Guidelines for Applications to the CLAS/RAICCS Student Research Grants (Spring 2024 application cycle)

Update! This year we have established a partnership with the Rutgers Advanced Institute for Critical Caribbean Studies (RAICCS) to fund Caribbean-based projects.  The application process will be unitary and RAICCS (and CLAS affiliate) professor Kathleen Lopez will be involved in the selection process.



Deadline: February 1, 2024; Awardees will be notified around March 15.

Fill out the new application form on google docs.

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1.. The grants support the research work of Rutgers students interested in Latin American and Caribbean Studies (including the non-Hispanophone Caribbean). Awards are competitive and based on need and the merit of the proposed research project. No more than $1500 may be requested and often awards are not for the full amount requested. Payment will likely be made through payroll if grant recipient is an employee. Please consider this when designing budget. Non-employee awardees will be reimbursed via reimbursement with receipts.

2. Eligible applicants are graduate students whose principal research focuses on Latin America and the Caribbean; and undergraduate juniors with a record of study in Latin American Studies or Caribbean Studies. Undergraduate applicants need a brief letter of support from a faculty advisor or mentor.

3. Eligible activities include:

  • Expenses associated with research projects in Latin America and the Caribbean or its diasporas during the summer or academic year.
  • Participation in language training or other courses required for successful completion of future research.
  • Participation in field schools, international service learning, or study abroad activities.
  • Other activities that demonstrably enhance the work and goals of Latin American Studies at Rutgers University.

4. Preference will be given to students who have been active in CLAS or RAICCS-sponsored events and activities, have provided leadership in CLAS programs or mentoring to LAS students, and who have demonstrated a commitment to the Center and its mission.  Priority is also given to undergraduate majors and minors in CLAS and Caribbean Studies (LatCar).

5. Awardees and amounts will be determined by a committee composed of CLAS and RAICCS Faculty Affiliates, Executive Committee members and the CLAS Director.

6. Awardees will submit a brief report on how they used the award, due within three months of completion of the funded activity, but no later than November 1, 2024. This report should be written for a broad audience and will be posted on the CLAS website. This report is required for any further awards from CLAS grant.

7. Awardees will be required to present their work in a workshop or symposium organized by CLAS and RAICCS in the Spring of 2025.

8. . CLAS Administrator Nancy Rosario will assist you with the processing of payments. All regular SAS travel rules must be observed .For more information please consult

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