Undergraduate Funding Opportunities
Summer Travel Grants for Research in Latin America
NOTE: The Program in Latin American Studies will not be making Summer Travel Grant awards for the 2017-2018 school year. Undergraduates interested in pursuing research and travel abroad are encouraged to explore the Aronson International Experience Grants and the Brown Family Travel Fund through the International Studies Program.
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 HIRB 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.