IAF’s Fellowships provide support for Ph.D. candidates to conduct dissertation research in Latin America and the Caribbean on topics related to grassroots development. Funding is for between four and 12 months.

The 2015-2016 deadline is JANUARY 20, 2015 by 5:00 EST.
  • Round-trip economy-class transportation to the field research site from the Fellow’s primary residence (in compliance with the Fly America Act);
  • A research allowance of up to $3,000, pro-rated monthly;
  • A stipend of $1,500 per month for up to 12 months, with partial months pro-rated;
  • Accident and sickness insurance;
  • Attendance at a required “mid-year" Grassroots Development Conference to share findings and discuss progress with each other, members of the IAF's academic review committee and IAF and IIE staff.

Fellowships are available to currently registered students who have advanced to candidacy for the Ph.D. in the social sciences, physical sciences, technical fields and the professions as related to grassroots development issues. Applications for clinical research in the health field will NOT be considered.

Awards are based on both development and scholarly criteria. Proposals should offer a practical orientation to field-based information. In exceptional cases the IAF will support research reflecting a primary interest in macro questions of politics and economics but only as they relate to the environment of the poor. The Fellowship Program complements IAF’s support for grassroots development in Latin America and the Caribbean, and preference for those applicants whose careers or research projects are related to topics of greatest interest to the IAF. These include, but are not limited to, the following:

  • Organizations promoting grassroots development among poor and disadvantaged peoples;
  • The financial sustainability and independence of development organizations;
  • Trends affecting historically excluded groups, such as African descendants, indigenous peoples, women, people with disabilities and young people;
  • Transnational development;
  • The role of corporate social responsibility in grassroots development;
  • The impact of globalization on grassroots development;
  • The impact on the quality of life of the poor of grassroots development activities in such areas as sustainable agriculture and natural resource management, housing, health care, education, urban development, technology transfer, jobs creation, LGBT, and marketing and small-enterprise development.

Register for an informational webinars about the 2015-2016 IAF Grassroots Development Fellowship Program competition.

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Several webinars will be held in January for last minute applicants.  You may also send an e-mail to with your availability to request a webinar.

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Click on a link below to register for a webinar Date Time Day
December 15, 2014 - 2:00 PM - IAF Info Session December 15, 2014 11:30 AM M
December 17, 2014 - 10:00 AM - IAF Info Session December 17, 2014 10:00 AM W
December 18, 2014 - 10:30 AM - IAF Info Session December 18, 2014 10:30 AM Th

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