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 students completing final stage thesis, dissertation or thesis-equivalent research, related to Latin America and the Caribbean that requires travel during the academic year (winter break). Research proposals are accepted from all disciplines, but must be directly related to the region.

Deadline: October 13, 2017

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 recommendation must come from that faculty member

Contact: Lorena González, Financial Assistant

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

Preference is given to advanced students conducting thesis or dissertation research.

Undergraduate Deadline: February 13, 2017

Graduate Deadline: February 13, 2017

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
2 letters 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

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

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 or Latino populations in the United States. Amount: $500 on average


PLEASE NOTE THE FOLLOWING CONDITIONS:

*This grant will not support any travel activities outside of the Boston Metropolitan Area
*Preference is given to events with a strong academic component vs. social
*Groups applying for retroactive funding will not be given priority

Fall Deadline: October 13, 2017
Spring Deadline: February 23, 2018

To apply: DRCLAS uses the Common Grant Application for student organizations.
Contact: Lorena González, Financial Assistant

 

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

Contact: Lorena 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.

Deadline: Mid February 2018 (TBC)

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 Yeark 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 a 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