The CLAS Tinker Field Research Grant supports master's, doctoral, and professional school students conducting pre-dissertation fieldwork in Spanish- and Portuguese-speaking countries of the Latin America and the Caribbean, excluding Puerto Rico. The grants provide an opportunity to establish professional and institutional contacts, assess potential research sites, and refine dissertation project proposals. Recipients of the CLAS Tinker Field Research Grant have enjoyed notable success in obtaining subsequent dissertation research support as well as placement in key teaching, research, and other professional positions.

This program is funded with the generous support of the Tinker Foundation.


  • Award recipients are selected from among all divisions and professional schools of the University of Chicago. Applicants must be degree-seeking graduate students (MA or PhD) currently enrolled at the University of Chicago.
  • Citizens of Latin American countries enrolled at the University of Chicago may apply for research grants to all eligible countries. Students are only eligible to receive awards to conduct research in their home countries provided they have NO previous field research experience in that country.
  • Students in PhD programs are eligible to apply prior to the defense of their dissertation proposals. 


The application for research in summer 2020 will open in January. As you prepare to submit your application, please review the links below. 


  • Award recipients are required to present their findings at an academic and/or community venue within nine months of their return from the field. While recipients may present at any number of conferences or campus workshops, CLAS hosts a yearly colloquium to help satisfy this requirement.
  • The colloquium, which may be scheduled in multiple sessions during the Winter and Spring quarters, groups presentations into themes and encourages students to deliver a short lecture accompanied by a digital presentation (10 minutes) followed by a question and answer session.