• Description

Since 1979, the Tinker Foundation has funded the Field Research Grant (FRG) Program to establish linkages among researchers to promote the study of Latin America and support relationship-building between institutions and individuals in the United States and Latin America. Through the FRG Program, Tinker has disbursed grants to over 40 Centers for Latin American Studies totaling more than $6.5 million; Centers have provided over $4 million in matched funds. The program has supported nearly 9,000 individuals to conduct field research in Latin America, namely master's- and doctorate-level graduate students. In 2019, in consideration of the 40th anniversary of the FRG Program, the Tinker Foundation commissioned the Institute of International Education (IIE) to conduct a strategic review of the FRG Program, measuring the extent to which the program has completed its intended goals and its relevance today.