Grad Summer Research

HIA Latin America Summer Research Fellowship

HIA Latin America & Caribbean Summer Field Research Award

We are so excited to be able to offer the Summer Field Research Award for Summer 2022! The grants range from $500-$2,000, and travel must be completed by September 30th, 2022. 

**The fellowships are based on our belief that UC Davis will allow international travel in Summer 2022. International travel must be permitted by UC Davis to use these funds. 


  • Registered UC Davis graduate students in good standing (MA and PhD students are eligible)
  • NOT received prior HIA Summer Fellowship funding (2021 recipients can apply)
  • HIA research awards are for pre-dissertation field research; they are not to be used for advanced dissertation research. The grants range from $500 to $2,000.



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.

Please email the following information in a PDF to Megan Klisiewicz (

  • A proposal narrative (single PDF, 1 to 2 pages, double spaced) that describes your project and its relevance to your degree. Please outline the objectives of your project and the methodology to be used.
  • A basic itemized budget explaining your proposed field research expenses.
  • A brief recommendation letter from your advisor that is specific to your proposed project.
Deadline to apply: March 19th, 2022