Eligibility Requirements

  • The applicant must be currently enrolled in a Ph.D. program in a U.S. university.
  • The applicant’s research must be related to topics on grassroots development in the region.
  • Successful applicants must have completed all course requirements and qualifying or comprehensive examinations for the doctoral degree before initiating IAF-funded field research. Candidacy is not required at the time of application.
  • Applicants must be U.S. citizens or citizens of independent Latin American and Caribbean countries (except Cuba).
  • Proposals must be for research conducted in independent Latin American and Caribbean countries (except Cuba). Research in Puerto Rico or the Dutch, French and British territories is not eligible.
  • Applicants must speak and read the language(s) appropriate to the research. An evaluation is required for each language; native speakers must self-evaluate and send the required form.
  • Each applicant must demonstrate at least one planned substantive collaboration during the field research period with a development or applied research institution in the Latin American or Caribbean country of the research. A letter confirming this affiliation is required.
  • Applicants must commit to participating in at least one meeting or event organized by the IAF team in the country of the research.
  • Applications for clinical research in the health field will NOT be considered.
  • The applicant must demonstrate awareness of the IAF's program in the country(ies) of his/he research.

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