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Alfredo D. & Luz Maria P. Gutierrez Dissertation Award for Graduate Students

Funding Applications due February 21, 2024

LACS offers one award for the Alfredo D. & Luz Maria P. Gutierrez Dissertation Award in Latin American and Caribbean Studies each year. The award of $24,054 goes to one Ph.D. candidate to support dissertation write-up. We particularly encourage nominations of students whose dissertation projects have interdisciplinary appeal.
The recipient of the award is expected to concentrate their efforts during the period of the award on writing the dissertation.

Required materials: In addition to a letter of recommendation from the dissertation adviser, nominations require the student’s thesis prospectus, a one-page statement of purpose, and CV.

Selection criteria include: The clarity and coherence of the statement of purpose and prospectus, multidisciplinary appeal, and the extent to which the student's research is innovative and evidence-based.

Online application is available here.  

Since 2008, the Alfredo D. & Luz Maria P. Gutierrez Fellowship in Latin American Studies Fund has supported innovative and interdisciplinary student scholarship at the University of Michigan. Alfredo Gutierrez graduated from U-M with his Ph.D. in economics in 1974 and his wife, Luz Maria Gutierrez, is a gifted painter. After a long career with the World Bank based in Colombia, Dr. Gutierrez served as president of J.P. Morgan Brazil before founding a private equity firm focused on companies doing business in Latin America. Now retired, the Gutierrez family direct their philanthropy toward several important education initiatives. Read more about Alfredo D. & Luz Maria P. Gutierrez in this Rackham Alumni Spotlight.