Inter-American Foundation (IAF) Grassroots Development Fellowship Program | Eligibility

Eligibility

Eligibility:

  • 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.
  • 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.
  • Applications for clinical research in the health field will NOT be considered.

Restrictions:

  • An IAF Fellowship will not be awarded to individual who, at the time of submitting the application and during the period when such application is under consideration, is a party to a contract with the Inter-American Foundation to perform in-country services or is a director, officer, employee, or contractor of an in-country service organization under contract to the Inter-American Foundation.
  • During their field research period, IAF Fellows are prohibited from being a party to a contract with the Inter-American Foundation to perform in-country services or from holding the position of a director, officer, employee or contractor of an in-country service organization under contract to the IAF.
  • IAF Fellowship requirements prohibit the award of an IAF Fellowship to individuals employed by and on payroll of a U.S. government agency during the field research period, and to past IAF employees during the 12-month period following their separation from the IAF.
  • Successful applicants are required to disclose details of other grants/awards they have been offered for disbursement the research period. IAF Fellows cannot receive other funding (grants, fellowships, compensation, reimbursement, stipends or otherwise) in support of research conducted during the research period. Full-time employment is not permitted.
  • Funding is for between four and 12 months. Research during the 2015-2016 cycle must be initiated between June 1, 2015 and March 31, 2016. Fellows are expected to remain in the research country for the duration of the fellowship and may not be absent without the IAF’s prior written approval.

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