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El Instituto Fellowships and Financial Aid

WHETTEN FUNDS, ROBERT G. MEAD, Jr. FUNDS, AND TINKER FUNDS AVAILABLE FOR GRADUATE STUDENTS

El Instituto currently manages four funds that assist graduate students with their research.

WHETTEN FUND (Travel)
The Whetten Fund provides financial assistance to graduate students for research. This fund was established to honor the memory of Nathan Whetten, first Dean of the Graduate School at the University and eminent rural sociologist, who published extensively on Latin America. Students must write a letter outlining their travel plans and reason for travel, and their letter must be accompanied by a faculty recommendation. Please contact El Instituto if you are interested in applying.

NATHAN WHETTEN FELLOWSHIP (Award)
A fellowship may be awarded annually to a graduate students specializing in Latin American Studies.

ROBERT G. MEAD, Jr. FELLOWSHIP (Award)
Awarded to a graduate student in any discipline specializing in Latin America

GRADUATE ASSISTANTSHIPS (Financial Aid)
El Instituto has a limited number of half-time graduate assistantships available. These include a tuition waiver, stipend and health insurance.

For more information on Whetten Funds or graduate assistantships click here

TINKER FOUNDATION RESEARCH GRANTS (Travel)
In 2009, the Center of Latin American and Caribbean Studies was awarded a grant by the Tinker Foundation’s Field Research Program to provide graduate students with travel funds to Latin America and the Caribbean. These awards allowed students to acquire a comprehensive knowledge of language and culture, to familiarize themselves with information source relevant to their studies, to conduct pilot studies and preliminary investigations, and to develop contacts with scholars in their fields. These awards were made over a three year period and the Tinker Foundation funds were matched by funds from the University of Connecticut’s College of Liberal Arts and Sciences, Vice Provost of Research, College of Agriculture and Natural Resources, and the Office of International Affairs. Awards are limited to graduate students conducting predissertation research. MA and PhD students are eligible. Puerto Rico is considered to be within the United States and therefore not a funded destination at this time. For examples of recent Tinker research projects click here.
It is anticipated that these grants will become available again in 2015-2016.