Inter-American Foundation Grassroots Development Fellowship

Funding Agency:
Institute of International Education

The Inter-American Foundation (IAF) was created in 1969 by the United States Congress to fund the self-help initiatives of the organized poor in Latin America and the Caribbean and the groups that directly support them. To complement its work, the IAF has reinstated its Fellowships for candidates for Ph.D. degrees from United States universities as they conduct their dissertation research. IAF's 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.

Deadline: Jan. 11, 2017

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Eligibility Requirements

Ph.D. candidates who are currently enrolled at a U.S. university and are citizens of the United States or of an independent country in Latin America or the Caribbean, except Cuba, may apply. Before beginning research funded under the IAF Fellowship, students must have advanced to candidacy for a Ph.D. in the social sciences, physical sciences, technical fields or other disciplines as related to grassroots development issues in Latin America or the Caribbean.

Amount Description

  • 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 (A cash allowance is provided for Fellows who are natives of the country of the research. In multi-country studies where the Fellow is a citizen of one research country, the cash allowance is provided for the period the Fellow is in the country where they hold citizenship; Fellows will be enrolled in the emergency accident and sickness for the remainder of the funded period.)
  • 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.

Funding Type



Grad/Prof Students


Engineering and Physical Sciences
International Opportunities
Medical - Basic Science
Social Sciences

External Deadline

January 11, 2017