IAF Grassroots Development PhD Fellowship Program 2013-2014
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IAF Grassroots Development PhD Fellowship Program is now opened for 2013-14 academic year applications. Full details:

IAF Grassroots Development PhD Fellowship

School: Research in Latin America and the Caribbean

Level:PhD Research Fellowship

Deadline:January 22, 2013.

Funded by: International Institute of Education (IIE)

Fields:Anthropology, Archaeology, Cognitive Sciences, Communication, Computer Science, Cultural Studies, Economics, Gender Studies, Geography, Government, Government, History,Information Sciences, Journalism, Language Sciences, Latin American Studies, Library Sciences, Mexican American Studies, Philosophy, Political Science, Public Policy, Religion, Sociology,Women's Studies .

Beneficiaries: Fellowships are open for scholars who like to conduct dissertation research in Latin America and the Caribbean on topics related to grassroots development.


  • Maximum amount: $21,000
  • Plus international airfare and benefits
  • Activities funded:Dissertation/Thesis
  • Activities funded:Research
  • Duration of the fellowship : Funding is for between four and 12 months.
  • Number of Fellowships: About 5 Doctoral Field Research Fellowships are awarded.


  • IAF Grassroots Development PhD Fellowship programmes are available to currently registered students who have advanced to candidacy (by the time research begins) for the Ph.D. in the social sciences, physical sciences, technical fields and the professions as related to grassroots development issues.
  • Inter-American Foundation provide support for Ph.D. candidates to conduct dissertation research in Latin America and the Caribbean on topics related to grassroots development.
  • The Inter-American Foundation expects to award up to 15 Doctoral Field Research Fellowships in 2013.
  • Applications for clinical research in the health field will NOT be considered.
  • IAF’s Grassroots Development awards are based on both development and scholarly criteria.
  • Proposals should offer a practical orientation to field-based information.
  • In exceptional cases the Inter-American Foundation will support research reflecting a primary interest in macro questions of politics and economics but only as they relate to the environment of the poor.


  • The Fellowship Program complements Inter-American Foundation support for grassroots development in Latin America and the Caribbean, and preference for those applicants whose careers or research projects are related to topics of greatest interest to the IAF.
  • These include, but are not limited to, the following:
  • (1) Organizations promoting grassroots development among poor and disadvantaged peoples;
  • (2)The financial sustainability and independence of development organizations;
  • (3)Trends affecting historically excluded groups, such as African descendants, indigenous peoples, women, people with disabilities and young people;
  • (4)Transnational development;
  • (5)The role of corporate social responsibility in grassroots development; (6)The impact of globalization on grassroots development;
  • The impact on the quality of life of the poor of grassroots development activities in such areas as sustainable agriculture and natural resource management, housing, health care, education, urban development, technology transfer, jobs creation, and marketing and small-enterprise development.
  • Inter-American Foundation funding is for between four and 12 months. Research during the 2013-2014 cycle must be initiated between June 1, 2013 and May 31, 2014.

Applicants of IAF Grassroots Development PhD Fellowship Program should submit the following:

  1. A complete research prospectus - an application statement, a field research prospectus, a Curriculum Vitae (custom), and a Personal Statement
  2. A letter of University Certification
  3. A letter of affiliation from at least one host organization
  4. Statement of IRB Status or proof of submission or approval
  5. Graduate transcripts
  6. Three academic letters of reference, one which must be from the chair of the applicant's dissertation committee
  7. A Language Proficiency Report.
  8. Selected candidates must present proof of candidacy and IRB exemption or approval prior to receiving funding or entering the field.

Scholarship Application Method:

  • Apply by post
  • Application is open until January 22, 2013.
  • Contact: iaffellowships@iie.org

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