Call for Proposals
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
The online application form is available for
submission at the following URL: http://bit.ly/PLACA17
The online application consists of a
number of questions about your academic status, contact information,
outstanding award applications, and preliminary information about your project.
Create your proposal as a word document and upload it
to the online application.
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).
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.
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.
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.).
Vita. Upload your Curriculum Vitae to the online application.
Your contact information (mail, tel., email) should appear there.
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 firstname.lastname@example.org 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
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.
questions on the application process, contact Amy Marsden email@example.com
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: firstname.lastname@example.org
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.