Tinker Graduate Field Research Grant

Tinker Graduate Field Research Grants (TGFR) support graduate students with their first experience in developing an independent research project and conducting preliminary field research in Latin America.  These grants are meant for students to acquire a comprehensive knowledge of language and culture; to familiarize themselves with information sources relevant to their studies; to conduct pilot studies and preliminary investigations; and to develop contacts with scholars and institutions in their fields. CLAS will distribute grants of up to $2,500 for approved proposals.

Stanford graduate student in any department that will conduct preliminary field research in Latin America during the academic year 2023-24, including summer 2024.  Past TGFR recipients are not eligible to apply for a second award.

Application Requirements

  • Cover sheet must include name, SUNet ID, Student ID Number, email, department, research title, location, dates of travel, and amount requested.
  • CV
  • Brief research proposal narrative (3 page max)
  • Complete itemized budget ( i.e. airfare, lodging, local transportation)
  • Graduate transcript
  • Letter of recommendation from your advisor

Please submit a complete application and materials via the online form available here.

Advisors must submit their letter of recommendation via the online form available here.


Funds for the 2023-24 academic year are available only for research taking place December 1, 2023 - August 31, 2024.

Applications for winter break/quarter are due by 11:59 p.m. (Pacific time) on November 1, 2023.

Applications for spring break/quarter are due by 11:59 p.m. (Pacific time) on January 30, 2024.

Applications for summer quarter are due by 11:59 p.m. (Pacific time) on April 1, 2024.


Awardees are expected to:

  • Submit a one-page report of the research conducted ready to be posted in our website AND a complete budget report within 30 days after the completion of their travel.
  • Present and discuss preliminary summer research project in the Autumn quarter
  • Acknowledgement of the Tinker Foundation in any publication and/or mentioning of the research
Logo of the TInker Chronicles - Episode 1

Tinker Chronicles Podcast: The Tinker Foundation created a Tinker Field Research Collaborative, which is composed of several universities that are currently administering Tinker Graduate Field Research Grants in their respective institutions.The collaborative is developing a series of podcasts, called Tinker Chronicles, aiming to highlight the research conducted by former TGFR awardees. Click here to listen to the first podcast on Climate and Environment , which features Arjuna Dibley, a past recipient of the TGFR. 

Contact us with any questions by email at latinamerica [at] stanford.edu