Travel Grants

DRCLAS offers a variety of travel grants for thesis research and internships in Latin America. Applicants must be continuing students in good standing. 

Supports undergraduate and graduate or professional students conducting thesis or dissertation research related to Latin America and the Caribbean. Research proposals are accepted from all disciplines, but must be directly related to the region.

Deadline: February 7, 2019 by 11:59 PM

To apply: DRCLAS uses the Centralized Application for Research and Travel (CARAT) common application process along with other International Centers at Harvard, and applicants must carefully read the application instructions.

Applicant must include:
1-2 page proposal not exceeding 750 words
1 page resume
Current transcript or grade report
1 letter of recommendation

NOTE: If your research is linked to a faculty member or working on a faculty members project, letter of rec must come from that faculty member. If you are working in a group or with a partner, each student must submit separate applications. 

Students are encouraged to apply to multiple Centers in order to increase their chances of receiving funding.

ContactRachel Murray-Crawford, Student Programs Manager, for any questions

DRCLAS awards Student Group Grants for the following:

  • Undergraduate Student Organizations
  • Graduate Student Organizations
  • University-wide student organizations 
  • Graduate special groups working with a Harvard faculty member

Grants are issued for substantial publications, conferences, and events at Harvard University related to Latin America, the Caribbean, or Latinx populations in the United States. Events must be local. 

Amount: $500 on average, varies per event.


  • This grant will not support any travel activities outside of the Boston Metropolitan Area
  • Events must have a strong academic component (study breaks are not considered) 
  • Groups applying for retroactive funding will not be given priority

Fall Deadline: October 12, 2018

Spring Deadline: February 22, 2019


DRCLAS uses the Common Grant Application for student organizations. Applications that are not complete (with a detailed event description and budget) will not be considered. 

Contact: Rachel Murray-Crawford, Student Programs Manager, for any questions



Grants of up to $300 per year are available to graduate students traveling to conferences to present papers on Latin America. The deadline is the 1st of every month until funds last. Students are requested to submit applications at least one month before conference date. Please note that students are eligible for one conference travel grant per academic year.

Conference Travel Grant Application

ContactRachel Murray-Crawford

Steve Reifenberg Fellowship

The Steve Reifenberg Fellowship is intended to encourage graduating seniors to engage in a transformative international experience in the area of social or environmental development.  The post-graduation fellowship opportunity in Latin America will contribute not only to the student’s education, but also to career, personal, and leadership development, consistent with and inspired by the example of Steve Reifenberg, former Program Director of the Regional Office of the David Rockefeller Center for Latin American Studies, whose early experience as a volunteer in Latin America informed a lifelong commitment to social, economic, and environmental justice that became the hallmarks of a career dedicated to these issues.

The Reifenberg Traveling Fellowship will provide a stipend of $6000 for a Harvard College graduate to spend 4-6 months following graduation dedicated to volunteer or community service in Latin America.  The experience should be focused on social or environmental development.

Deadline: February 22, 2019

To apply: The Fellowship competition is managed by the David Rockefeller Center for Latin American Studies, with a faculty committee making the selection of the recipient.  

For applicants in Academic Year 2017-18, this application will be available on CARAT (Centralized Application for Research and Travel).

A complete application includes:

- A completed application form (CARAT)
- A current unofficial transcript
- An essay/proposal (not to exceed 1000 words) that outlines the candidate’s plans for spending 4-6 months in Latin America, reasons for applying for the fellowship, and expectations on how the time abroad will help develop future plans.  The essay should not merely deal with proposed travel plans but focus more directly on personal needs and the potential for growth seen in this fellowship.
- One letter of recommendation
- Resume
- Letter of invitation from the hosting organization(s)

Please submit a complete application packet (single-sided), in the order outlined above, to:

DRCLAS Student Services Drop-Box (below mailboxes)
Center for Government and Int'l Studies (CGIS), South Building, 2nd floor
1730 Cambridge Street, Cambridge, MA 02138



The purpose of the Harvard-Brazil Cities Research Grant Program is to spark faculty-led research initiatives and support graduate student research on some of the key urban challenges faced in Brazil. The Program supports research from various disciplinary perspectives on a range of topics including, but not limited to, urban architecture, design, and infrastructure; education, economics, health, and sanitation; governance, public policy, and planning; and housing, transportation, and public security.


  • Masters and Ph.D. students in any Harvard Department or School

  • Full-time Lecturer, Assistant, Associate or Full Professors in any Harvard Department or School

  • Previous awardees from this fund are welcome to apply again

Grant Amount

The maximum award is normally up to $10,000 for faculty and $5,000 for graduate students and must be used by August 31, 2019.

Application Process

Applications must be submitted to the Centralized Application for Research and Travel (CARAT) and should include:

  • Project Proposal (approximately 1,000 words);

  • Detailed Budget (reflecting other sources of funding, if any);

  • Curriculum Vitae, including CVs of collaborators if/as appropriate.


Acceptable costs:

  • Travel-related expenses to conduct research in the field, including airfare, lodging, meals, transportation in Brazil, visa fees, and vaccines;

  • Research materials, including data, images, software to which the awardee does not have free access, monthly fees for electronic devices required for data collection, hardware and cellular phones when necessary for data collection (with adequate justification);

  • Stipends and fees for research-related support services such as translation and interpretation services, etc.

Unacceptable costs:

  • Unfortunately, awards may not be used for salary support or student tuition.


Application Deadline: April 2nd, 2018
Award Announcement: April 20th, 2018

For more information contact Tiago Genoveze, Program Coordinator at