Scholarships & Awards

We are pleased to offer competitive travel grants for M.A and Ph.D. students in all disciplines working on Latin America and the Caribbean at Stony Brook University. Grants will be in the amount of US$ 1,500 to US$ 2,500, depending on the destinations, and should be used for travel and field-related expenses for pre-dissertation field research in Latin America or the Caribbean. At least 75% of the grant must be used for travel expenses (air or ground transportation) and up to 25% may be used for field-related expenses (accommodations, food, visas, health insurance, research expenses). 
Please be advised that travel to Spain, Portugal or Puerto Rico will not be funded. The Tinker grants are designed for research in Spanish and Portuguese speaking countries of the Western Hemisphere only. There are no nationality restrictions on the applicant. Students can apply to do research in their home country provided they have no previous field research experience in that region. Applicants can be MA or PhD graduate students, although priority will be giving to doctoral students in the early stages of their programs. The Tinker Field Research Grants are not to be used for advanced dissertation research.
Complete applications must include:  
  1. Application form [click here]
  2. Two page research statement explaining the research project and how it relates to the travel plans (700 words maximum)
  3. A budget detailing expenses for travel and field related expenses
  4. Curriculum Vitae (CV)
  5. One recommendation letter submitted by email directly by the student’s adviser or other Faculty member familiar with the project
 All material should be emailed to
APPLICATION deadline: Noon on Wednesday, April 6th, 2016.  See poster here
A multi-departmental faculty committee will evaluate all applications.
Grant recipients will be notified by email by the end of April, 2016.
Funded by The Tinker Foundation and the following units at Stony Brook University:The Office of the Dean of the College of Arts and Sciences, the Office of the Provost,The Graduate School, Departments of Cultural Analysis &Theory, Ecology & Evolution,Hispanic Languages & Literature, History, Philosophy and Sociology.

2014 Tinker Grantee Narratives
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We are pleased to offer 6 or 7 competitive grants for advanced doctoral students in the Humanities or Social Sciences at Stony Brook University. Travel Grants will be in the amount of US$ 2,000 to US$ 2,500, depending on the destination, and should be used for research in Latin America, the Caribbean or Spain during the summer of 2013. Students should be already involved in pre-dissertation or dissertation research at the time of the application. In all cases, the student’s main research must be on Latin America, the Caribbean or Spain. There are no nationality restrictions.

Complete applications must include:

  1. Application form (click here)
  2. Two page research statement explaining the dissertation or pre-dissertation project and how it relates to the travel plans (700 words maximum)
  3. A budget detailing expenses for transportation, lodging and research
  4. Curriculum Vitae (CV)
  5. Recommendation letter submitted by email directly by the student’s adviser

All material should be emailed to Please use "Travel Grant Application 2013" as your email subject.

Click here for the instructions and application form in PDF and here for Word.


A multi-departmental committee will evaluate all applications by April 20-26, 2013. Grant recipients will be notified by email before April 30, 2013.

Funded by: The Office of the Dean, College of Arts and Sciences, The Graduate School, Latin American and Caribbean Center, the Department of Hispanic Languages and Literature and the Department of History at Stony Brook University


[For 2014 applications, please see above]

The Latin American and Caribbean Studies Center is pleased to announce The Tinker Field Research Grant. This travel grant is open to MA and Doctoral Students attending Stony Brook University in any field of Latin American and Iberian Studies. The Tinker program encourages preliminary travel and exploratory fieldwork by graduate students who are in the process of defining their future research and/or Ph.D. proposals. Supported by a grant from the Tinker Foundation (New York), it is being matched by Stony Brook University contributions from a range of programs and departments interested in the advancement of new global scholarship. LACS expects to award 15-20 travel awards, each worth in the range of $1,000-1,750 each, depending on the destination.


The Tinker Grant covers primarily TRAVEL COSTS (*airfare and associated travel costs with some per diem expenses are covered based on merit of request) for the preliminary fieldwork experience, including the possibility of in-country travel for multi-sited research. Graduate students in good standing from any discipline or program are welcome to apply--be they social scientists or humanists, natural scientists or professional MA students with an international dimension to their work. “Field-work” is broadly defined: it can be traditional archival or data-collection, or it can involve interviews, surveys, textual analysis or it may involve immersion with the subject, groups, prospective colleagues, cultural institution, site or environment of future research and writing. Tinker funding is available only for Spanish and Portuguese-speaking countries of Latin America and the Caribbean (excluding Puerto Rico) and Spain or Portugal. (*Students working on Puerto Rico, Belize, Indigenous languages, Latinos in the U.S., or Anglophone or Francophone Caribbean are unfortunately not eligible. )

Priority will be given to students at the defining moment of their research, prior to proposal writing, major grant funding, previous fieldwork and actual dissertation writing. LACS will favor students who have not had prior opportunities to travel to their prospective research sites, but funding is possible for students to travel to their home countries. (* Students are eligible for only one Tinker grant per graduate career.) Interdisciplinary projects are encouraged. There are no nationality restrictions.


2010 Tinker Grantee Narratives

2009 Tinker Grantee Narratives

2008 Tinker Grantee Narratives




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