Expenditure Guidelines for Field Research Grants

The Tinker Field Research Grants, comprising Tinker Foundation and matching funds, are to be used for grants to individuals for travel and field-related expenses for brief periods of pre-dissertation field research in Latin America, defined here as the Spanish- and Portuguese-speaking countries of the region.  Awards are open to students across all academic disciplines.

Individual recipients may be graduate students at the master's or early stages of the doctoral level studies, including those pursuing professional degrees.  The Tinker Field Research Grants are not to be used for advanced dissertation research; they are intended to provide graduate students with early experience conducting hands-on field research in Latin America and the opportunity to develop independent research projects.  Citizens of Latin American countries enrolled at United States institutions are eligible to receive awards to conduct research in their home countries provided they have no previous field research experience in that country.  Grant recipients should be selected by a representative committee incorporating faculty members from the sciences, social sciences, humanities and professional schools with significant experience in Latin America.

All funds – those provided by the Foundation as well as the matching monies – must be disbursed to students in modest grants.  The awards may be used at any time during the calendar year, but must be utilized only for brief research trips, two weeks to four months in duration.  No administrative costs may be deducted.  

Please note the following changes which take effect as of Fall 2015:

** Stipulations regarding travel versus non-travel expenses have been lifted **
** Centers receiving $10,000 grants must distribute a minimum of six awards **
** At least nine awards must be made at the $15,000 level ** 

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