Research Clusters

East L.A., Home of the Big Buckets (Photo by Catherine S. Ramírez)

The Research Center for the Americas is pleased to offer small grants to support independent collaborative research clusters in the areas of interest to the RCA including Chicanx, Latinx, and Latin American, migration, cross-border/hemispheric, and human rights studies. Research clusters may apply for up to $800 each and can be comprised of faculty and/or graduate students.

Research Clusters depend on and foster initiative, inquiry, and teamwork on the part of participants. Faculty and/or graduate students may coordinate a cluster and members choose the cluster's topic and organize activities, such as discussions, workshops, symposia, conferences, lectures, and film screenings. UC Santa Cruz faculty and graduate students in good academic standing are eligible to apply as coordinators. The cluster is expected to acknowledge the RCA's support at any public events and in any publications related to the sponsored research. Clusters are also required to submit an activity report at the end of the fiscal year.

Please notify the RCA in advance by email if there are significant changes to your proposed budget. An example of a significant change is if you've proposed to use your funds for an event or to attend a conference, but are no longer able to do so. Any significant changes should be pre-approved.

IMPORTANT NOTE FOR GRADUATE STUDENT ONLY RESEARCH CLUSTERS: One member of your cluster will be required to attend a Wednesday mini-orientation at 9:30 a.m. in January 2019 (during the LALS graduate student colloquium) to clarify best practices for a successful cluster.

Application deadline: Friday, November 1, 2019 by 5:00 p.m. PST Click here to apply.