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Funding: LAII Field Research Grants


The LAII, with a grant from the Tinker Foundation, provides support for graduate students in any UNM department to conduct field work in Latin America. Field Research Grants (FRGs) are meant to assist students in obtaining their first or second field research experience in Latin America. The grants are generally for brief periods of research (typically two weeks to four months) and provide funding for airfare, in-country transportation and per diem.

The research must be conducted outside of the United States in the Spanish- and Portuguese-speaking countries of Latin America. These countries include Mexico, countries in Central and South America, Cuba, and the Dominican Republic. Due to our funding restrictions, excluded countries include Belize, Puerto Rico, Haiti, Guyana, Surinam, and French Guiana. Applications will be accepted from all disciplines. Applications from the natural sciences must address how the research has clear relevance to the human societies of the region studied.

Application Information

**Applications are closed for the current cycle, and awards administered for the 2017-2018 Academic Year. Please check in September 2017 for information on applying for the 2018-2019 Academic Year cycle.**

The application deadline is Wednesday, March 22, 2017 at 5:00 PM, and is for research conducted between April 1, 2017 and December 31, 2017. A Help Session will be held at the LAII on Wednesday, February 1, 2017 from 12:00-1:00 p.m. All first-time applicants are encouraged to attend.

Students who apply for a Field Research Grant must also apply for a Student Research Grant (SRG) or the Rogers Research/Project Award. Please contact the Graduate and Professional Student Association (GPSA) or the Office of Graduate Studies (OGS) respectively for information about these grants.

Researchers who are awarded an FRG must obtain approval or exemption from the UNM Institutional Review Board (IRB) before departure. Updated information and forms are available through the IRB website. Applicants are strongly encouraged to contact the IRB office early in their application process to ensure sufficient time for review, revision, and approval. All applicants will be required to complete the IRB's online CITI training at the time of application.

Applications and supporting materials should be submitted electronically as PDFs via email. Complete applications should include the following:

  • Student Field Research (FRG) Application, which includes budget
  • Maximum 4 page research statement
  • Letter of recommendation from principle faculty adviser
  • Current resume or CV
  • Copy of SRG application cover page with date-stamp/signature or emailed submission confirmation
  • Copy of SRG or Rogers Research/Project Award application cover page with date-stamp/signature or emailed submission confirmation
  • Unofficial graduate transcripts
  • Printout of airfare quote
  • Itinerary with research phases
  • Documentation of completion of IRB online CITI training
  • Letters of support or evidence of communication with in-country contacts (optional but strongly encouraged)

Applicants should refer to the current FRG application for appropriate formatting.

Expectations for Acknowledgement

The Latin American and Iberian Institute at UNM requires recipients of field research grants and similar awards to formally acknowledge the Institute's role in supporting their scholarly research. The expectation is that recipients expressly acknowledge LAII support in any resulting published or presented work (posters, papers, theses, dissertations, white papers, and the like) and, to the extent possible, any publicity resulting from successful research funding, for a period of five years following the completion of the research. The LAII deeply appreciates acknowledgment beyond the five year period in any presented work resulting from the LAII funding. Poster displays and presentations should include the LAII logo. Recipients should continue to acknowledge seed funding from the LAII even after additional funding has been awarded.

Acknowledgement allows the LAII to demonstrate to donors that the funds are used to successfully further academic research. This helps the LAII in securing funding to support field research opportunities for other scholars.

Contact Information

For further information, please contact:

  • LAII Committee Graduate Assistant
  • Latin American & Iberian Institute
  • Email (preferred):
  • Telephone: (505) 277-2961

Applications should be submitted electronically as PDFs to

  • Vickie Nelson
  • Associate Director of Business Operations
  • Latin American & Iberian Institute
  • Email (preferred):
  • Telephone: (505) 277-4821

Please remember that applicants must delete or blackout their social security number and date of birth on any materials submitted to the LAII.

Current and Past Field Research Grant Recipients

To learn more about students who receive Field Research Grants, see profiles of our current FRG recipients.