The Fund's priority will be travel assistance to young scholars and institutional proposals for student recruitment and retention. Latino/a scholars (whatever their research field), and all scholars (including non-Latinos/as) who are studying Latino politics in the U.S., are eligible for support. Travel grants and most research grants will be for $500. Under exceptional circumstances, a grant of up to $1,000 may be awarded. In our view, applicant scholars will gain the most by using this grant to travel to the annual meeting of the American Political Science Association.
Many scholars from across political science subfields will be in attendance; employment interviews and professional development are offered; the Latino Caucus for Political Science, and the APSA Committee on the Status of Latinas y Latinos in the Profession, will hold annual meetings; and significant audiences for your research -- among fellow scholars, granting agencies, and publishers -- will be found. We will also consider travel assistance for other purposes, including:
1) Field research
2) Attendance at a different scholarly conference; or
3) Participation in a program of the APSA Centennial Center for Political Science and Public Affairs
Institutional proposals to enhance the recruitment and retention of Latino/a undergraduate and/or graduate students, must include certification that the host institution, department, or program will provide direct financial support at least equal to the maximum $1000 grant from the Fund. Previous successful experience with similar projects would be advantageous, but is not required; we encourage institutional applicants to be innovative. Each grantee must submit a two-page application form, available online, summarizing current research activities which are relevant to the grant. This form may be submitted electronically or by hard copy, but must in either case be submitted to us, postmarked or electronically time-stamped.
Grantees must submit a follow-up report to APSA no later than October 1st (for individual awards) and one year after the award date (for institutional awards).
Grants may be awarded to any programs and/or individuals involved in the successful recruitment of promising Latinos into the discipline of political science or, alternatively, grants may be given directly to individual Latino/Latina students (at both undergraduate and graduate levels) who are participating in discipline-related programs and activities. Latino political science faculty in contingent, junior level, tenure-track, and other positions are also eligible to apply for and receive Latino Fund grants to be used for teaching, research or publishing activities. Individuals conducting research on Latino politics are also eligible to apply.