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LAII Receives Tinker Foundation Grant to Support Graduate Student Research

The Latin American and Iberian Institute (LAII) has been awarded a Field Research Grant by the Tinker Foundation. Matched by the LAII, the $45,000 multi-year grant will support graduate student field research in Spanish- and Portuguese-speaking countries of Latin America. The funding provides budding scholars with a first-hand experience of their region of study, regardless of academic discipline.

More specifically, the funding offers students an opportunity to acquire a comprehensive knowledge of language, terrain and culture; to become familiar with information sources relevant to their studies; to conduct pilot studies and preliminary investigations that will inform their dissertation proposals; and to develop contacts with scholars and institutions in their fields of study.

Student recipients receive support for travel and in-country expenses associated with their research. At UNM, where the LAII has received Tinker Foundation funding since 1980, the matching contributions of the LAII and Tinker Foundation have supported approximately 325 students who have conducted research in every country of Central and South America, as well as in Mexico, Cuba, and the Dominican Republic.

Each year around ten students from departments across UNM’s campus are awarded field research grants. To learn more about recent recipients and the projects they undertook, see our profiles of Field Research Grant Recipients.

Applications are due March 22, 2017, for field research to be conducted between April 1 and December 31, 2017. For application guidelines, learn more about the LAII’s Field Research Grants.

The Tinker Foundation was created by Edward Larocque Tinker (1889-1968) in 1959 in memory of his wife, father, and grandfather. He was convinced that the future freedom and prosperity of the peoples of the Americas depended upon their mutual trust, friendship and cooperation and it was in that spirit that the Foundation was established. Building on his legacy, the foundation promotes the development of an equitable, sustainable, and productive society in Latin America and enhances understanding in the U.S. of Latin America and how U.S. policies may impact the region.

In awarding the Field Research Grant to the LAII, the Tinker Foundation recognizes the overall quality of Latin American scholarship at the University of New Mexico (UNM), and places UNM on a short and prestigious list of university recipients.

Image: Photograph of Victor Oneschuck conducting field research in Chile, 2016.

--Posted March 7, 2017.