Council on Latin American and Iberian Studies

Student Grants and Prizes

CLAIS supports summer research through fellowships for selected undergraduate and graduate students, including the Albert Bildner Prize, and the Latin American and Iberian Studies Travel Prize, the Tinker Field Research Grants, and the Steven Clark Senior Essay Travel Grant . To apply for any student grant, go to

Latin American and Iberian Studies Summer Travel Grants
Open to Junior undergraduates and graduate students to conduct research in Latin America, the Caribbean, Portugal or Spain.  Not applicable for language training, study abroad, internships or service projects. Awards are typically $500-$750, and are intended to help defray travel costs only. Click here for more information.

The Albert Bildner Travel Prize
Open to Junior undergraduate students only, the Bildner Prize supports travel to Latin America for summer research related to the senior essay.  The Council grants one Bildner prize per year in the range of $500-$900. Bildner candidates must submit a project proposal in both English and Spanish or Portuguese. Click here for more information.

Critical Innovation Fund
La Casa, the Tsai Center for Innovative Thinking at Yale (Tsai CITY), and the Center for Latin American and Iberian Studies sponsor the Critical Innovation Fund. The Critical Innovation Fund consists of five $1,500 awards, which will be given out to teams with the strongest proposals for innovative ways to address pressing immigration challenges in America. Teams can apply with any idea — an event, a movement, an educational campaign, a technological innovation, a storytelling project, a work of art — that addresses current immigration challenges in America. Interdisciplinary teams from across Yale and New Haven are welcome. All are encouraged to apply, but teams must consist of at least one current Yale student. Click here for more information. 2018 award winners.

The Tinker Field Research Grants
The Tinker Field Research Grants are awarded for use for travel and field-related expenses for brief periods of pre-dissertation field research in Latin America. Grants are awarded to graduate students with litle or no previous experience in Latin America and are not to be used for dissertation research. Applications for projects that focus on economic policy, governance, environmental policy, and public policy are strongly encouraged. Click here for more information.

The Steven L. Clark Senior Essay Travel Grant
Established to honor the legacy of Steven L. Clark, this fund supports research travel related to the undergraduate student essay. This fund can fund research done during the summer after the Junior year. All undergraduate students are welcome to apply; however, preference will be given to projects related to Latin America.  The final selections will be made by a committee of representatives from the Council on Latin American & Iberian Studies at the MacMillan Center. Click here for more information.

For more information contact or stop by the Council on Latin American & Iberian Studies in Luce Hall, 34 Hillhouse Avenue, Suite 232.


Other grants and prizes are available from The MacMillan Center, as well as residential colleges. For additional information on MacMillan Center Grants and Fellowships, visit

Graduate & Professional Students
The Coca-Cola World Fund at Yale University
Foreign Language and Area Studies Fellowships (FLAS)
The MacMillan Center Dissertation Research Grants
The MacMillan Center Pre-Dissertation (Mini) Grants

Graduate, Professional & Undergraduate Students
Dreyfus Fellowships
The European Union Studies Program
The Georg Walter Leitner Program in International and Comparative Political Economy
Henry Hart Rice Foreign Residence Fellowships
Undergraduate Students
Tristan Perlroth Prize

For more information on Yale-administered Fellowships and Grants for study, research and projects abroad, please visit:

Student Grants & Fellowships at Yale University
Center for International Experience
Grants, Fellowships & Awards at The MacMillan Center
Center for International and Professional Experience

Awarded Prizes