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Inter-American Foundation (IAF) Grassroots Development Fellowship

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.

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.

Last updated December 2016

Fields of Study:

  • Must be related to grassroots development


  • Latin America and the Caribbean

Program Type:

  • Research
  • Travel


  • US Citizen
  • Citizen of another country

Program Length:

  • 4-12 months


  • January 

Degree Level:

  • Graduate


  • Round-trip travel expenses + up to $3,000 research allowance + $1,500 monthly stipend + accident and sickeness insurance + cost to attend oreintation & Grassroots Development Conference