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.

Contact: Lorena Gonzalez

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


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. Please note: funds for the 2018-2019 Academic Year are no longer availableStudents 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

ContactLorena Gonzalez

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.

Notification of award: April 1, 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 2018-19, this application will be available on CARAT (Centralized Application for Research and Travel).

A complete application includes:

- A completed application form (search for 'Steve Reifenberg Fellowship' in 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)

New Instructions: Please submit a complete application in CARAT (request letters of recommendation to submit directly on CARAT, or to be emailed directly to Rachel at 


The purpose of the Harvard-Brazil Cities Research Grant is to spark faculty-led research initiatives and support graduate student research on some of the key urban challenges faced in Brazil. The Fund 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.

Who is eligible?

The Fund is open to Masters’ and Ph.D. students in any Harvard Department or School, full-time lecturers and full-time Assistant, Associate and Full Professors in any Harvard Department or School graduating in or later than May 2020. The Program Coordinator in the Harvard Brazil Office will verify that applicants meet these criteria. Successful applicants to this fund from past years are welcome to apply again.


The maximum award is normally up to $10,000 for faculty and $5,000 for graduate students. Funds may be applied to 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); and stipends and fees for research-related support services such as translation and interpretation services, etc. Faculty and Ph.D. may also request funds to hire research assistants. Unfortunately, awards may not be used for salary support or student tuition.

Grants must be used by August 31, 2020.

How to Apply?

Applications should consist of a maximum 1000-word proposal and a detailed budget (reflecting other sources of funding, if any). The applicant should also include a maximum 5-page curriculum vitae, and CVs of collaborators if/as appropriate. Students should submit applications through the Centralized Application for Research and Travel (CARAT). Faculty should submit applications directly to Tiago Genoveze at

DeadlineMarch 5, 2019. Applicants will be notified by April 19.

For more information contact Tiago Genoveze at


All winners will be asked, as a condition of their acceptance of the award, to submit a follow-up report describing the events and their outcomes and the expenses associated with them.

Graduate Student Research Funds

The Brazil Studies Program at the David Rockefeller Center for Latin American Studies is pleased to announce support for graduate student research, made possible by funding from the Lemann Endowment.

Who is eligible?

We welcome proposals from Harvard graduate students for research on and in Brazil. Priority will be accorded to Ph.D. students, but Master’s students are also eligible to apply. Ph.D. students may apply at any stage of their graduate program – from preliminary research to dissertation completion. Proposals from master’s students will be accepted, but research must lead to a master’s thesis and take place over a minimum of six weeks. Students who have won DRCLAS awards in previous years are eligible to apply.

Applicants are required to notify the Brazil Studies Program of any funding received from another source; in most cases the program will adjust its award. Students may not receive duplicate funding for the same budget items from different grants. Students who have been funded twice from this fund or the Brazilian Cities Research Fund will be a lower priority, but they are eligible to apply.


Maximum awards are $6000.  

How to Apply?

Applications should include

  • A proposal of up to 1500 words that succinctly describes the proposed research project, its significance and expected impact, and any proposed collaboration with Brazilian academics and researchers (two additional pages of supplemental information such as citations may be included);
  • A letter of support from a faculty adviser. Please note that the letter of support should be sent to by a faculty adviser, separately from your application; and
  • A detailed project budget that justifies each item.

Application materials should be sent by email to Juliana Deleo ( with the subject "Application to BSP Funding".

Deadline: February 7, 2019. All applications will be peer reviewed, Applicants will be notified by March 23, 2019.

All grant recipients will be asked, as a condition of their acceptance of the award, to submit a follow-up report describing their outcomes and the expenses associated with their research. All recipients must notify the Brazil Studies program of other funding they receive for the same project. Awards will be adjusted in cases of duplicate funding for the same items.