Student Field Study Award

The 2018 CLAG Student Field Study Award is now accepting application materials.

Deadline March 16 2018

The Conference of Latin Americanist Geographers (CLAG) invites applications for the 2018 CLAG Student Field Study Awards. Each year CLAG confers named awards at the Ph.D. level (Bernard Nietschmann, Robert C. West, and James J. Parsons awards) and at the master’s level (Clarissa Kimber, William M. Denevan, and Oscar Horst awards). 

Applicants should expect awards to be around $1,000 for MA/MS applicants and around $1,500 for PhD applicants. These awards are intended to support graduate student members of CLAG in their thesis or dissertation research in Latin America or concerning the Latin American diaspora. The awards are not intended to cover all fieldwork costs, but rather to assist students working towards the Master’s or Ph.D. in their field and/or archival research in Latin America. 

Eligibility

  • Members of CLAG before the application deadline;
  • Registered as a graduate (M.A., M.S., or Ph.D.) student in a geography department or related discipline;
  • Regional area of research in Latin America, including the Caribbean, is given priority. If the regional area of research is outside of Latin America, a clear justification of how the study relates to dynamics in Latin America must be provided. CLAG Field Study Awards are for field and archival research, not for attendance at academic meetings;
  • Recipients of previous CLAG Field Study Awards are ineligible to apply with the exception that previous winners at the Master’s level may apply for the Ph.D. level award if they are enrolled in a Ph.D. program;
  • Fieldwork must be conducted during the dates in the proposal. Any proposed significant changes must be reported to the CLAG Chair;
  • All awardees must provide a home address;
  • US awardees must supply a US social security number to the CLAG Treasurer before receiving the award (this is necessary for CLAG to comply with IRS reporting obligations). 

Guidelines

Proposals will be evaluated on criteria including but not limited to the following:

  • Quality of the proposal (coherent research question; clearly described and viable research design research question situated in relevant theoretical or conceptual literature; viable research timeline; feasibility of the proposed work; adequate preparation demonstrated; academic rigor; potential contribution to Latin American geography);
  • Other funding sources available to students to support fieldwork. 

A selection committee will review all applications and make a recommendation to the CLAG chair. Awardees will be notified by April 10, 2018. The award winners will be recognized at the 2018 CLAG-LASG Business Meeting at the AAG Annual Meeting in New Orleans and on the CLAG website.

All applications should be submitted via email to Christian Brannstrom <cbrannst@geos.tamu.edu> no later than March 16, 2018 as a single document that includes the following items: 1) the applicant cover sheet (appended below), 2) the fieldwork proposal narrative, 3) Curriculum Vitae (maximum 2 pages). A letter of support should be sent separately, directly from the recommender. Please save the file as “YourLastName_ CLAG_2018_Field”. Email subject line should indicate “CLAG 2018 Field Study Award Application”.

Fieldwork Proposal Narrative

Please write a narrative describing your proposed field and/or archival research, including a brief description of methods and theoretical approach, research timeline, and specify how CLAG money will be spent. Maximum length: 5 pages, typed, double-spaced, 12 pt Times New Roman, 1” margins. A list of cited references must be included but will not count toward the page limit.

Curriculum Vitae

Two-page maximum. Please include any other sources of funding available (or that have been applied for) for travel and research for the fieldwork to be conducted.

Faculty Letter of Support

Each application must be accompanied by one letter of support from the student’s primary faculty advisor. The Faculty Letter of Support should address the following aspects:

  • The student’s abilities and promise in the field of geography with a focus on Latin America, as well as the potential significance and impact of the proposed research;
  • Assessment of the student’s ability to conduct the proposed fieldwork effectively;
  • Assessment of the student’s language proficiency to conduct the fieldwork effectively, including courses taken, standardized test scores of language proficiency exams, or other experiences indicating language proficiency.

The Faculty Letter of Support must be sent to the CLAG Honors Committee chair: Christian Brannstrom, <cbrannst@geos.tamu.edu> as an email attachment whose title is “Student’sLastName_Letter_Support”.

Required Reports

Successful award recipients are required to write a 2-page final research report describing their fieldwork experiences, detailing how the funds were spent, and achievement of objectives is due to the Chair of CLAG by October 15, 2018. These reports will be published on the CLAG website and in summary form in the CLAG Newsletter (see here for previous years' reports). 

More Information

Please direct your questions to Christian Brannstrom, CLAG Study Field Study Award Committee Chair.

We look forward to reviewing your innovative proposals.

View the field reports of past award recipients here, and check back to see the field reports from this year's awardees.