Grad Summer Research

HIA Latin America Summer Research Fellowship



At HIA, we are disappointed that graduate students will not be able to engage in summer travel for international research. To make sure that students continue to receive support that will help them to make progress toward their dissertations, we have decided to offer fellowships for alternative research plans that include a Latin American or hemispheric component. These will range from $500 to $1,500 and must be used in Summer 2021.



  • MA and PhD students are eligible
    • Preference will be given to students who are not yet doctoral candidates and who have not received prior HIA Summer Field Research funding



Some of the options we envision include:

  • Language training. Last summer we supported six students to study, among other languages, Haitian Creole, Embera, Unagem Tunuu, Nahuatl, and Quechua. We would strongly prefer accredited courses (at a US university or FLAS-recognized program), but will also consider other programs. We will consider Spanish and Portuguese but you must show the relevance for your project and explain the reasons why you are tackling it now rather than during the school year.

  • Research training. Here are two examples of learning new skills in methodology or theory. 

  • Archive Immersion. Libraries and archives are increasing their online options. Please be as specific as possible about what sources you would study and how they apply to your research. We expect to provide $500 a week for up to three weeks.

  • Interviews. If you need to dedicate time to interviewing via Zoom, WhatsApp, or phone. Please be specific about with whom and why as well as about your methodology. Please inquire whether you need IRB approval.

*For more detailed information, please reference the documents down below (available in pdf and word formats)

Please email the following information [linked application] in a PDF to Lori Odenweller ( and Charles Walker (

Deadline to apply: May 10 by 5pm