Graduate Funding Opportunities

NOTE: The Program in Latin American Studies will not be providing awards for Summer Travel Grants, Intersession Travel Grants, and Graduate Teaching Fellowships for the 2018-2019 school year.

Summer Travel Grants for Research in Latin America

PLAS offers small grants to support summer research and travel in Latin America and the Caribbean. Grants are awarded on a competitive basis, and the competition is open to all undergraduate and graduate students of the Johns Hopkins University.

PLAS supports projects from all disciplines. The primary purpose of the travel grant scheme is to enable students to pursue research on a topic of consuming interest to them. Applications are judged on the basis of the quality of the proposal submitted, the student’s academic standing, and the relationship of the proposed travel and summer research to the student’s long-term academic and professional goals. Grants generally range from $750 to $1,500 and are intended to contribute to the costs of airfare, lodging, and minimal research expenses. It is expected that successful applicants will spend at least three weeks in the region.

Upon their return from Latin America, grantees are required to submit a report detailing their research accomplishments under the terms of the grant in addition to an expense report.

Please note that all funded projects will have to comply with Homewood IRB regulations and it may be necessary to obtain HIRB approval. For further information, please contact the HIRB.

In order to apply for a grant, please submit the following documents (hard copy) to the PLAS Office (Mergenthaler 224):

  • A completed application form
  • A description of the project for which travel funds are needed, including:
    • The relationship of the project to the student’s academic and professional goals
    • The student’s preparation for the project, including a list of relevant course work and evidence of their language proficiency. Applicants should mention prior research and travel experience in Latin America and/or the Caribbean. In accordance with JHU international research requirements, it is highly desirable that the application demonstrates prior contact with individuals and institutions in the country of choice, ideally including assurance to in-country cooperation and access to sources
    • A budget for the entire project (including estimated airfare, lodging, sustenance, in-country travel, and research expenses)
  • A letter of support from a Hopkins faculty member (no graduate student/TA letters, please) familiar with the student’s project and/or academic work and who is willing to act as a faculty mentor for the project
  • One unofficial copy of the student’s transcript.

Intersession Travel Grant for Graduate Research in Latin America

PLAS offers small grants to support graduate students pursuing research in Latin America and the Caribbean during the Intersession. Grants are awarded on a competitive basis, and the competition is open to all graduate students at Johns Hopkins University. PLAS supports projects from all disciplines.

Applications are judged on the basis of the quality of the proposal submitted to the program, the student’s academic standing, and the relationship of the proposed travel and research to the graduate student’s current or intended doctoral research. Each grant will not exceed $750. The Intersession grant may be used to defray the costs associated with airfare, lodging and in-country ground transportation. It is expected that successful applicants will spend no fewer than three weeks in the region.

Upon their return from Latin America, grantees are required to submit a report detailing their research accomplishments under the terms of the grant in addition to an expense report.

Please note that all funded projects will have to comply with Homewood IRB regulations and it may be necessary to obtain HIRB approval. For further information, please contact the HIRB.

In order to apply for a grant, please submit the following documents (hard copy) to the PLAS Office (Mergenthaler 224):

  • A completed application form
  • A description of the project for which travel funds are needed, including:
    • The relationship of the project to the graduate student’s academic and professional goals
    • The graduate student’s preparation for the proposed research, including a list of relevant course work and previous research experience
    • A budget for the entire project (including estimated airfare, room and board, in-country travel, and miscellaneous research expenses)
  • A letter of support from a Hopkins faculty member familiar with the graduate student’s research and/or academic work

Graduate Teaching Fellowship

The Fellowship provides support for an advanced graduate student (third year or above) to teach one undergraduate course (300- or 400-level) relevant to Latin American Studies, broadly conceived. The successful applicant may teach in either the fall semester or the spring semester. The course, which should build on the applicant’s own research interests and expertise, must be developed under the guidance of the student’s academic adviser.

The fellowship amount is $7,000.

Applications, which must be submitted in hard copy to the PLAS Office (Mergenthaler 224), must include the following documents:

  • Curriculum Vitae
  • Two-page description of the proposed course detailing course objectives, teaching philosophy, and course prerequisites, if any
  • Draft of the proposed course syllabus
  • Two letters of reference
  • A separate statement from the applicant’s adviser or department chair indicating that the applicant would be permitted to accept the fellowship if she/he were selected.

Applications missing any of the items listed above will not be considered.