The Tinker Foundation has awarded the Center for Latin American Studies at the University of Arizona in Tucson Center for Latin American Studies a grant to support graduate student field research in Latin America, Spain and the Caribbean. The Tinker Foundation awards these grants only to the strongest Latin American studies programs within universities that encourage large numbers of graduate students from multiple disciplines to undertake field research.
The Tinker award is good for 3 years and provides at least $30,000 each year for travel support for graduate students from any department or college in the university who write competitive proposals to do field research in the Spanish and Portuguese speaking countries of Latin America, as well as Spain and Portugal.
According to Diana Liverman, director for the Center of Latin American Studies, "We are delighted that we will be able to support graduate student field research. The last Tinker grant to the University of Arizona, from 1998 to 2001, gave more than 100 students the opportunity to travel to do research or internships. Numerous master's theses resulted from the program. And many students who used the grants for pilot dissertation fieldwork were subsequently successful in obtaining longer term funding from sources such as Fulbright."
The announcement and application forms for the summer 2003 Tinker competition will be available on the LAS web page, http://las.arizona.edu beginning February 1.