The James R. Scobie Award

Up to $1,500 is awarded each year for an exploratory research trip abroad to determine the feasibility of a Ph.D. dissertation topic dealing with some facet of Latin American history. One or more travel grants will be awarded each year. The awards will be made by a committee appointed by the CLAH president and confirmed by the CLAH General Committee.

The purpose of the award is to permit a short, exploratory research trip abroad (normally four to twelve weeks) to determine the feasibility of a Ph. D. dissertation topic dealing with some facet of Latin American history.

Up to five travel grants will be awarded each year. The funds are to be used only for international travel expenses and may not exceed $1,500. The grant must be used during the summer following the award, unless there is prior approval from the Award Committee and the Secretariat of the Conference on Latin American History. Under no circumstances is the award to be combined with a research grant for an extended stay. Scobie awards may be used in combination with other funds as long as they are not for international travel. The final report should indicate sources and amounts of all awards received.

2021 COVID-19 exception: Scobies are traditionally awarded “for exploratory research trip abroad to determine the feasibility of a Ph.D. dissertation topic dealing with some facet of Latin American history.”  However, because of disruptions of the Covid-19 pandemic, in the 2021 cycle, the committee will consider a broader range of uses of pre-dissertation funding, as long as applicants offer compelling justification and a clear statement on how the expense is related to establishing the feasibility of a dissertation on the people and past of Latin American and the Caribbean. This includes but is not limited to expenses related to digital or oral history projects, survey research, data analysis software, reproduction or rights to materials.

All applications are to be emailed to CLAHScobieAwards@gmail.com no later than April 8, 2021 and must include:
1. a prospectus of proposed research, no longer than 1,500 words and a preliminary bibliography.
2. a tentative research schedule for the grant period.
3. a current curriculum vitae, with a notation of date of comprehensive exam.

Separately, two letters of recommendation, one of which should attest to the language competence (Spanish or Portuguese) of the applicant, are required. These letters should also be emailed to CLAHScobieAwards@gmail.com.

All applicants for the Scobie Awards must be CLAH members. Non-members can join the CLAH here

The Scobie Award Committee will send its final recommendation to the Secretariat by April 25, 2021. At the end of the grant period, each award recipient must submit a final report to the CLAH Secretariat outlining what was accomplished.

Scobie Award Committee for 2021:

 Hal Langfur (Chair)
University of Buffalo
hlangfur@buffalo.edu

Fernanda Bretones
University of Florida
f.bretones@ufl.edu

Sarah Foss
Oklahoma State University
safoss@okstate.edu

Deadline to apply: April 8, 2021.

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