Research Grants for Graduate Students

The Center sponsors annual competitors for graduate students researching master’s theses, dissertations, or capstone projects on a topic in Latino or Latin American Studies. Application guidelines, funding levels, and deadlines are announced annually early in the spring term.

Research Grants, fiscal year 2015

The Center for Latino and Latin American Studies will have one graduate student research grant available for fiscal year 2015 (beginning July 1, 2015).  These funds must be used to cover research related expenses, such as travel, lodging, and per diem, and are subject to university accounting rules and regulations.  Original receipts must be presented for reimbursement, except for per diem, and only those expenses incurred during the award period will be honored.

Proposals must follow the guidelines described below, and they are due in the Center by April 15, 2014.  Applications will be ranked by the Center’s elected Advisory Committee and award winners will be announced in mid April.  Proposals must be typed and double-spaced and sent electronically to khuffine@niu.edu.  Applications must also include a current curriculum vita, a detailed budget, and an itinerary.  In describing your project, please follow these guidelines:

Explain clearly in an essay of not more than 1000 words, what you plan to do and why, making clear the relevance of the research to your professional development and the significance of the project within your field of scholarship.  Give a brief summary of progress already made on the research project.  If your project is part of a cooperative undertaking, please explain the relationships.  Also include information on any publication arrangements that have already been made. 

Be as specific as possible, while at the same time, bearing in mind that the selection committee is multi-disciplinary, composed of scholars who are not necessarily specialists in your own field.  It is requested that you avoid an outline format and that you adhere strictly to the 1000 word limit.  If it is vital to your research statement, you may add a bibliography of not more than two pages.  Please be sure that your name is in the upper right corner of each page, and that the pages are numbered consecutively.  Please head your research statement with a brief descriptive title.

Grant winners must submit a report of no less that 1000 words detailing the outcome of their research agenda within six weeks of their return from the field.  Grant winners must also acknowledge support received from the Center in future papers and publications. 

Current proposal deadline:  April 15, 2014