CLAS headquarters, 2334 Bowditch Street, between Channing Way and Durant Avenue The Center for Latin American Studies has announced the Tinker Field Research Grant competition for summer 2013. Tinker Field Research Grants fund airfare to Latin America for pre-dissertation research and are available to UC Berkeley graduate students from all disciplines. The deadline to apply is Monday, February 18, 2013. The grants provide graduate students with funds for travel to and within Latin America to conduct pre-doctoral research. These awards allow students to acquire a comprehensive knowledge of language and culture, familiarize themselves with information sources relevant to their studies, conduct pilot studies and preliminary investigations, and develop contacts with scholars and institutions in their respective fields. To date, over 6,600 graduate students from 45 universities around the country have participated. For more information about the application process, come to our informational meeting or see the application materials on the CLAS website. The Center for Latin American Studies (CLAS) at UC Berkeley is a National Resource Center dedicated to promoting research and community awareness about issues affecting Latin America. The Tinker Foundation was created in 1959 by author and philanthropist Edward Larocque Tinker (1881-1968), who was convinced that the future freedom and prosperity of the peoples of the Americas depended upon their mutual trust, friendship, and cooperation.