How to Apply
Brandeis graduate students and undergraduates in all departments are eligible to apply, although priority is given to students in the LACLS major/minor and those who have not already received a Jane’s Grant. Proposals connected with an academic project at any level and with internships are eligible. Grants are also available for groups of students traveling to Latin America during breaks in connection with a class or structured study project.
Recipients will be required to present their research to the Brandeis community and LACLS program in connection with the LACLS 1a course, and with a brief (@250 word) written description and any photos for circulation on social media and in the annual newsletter.
Recipients (undergraduate and graduate) must be enrolled at Brandeis during the semester or year after a summer research trip.
Research conducted over the winter break must be at least 2.5 weeks long. Summer research trips must be at least 4 weeks long. The minimum length of group or class trips during winter and spring breaks will be decided on a case-by-case basis.
Preparing Your Proposal
Before submitting a Jane’s Travel and Research Grant, you should have gathered the following information:
- The location, duration and reason for your project
- Any previous training or experience you have that prepares you for the project
- If needed, your language proficiency for the project.
- If this is a research project, a statement of your research question/objective.
- If a service or other project, a description of your goals and anticipated outcomes. (250 words)
- If this is part of a research project, a discussion of how the research will build on existing scholarship in the discipline in which you are studying. (250 words)
- For all projects, the methods you will apply or activities you will carry out (100 words).
- A itemized budget must be included with your proposal, including sources for your cost estimates and a explanation of the reason for the different budget items. airfare, cost of food, lodging, transportation within the country, and so. In 2020-2021, Jane’s Travel and Research grants will cover reasonable purchases of technology, memberships and admissions fees and cellphone data to aid online research.
- Your Brandeis transcript (unofficial copy OK)
- Finally, you should arrange for two recommendations from Brandeis professors who have taught you in a course. Both letters should comment on the feasibility of the proposed project as well as the applicant's ability to conduct the research. Letters sent directly to Mangok Bol by 5 pm on the proposal deadline.
Jane’s Travel and Research Grant applications may be submitted via this form.
Proposals involving research with human subjects (interviews, participant observation, etc.) require proof of clearance from the Human Research Protection Program (HRPP). The committee provides oversight and assurance that human subjects are protected from possible harm during the research. Approval may require several months, and students are therefore urged to work with faculty advisers to begin the process well before the submission of the travel grant proposal. Proposals still undergoing the review process may be submitted, with the understanding that the release of funds depends on final approval.
If you have questions concerning your project, and whether it requires the approval of the HRPP, please contact your advisor or The Brandeis Human Research Protection Program
Proposals are reviewed by a committee of faculty members from the LACLS program. Applicants may be called for an interview at the committee's discretion.
Please contact the academic administrator Mangok Bol for any questions.