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    The Inter-American Foundation Grassroots Development Fellowship Program

    The Inter-American Foundation (IAF) was created in 1969 by the United States Congress to fund the self-help initiatives of the organized poor in Latin America and the Caribbean and the groups that directly support them. To complement its work, the IAF has reinstated its Fellowships for candidates for Ph.D. degrees from United States universities as they conduct their dissertation research. IAF’s Fellowships are intended to increase awareness of grassroots development efforts while building a community of professionals and scholars knowledgeable in the subject. Fellows examine the efforts of the rural and urban poor to improve their lives, their methods of organization and production, and the policies and programs designed to alleviate their poverty. The IAF disseminates research findings of its Fellows to a broad audience concerned with development.

    The deadline for the 2017-2018 cycle is January 11, 2017.

    Prospective applicants are also encouraged to make use of the IAF’s site to learn more about their mission, grant-making and grantees, and to read their publications if they are interested in applying for the grant in a future cycle. Applicants are encouraged to attend an informational session on the application process and general overview of the fellowship.


    • The applicant must be currently enrolled in a Ph.D. program in a U.S. university.
    • The applicant’s research must be related to topics on grassroots development in the region.
    • Successful applicants must have completed all course requirements and qualifying or comprehensive examinations for the doctoral degree before initiating IAF-funded field research. Candidacy is not required at the time of application.
    • Applicants must have U.S. citizenship, or be citizens of an independent Latin American or Caribbean country (except Cuba).
    • Proposals must be for research conducted in independent Latin American or Caribbean countries (except Cuba). Research in Puerto Rico or the Dutch, French and British territories is not eligible.
    • Applicants must speak and read the language(s) appropriate to the research. An evaluation is required for each language. Native speakers must self-evaluate and send the required form.
    • Each applicant must demonstrate at least one planned substantive collaboration during the field research period with a development or applied research institution in the Latin American or Caribbean country of the research. Past affiliations have included grassroots organizations, local government agencies, universities, or a combination. A letter confirming this affiliation is required. If research is proposed in more than one country, each country must have at least one affiliation.
    • Applicants must commit to participating in at least one meeting or event organized by the IAF team in the country or countries of research.
    • Applications for clinical research in the health field will NOT be considered.
    • Split research periods are generally limited to circumstances where the resources required for the fieldwork are seasonally based.
    • The applicant must demonstrate awareness of the IAF’s program in the country(ies) of his/he research.
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