducting preliminary fieldwork in Latin America, to establish professional and academic contacts, assess research sites, and refine their projects. Grants support brief research trips, ranging from two weeks to four months in duration. M.A. candidates may conduct research for their master’s theses or Master’s Projects. Ph.D. students may carry out preliminary research for dissertations, but this award is not intended for advanced dissertation research.
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The Faculty Sponsor Recommendation Form, which must be included in your application, can be downloaded here.
Deadline for Summer 2017 Applications is February 17, 2017.
- The Tinker Grant is open to currently enrolled NYU master's, doctoral, and professional school students who will continue enrollment in Fall 2017.
- Tinker grants are intended for graduate students conducting first-time field research in countries or regions where they have little or no prior research experience.
- Citizens of Latin America enrolled at NYU are eligible to conduct research in their home countries provided they have no previous field research experience there.
- Funds are not intended for advanced or long-term field research on
- Funds are not available for
internships, conference participation, course registration or tuition, intensive language workshops, or field schools.
- Grants awarded to international students might be subject to federal taxes. For more information on tax treatment of non-tuition grants for non-resident aliens, view IRS document "Forms and Publications: Withholding on Specific Income"
- Scholarly excellence. Student must be in high academic standing, and possess necessary technical skills to carry out the project (eg. language and research skills).
- Viability of research, including a suitable research site, actual or proposed affiliation with appropriate institutions, academic depth and relevance of the problem to be explored, sound research methods.
- Well researched budget that demonstrates a thorough, realistic, and cost-efficient approach to research expenses. Budgets with inflated or unrealistic costs will disqualify the proposal.
Reporting and Other Requirements
- Awardees must attend the Tinker Field Research orientation meeting held in the Spring (date TBD) to review reporting requirements and fellowship obligations, briefly discuss projects and receive tips for overseas travel and host-country institutional relations. Failure to attend jeopardizes the grantee's award.
- Awardees must provide contact information (email, phone) for the duration of their time in the field not later than one week after arriving in the field.
- While in the field, awardees will submit blog entries consisting of a 250-word narrative and a photo to CLACS every 2-3 weeks for the duration of their project, to be included on the CLACS blog.
- All expended funds within the budget must be documented with appropriate receipts, and submitted to CLACS by August 25 with accompanying Expense Report and currency conversions, if applicable, as one PDF. Those unable to meet this deadline (if they are still in the field, for example) must be in contact with Bel Destefani to make an alternate arrangement.
- Awardees submit a preliminary report of their work by September 1.
- Awardees submit a five-page final report of their work by October 1. This report should include title, research question addressed, data gathered, significance to Latin American studies, and future research plans.
- Awardees participate in a public roundtable panel in October to share experiences with each other prospective grantees.
Please submit your application electronically by emailing your application materials as one PDF to firstname.lastname@example.org. Please include your last name in the name of the document and in the subject line of your email, eg.: LastName_TinkerGrantApplication.
Your application must include:
- Application, including:
- Cover sheet
- Research proposal of approximately 4-5 pages, describing the work to be undertaken, proposed methodology, technical competence of applicant and academic and professional significance of the project. It must include the names of one or more research centers with which you may affiliate while conducting field work.
- Detailed budget, as per the provided template.
- Detailed timeline of the duration and itinerary of the project, as per the provided template; statement of how this research fits into the larger timeline of completion of the dissertation or Master's thesis.
- Concise CV
- A copy of your graduate transcript. It may be an unofficial transcript so long as it is current.