The UNM Latin American & Iberian Institute is now accepting applications for its Spring 2011 Field Research Grants, sponsored by the LAII and the Tinker Foundation. All faculty and graduate students interested in conducting fieldwork in Latin America or Iberia are encouraged to apply. Applications are due Monday, March 21, by 5 p.m. at the LAII, 801 Yale Blvd. NE.

FRGs provide graduate students with funding for their first or second field research experience. The grants are meant to encourage foreign area research in Latin America and Iberia of direct relevance to Latin American studies, and are intended primarily for relatively brief periods of research, such as four to eight weeks. If awarded, funding may be used to support student research conducted at any time between April 1 and October 31, 2011.

FRGs also offer faculty members the opportunity to begin fieldwork on new projects or to complete, supplement or add a comparative dimension to substantial field research conducted previously. Tenured or tenure-track faculty members are eligible, and may apply individually or jointly. If awarded, the funding may be used to support faculty research conducted at any time during the 12 months following April 1, 2011.

All who interested in applying are invited to attend an informational help session on Thursday, Feb. 17 at 1 p.m. in the LAII, sponsored by SOLAS as part of its Brown Bag Lecture Series.

For more information, contact Alexandra Blodget, 505-277-7049.