FAQs

 

This Fellowship is for up to 12 months. What if my research will take longer? What if I only need funding for
     6 months?
 

Do you provide samples of project statements/proposals from successful applicants?
Would you recommend a source for more information on the IAF and grassroots development?
I need to conduct research in more than one country. Can I apply?
The IAF Fellowships Program information mentions a “mid-year” Grassroots Development Conference. Where
     and when will it be?

According to the Eligibility Criteria, a Fellow “cannot receive funding from other sources in support of research
     activities conducted during the research period funded by the IAF Fellowship without the IAF’s prior written consent.”
     I’m applying for several grants from other sources and don’t know when I’ll hear about them. What if I get another
     grant in addition to an IAF Fellowship?

I understand that I am expected to reside continuously in the country where I intend to do research for the duration
    of my research period unless my departure is authorized. Please explain.


Q: This Fellowship is for up to 12 months. What if my research will take longer? What if I only need funding for 6 months?

A: Applicants may request IAF funding for a maximum of 12 months. The rationale for the research period, whether lasting 12 months or for a shorter duration, should be clearly stated as it is a criterion considered by the review panel.

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Q: Do you provide samples of project statements/proposals from successful applicants?

A: Past project proposals are not available for review.

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Q: Would you recommend a source for more information on the IAF and grassroots development?

A: Applicants are encouraged to read current and past issues of the IAF’s annual report and its journal, Grassroots Development. These publications are available at www.iaf.gov and in the libraries of most U.S. universities.
Copies of Inquiry at the Grassroots, a selection of journal articles written by 12 former Fellows in the doctoral field research program and published by the IAF in English and in Spanish, are available upon request for as long as they are in stock. (See link above.) The articles focus on such topics as environmentally sustainable development, sustainable agriculture, housing and health in eight Latin American and Caribbean countries.

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Q: I need to conduct research in more than one country. Can I apply? 

A: Yes. The selection committee will consider the rationale for and the feasibility of conducting research in the locations and during the time specified for each. You should identify affiliations in each country and submit all necessary research clearances and, if applicable, an additional language report. Air fare will be covered to the point farthest from the Fellow’s home in the U.S.

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Q: The IAF Fellowships Program information mentions a “mid-year” Grassroots Development Conference. Where and when will it be?

A: The date and location will be decided after the Fellows are chosen. Fellows will be notified as soon as the information is available.

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Q: According to the Eligibility Criteria, a Fellow “cannot receive funding from other sources in support of research activities conducted during the research period funded by the IAF Fellowship without the IAF’s prior written consent.” I’m applying for several grants from other sources and don’t know when I’ll hear about them. What if I get another grant in addition to an IAF Fellowship?

A: The IAF reviews requests for approval to accept other grants on an individual basis. In general the IAF will not approve a request to accept other support that runs concurrently with our Fellowship and duplicates its benefits.

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Q: I understand that I am expected to reside continuously in the country where I intend to do research for the duration of my research period unless my departure is authorized. Please explain.

A: The Fellowship Agreement reads, in relevant part:

        The Fellow agrees to reside continuously in the designated country of 
        research during the Research Period. Any departures from the designated 
        country of research must be approved by the IAF. Unapproved absences from 
        the designated country will result in deduction of maintenance funds for 
        the unapproved period.


The IAF considers departure requests on a case-by-case basis. However, unless the purpose of the authorized departure is academic or emergency-based, the Fellowship stipend will usually be reduced by an amount equal to the daily rate times the number of days spent away from the country of the research. Documentation is required.

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