LAI - Summer Field Graduate Research Small Grants 2020

Grants for UCLA Doctoral and Master's students conducting field research in Latin America.

LAI - Summer Field Graduate Research Small Grants 2020

The LAI is pleased to invite applications for Graduate Student Summer Research Small Grants of up to $2500. Considering the need for graduate support in these difficult times, the LAI is re-opening this call after postponing it a few weeks ago in response to the virus crisis. 


Please note that the guidelines for this funding have been amended as follows:


  1. If summer travel is not safe, expenditure of awards can be delayed through Dec. 31, 2020. If travel is still not safe in the Fall, we will re-assess that deadline.
  2. We also invite proposals that do not involve international or domestic travel but do include a detailed research agenda and timeline for completion of the research.


 Required Documents: 2-Page Research Statement, Academic Transcript, Updated CV, Itemized Budget and timeline, and two letters of recommendation. 

Applicants must show in their grant proposal what specific activities they propose to undertake, how these are directly related to their project, thesis or research, and how the proposed activities will move the applicant forward in carrying out original research for a specific graduate degree.

Grant Conditions:

  • Applicants must be UCLA graduate students in good standing

  • Grants will not be awarded to any applicant who has received an LAI research grant in the last year and/or received funds of an equal or larger amount from another source for the same project

  • Grants should be used primarily for travel expenses. Funds may not be used to cover UC salaries, publication or translation costs, manuscript preparation, indexing, or major equipment purchases such as computers, printers, etc.

  • Funds may not be used to hire research assistants

  • Publications that result, fully or partially, from this grant must acknowledge support from the UCLA Latin American Institute and Tinker Foundation

  • Grant recipients must submit a narrative and financial report within 30 days of the end of the funding period indicating accomplishments and any publications resulting from the project

  • Grant recipients must be willing to make a presentation on their research findings scheduled during the 2020-2021 academic year 

Amount: up to $2,500  

ALL materials are due by May 15, 2020

Click here to submit an application for this grant.