Inter-American Foundation Grassroots Development Fellowship Program

Application Deadline:  January 11, 2017

The Inter-American Foundation (IAF) 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.

Fellowships provide support for Ph.D. candidates to conduct dissertation research in Latin America and the Caribbean on topics related to grassroots development for between four and 12 months.  The award includes:

  • Round-trip , Fly America Act compliant, economy-class transportation to the field research site from the Fellow’s primary residence, and to additional countries of multi-country projects – up to a maximum of $3,000;
  • A research allowance of up to $3,000, pro-rated monthly;
  • A stipend of $1,500 per month for up to 12 months, partial months are pro-rated;
  • Emergency accident and sickness insurance
  • Attendance (all expenses paid) at a required orientation workshop at IAF’s office in Washington, D.C. (traditionally in October) to meet IAF staff and create synergies between the Fellow’s research and IAF work.
  • Attendance (all expenses paid) at a required “mid-year” Grassroots Development Conference (traditionally in February) to share findings and discuss progress with each other, members of the IAF’s academic review committee and IAF and IIE staff.


  • 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.

For complete information about this opportunity, including how to apply, click here.