$1,500 James R. Scobie Award Scholarship – United States 2022

Written by K Fisher on February 14, 2022

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Latin America

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Scholarship details

  • Area of study

  • Country of the Scholarship

  • Scholarship Valid Until (Year)

  • Type of scholarship

    Ph.D. scholarship
  • Scholarship amount given

    $1000 - $3000
  • Type of scholarship administrator

    Private sponsor
  • Mode of scholarship (Online/Offline)

  • Applier's country

    United States
  • Expenses covered

    Travel and visa costs
  • Scholarship Contact Details

    Email: [email protected]

The group that founded The Conference on Latin American History, started in the 1920’s time period. This official recognized organization for the Latin American Historical Community does work and is affiliated with the national American Historical Association.

Latin American countries consist of:

  • Costa Rica
  • Peru
  • El Salvador
  • Nicaragua
  • Guatemala
  • Honduras
  • Venezuela
  • Panama
  • Brazil
  • Cuba
  • Haiti
  • Dominican Republic
  • Puerto Rico
  • Colombia
  • Ecuador
  • Bolivia
  • Chile
  • Argentina
  • Uruguay
  • Paraguay
  • Mexico

Even as far back as the 1910’s meetings were held to fully see what could be done to bring forth a Latin American committee that could overlook long-forgotten histories. We are talking about thousands upon thousands of published works and textbooks that depicted cultural life that within recent history, had never been shared before. Through the 1950s and into the 1960s multiple possibilities were created through prized awards and recognition from the Conference committee panel. This way creators and researchers who had a keen insight into which destinations were a gold pot of history could be researched and provided a time scale. Places like Venezuela could finally receive an expedition to uncover lost civilizations that are crucial and essential to history as we know it.

It wouldn’t be until the 1950’s the Golden Era of Hollywood when multiple prize-winning awards would be given out and established within the Latin American community. Thankfully, this conference committee was able to give out these incredible awards:


  • James A. Robertson Prize for the best article published in the Hispanic American Historical Review
  • Distinguished Service Award, the highest honor of the organization
  • Herbert E. Bolton-John J. Johnson Prize for the best book in English on Latin American history
  • Lewis Hanke Award to enable revision of a dissertation into a publishable book
  • James R. Scobie Awards to support travel for dissertation research
  • Lydia Cabrera Award, for Cuban history up to 1898
  • Howard F. Cline Memorial Prize for the best book on Latin American ethnohistory
  • Warren Dean Award for Brazilian history
  • Elinor Melville Award for the best book in environmental history
  • María Elena Martínez Prize for the best work on Mexican history
  • Paul Vanderwood Award for the best article published in a journal other than Hispanic American Historical Review
  • Antonine Tibesar Award for the best article published in The Americas

These awards were given to those who not only provided research on Latin American culture but those who were able to give light and a full picture of what was missing from Latin American history.



  • Any applicants that apply must be working on their Ph.D. when applying.
  • This means students over the age of 18 years would be better suited for this task.
  • The applicant must show current and ongoing research that is based on Latin American culture or history.
  • Both male and female applicants may apply.
  • Applicants that have a prior criminal record should not apply for this scholarship award.
  • Applicants will need to apply with a Ph. D. dissertation topic that revolves around Latin American history, which means applicants will need to plan out a travel budget.



The applicants who apply must have a planned out research Ph. D. dissertation topic that focuses solely on Latin American History. This is also a scholarship award where international travel is evident. And as of 2022, the international abroad location looks like it will be Venezuela. Even though students can apply for travel to any Latin American place.


How to Apply

First off, it should be stated that only certain other fundings can be used with this scholarship/grant award. Such an award like this should not be combined with a research grant for an extended stay. This Scobie award can be used in combination with other funds as long as they are not for international travel. There will be a final report that will need to be authorized and seen to that all of the necessary travel arrangements fit within the $1,500 USD prize amount.

Applicants should send all of their applications to this email address and no other: [email protected]  and applicants cannot send past the deadline date. Otherwise, that application will simply be ignored.

All applicants should include in their application is a  strict and tentative research schedule for that time period which can only extend from 4 weeks to 8 weeks.

All applicants must present a comprehensive proposal research time frame, which is no longer than 1,500 words, and a preliminary bibliography.

Along with any transcripts and any research that has already been conducted for their Latin American history expose.


Reward – Extra Benefits

An estimated $1,500 USD is awarded to a handful of recipients that are picked by a panel or committee from The Conference on Latin American History, based on what Ph.D. applicants show the best research depiction on representative Latin American cultural history.

This is such a specific scholarship award topic that only students who are working on their Ph.d. will be granted the potential to receive the $1,500 USD research grant/scholarship amount. The amount may be risen to give adequate funding depending on the depth of the research and time scale.

The applicant that is chosen to be a recipient would, however, need to speak with the committee about expanding the international travel budget which is mainly the entire $1,500 USD award prize.



The official and only deadline date is April 8, 2022. There is no extension of the deferred date available which means this Scobie award can only be used for the summer months.

All individuals who wish to apply for this Scobie educational research scholarship/grant award should understand the amount of research they should and need to provide. Additional information may be asked to be provided by the panel of judges as well.

All applicants should check with the website to see what destinations may be considered the “mainstays” for that following academic year.


Open Submission Window Time Frame

The open submission window time frame is open from February to April 8, 2022. All possible applicants should read through the guidelines and rules associated with this highly specific scholarship award before applying.



This is an annual scholarship that picks around five individual Ph.D. students per year. The amount of students picked per year does fluctuate from five to ten, depending on how much funding is available through the committee.

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