Latin American, Caribbean and Iberian Studies Program

Nave Short Term Field Research Grants


Application Deadline: Summer 2017 Application Deadline is Friday, March 3rd.


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Awards will be made in early April.  Letters will be sent to all applicants notifying them if they have received an award.

Nave Field Research Grants support graduate students who wish to pursue short-term research in Latin America, the Caribbean, and the Iberian Peninsula. All graduate students in all departments at the University of Wisconsin-Madison are eligible. There are no citizenship restrictions. Students must be continuing in a degree program at UW-Madison upon return from their field research. Applicants undertaking their first field research will be given preference; interdisciplinary and/or collaborative projects are welcome.





All masters or PhD graduate students in all departments at the University of Wisconsin-Madison are eligible. There are no citizenship restrictions. Students must be continuing in a degree program at UW-Madison upon return from their field research. The grant is intended for pre-dissertation field research.


Awards will fund brief periods (between 2 weeks and 4 months) of field research in Latin America, the Caribbean and the Iberian Peninsula. Awards are intended mainly for summer, but timing for field research may be adjusted if a convincing case can be made. Nationals of Latin American countries wishing to utilize funds for research within their own countries are eligible if they can provide evidence (such as a letter from their advisor) that the project is essential to fulfill degree requirements.

Expenses will be covered in the following order of priority:
1. International travel
2. Local travel
3. Food, lodging and expendable supplies and fees or expenses for services

Grants must be used for the original project only. Any changes must be approved in advance and in writing by the Grant Committee. Grants are limited to international and local travel (75%) and field related expenses (25%). If funds permit, a small stipend will be added to cover some living expenses. When preparing your budget, make an estimate of fare increases likely to occur between now and your date of departure. The Grant Committee will make travel awards based on your airfare estimate. CANDIDATES ARE URGED TO SEEK COMPLEMENTARY FUNDING FROM OTHER SOURCES AND INCLUDE INFORMATION ABOUT SUCH SOURCES ON APPLICATIONS. If you receive complementary funding from another source, the Committee may take this into consideration and adjust your award accordingly. Nevertheless, it is still to your advantage to seek additional funds.


Before beginning the on-line application please gather the following items. If electronic copies of documents are not available, you may submit them in person to Darcy Little at LACIS, UW-Madison, 1155 Observatory Drive, 209 Ingraham Hall,

1. Proposal narrative (not to exceed 4 double-spaced pages, 11-12 point font). This does not include the bibliography or budget but does include:

a. Statement of problem to be researched
b. Indication of the project's relevance to major concerns in the applicant's field of study or profession
c. A brief summary of principal literature on the problem
d. Planned locale of study and reason why it is appropriate to the problem
e. Indication of contacts with individuals and institutions in the host country
f. Research agenda and approximate schedule
g. Explanation of budget given on summary sheet (please be specific)

2. Language Proficiency Test Form, or statement or evidence of language knowledge of the country of planned research (please see options in application for further details).

3. Unofficial UW-Madison transcripts. Undergraduate transcripts are optional.

4. Two letters of recommendation from faculty or professional colleagues at appropriate institutions. One of these letters must be from a major advisor. Email versions are acceptable.



Applications will be judged according to the following criteria:
1. Scholarly merit of the project itself.

2. Applicant's overall academic record as indicated by transcripts and letters of recommendation.

3. Language competence (the language evaluation must indicate that language competency is adequate to carrying out the project).

4. People undertaking their first field research in Latin America will be given preference. These grants are intended to facilitate initial trial field research, not comprehensive research.

Grant recipients may present a “LACIS Lunchtime” lecture, or present at the LACIS Graduate Conference or participate in a roundtable discussion, if asked, upon return from their trip. A specific statement acknowledging the Foundation’s award should also appear in any publication, film or other product resulting from the grant.



Grant recipients whose research involves human subjects must get approval from the UW-Madison. Guidelines for human subjects research in the social and behavioral sciences are available at: Please contact Ryan Moze, JD, at or 608-262-1703 with any questions about human subject research. 

Note: If you are doing research involving human subjects, we HIGHLY recommend that you submit your proposal for Human Subjects Protocol Review by the April 10th deadline. This requires that you begin the process before you have found out if you are awarded the Tinker-Nave Grant.



Grantees are encouraged to establish an affiliation with an appropriate institution in the host country. Such institutions might include universities, research institutes, hospitals, law firms, government agencies or volunteer organizations.


Each recipient MUST report twice:
1) A preliminary report is due within two weeks after arrival in host country stating that you have begun your field research.
2) A final report is due one month after returning from the field; it should be between 5 and 10 pages in length.

Please email both of these reports to Darcy Little at LACIS at Please note that these reports are imperative to the future success of the Tinker-Nave Summer Field Research Award Program. LACIS must submit these reports to the Tinker and  Nave Foundations on an annual basis, so please take this requirement seriously.

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