• 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 have U.S. citizenship, or be citizens of an independent Latin American or Caribbean country (except Cuba).
  • Proposals must be for research conducted in independent Latin American or 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. Past affiliations have included grassroots organizations, local government agencies, universities, or a combination. A letter confirming this affiliation is required. If research is proposed in more than one country, each country must have at least one affiliation.
  • Applicants must commit to participating in at least one meeting or event organized by the IAF team in the country or countries of research.
  • Applications for clinical research in the health field will NOT be considered.
  • Split research periods are generally limited to circumstances where the resources required for the fieldwork are seasonally based.
  • The applicant must demonstrate awareness of the IAF's program in the country(ies) of his/he research.

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