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Attention Syracuse University Graduate Students

PLACA Graduate Student Summer Research Grants

This year the Program on Latin America and the Caribbean (PLACA) will grant awards to graduate students of
up to $1,500 to support field research in Latin America and the Caribbean during the summer of 2017.

The purpose of the award is to provide students the opportunity to gather preliminary data, make contacts, map topics, and increase the competitiveness of future proposals for funding. Any student enrolled in an MA or PhD program at Syracuse University may apply.

The awards are competitive and proposals are judged on the basis of (i) the quality of the proposed research, (ii) the organization and thoughtfulness of the proposal, and (iii) the appropriateness and feasibility of the research plan in relation to the student's background and qualifications. 

You may apply for more than one summer grant from the Moynihan Institute, but you will not receive more than one in a given year.  Other types of support that could exclude you from receiving a summer research grant include summer FLAS funding, summer de Sardon-Glass support, and other types of summer support from the Moynihan Institute.  Awards are ranked separately, so if your proposal is accepted by more than one committee, you will be awarded the better opportunity.  


DEADLINE: Thursday, February 23, 2017 at 11:59 pm EST 


Part 1.

Personal Information.  

The online application form is available for submission at the following URL:

The online application consists of a number of questions about your academic status, contact information, outstanding award applications, and preliminary information about your project.

Part 2.

The Proposal.

Create your proposal as a word document and upload it to the online application.

Page 1.

Doctoral Dissertation or MA Thesis Status. Provide a brief summary of your progress and current status in your doctoral or MA program (course work completed, research focus, faculty supervisor; dissertation or thesis committee if known).

Pages 2-3.

Research Description.

Please describe the research for which you are seeking funds. Your proposal text must be no longer than 500 words. Briefly describe your subject, locate your work and potential contributions in the most important relevant scholarship; outline your proposed methods and state why they fit your topic.   A list of references may add a page to the 500 words of text. Proposals exceeding the 500 word limit will not be considered.

Page 4.


Grants will be awarded for up to $1,500.  Please provide a detailed, complete budget with all your expenses, and indicate specifically which line items you are asking PLACA to fund. Categories may include living expenses abroad while doing research, travel, per diem, survey administration, book/data/software purchases, research fees, and so on. Equipment is not eligible for inclusion in the budget.

Page 5.

Other Support.  

Please provide details on other research support that you have received for this and related research for this summer (if you have no other research support, say so explicitly). Finally, please list the other applications that you have made for research support for summer 2017 (e.g., an application to FLAS, etc.). 

Part 3.

Vita. Upload your Curriculum Vitae to the online application. Your contact information (mail, tel., email) should appear there. 

Part 4.


Please arrange for one letter of endorsement, focused on the research you propose, from a current Syracuse University faculty member. Include the person’s name in your proposal, and ask that person to send his/her letter as a pdf via their university email account to  no later than Thursday, February 23, 2017 at 11:59 pm EST.  In the online application you will be asked to identify this person and they will receive an email requesting the letter upon submission of your application. 

After applying you should receive an email notice indicating that your application was received. 


Proposals will be read by a faculty committee. The committee will rank the proposals according to their research promise, consistency with the goals indicated in these guidelines, and cost effectiveness.  Notices regarding funding are expected to be sent by email the first week of April. 

Our Expectations: Award recipients are required to (i) submit a brief report (no more than 1000 words) of research activities within three months after fieldwork is completed, including a brief account of expenditures, (ii) give a research presentation to PLACA upon invitation, and (iii) acknowledge the PLACA Graduate Student Research Grant Program in scholarly publications and presentations that result from the award.

For questions on the application process, contact Amy Marsden

For questions or more information regarding the nature of the research or evaluation process, contact Gladys McCormick, Co-Director, Program on Latin America and the Caribbean (PLACA) at:

To assist you in writing your proposal, consider attending the Proposal Writing Workshop being held in 341 Eggers Hall on Wednesday, February 8, 2017 at 4:00 p.m.   


List of PLACA Grant Recipients: 2014  --  2013  --  2011  --  2010  --  2009  --  2008  --  2007