Research Working Groups

Applications are closed

Working Groups bring together faculty and graduate students from various fields and departments with shared research interests.


Every academic year CLAS sponsors several working groups comprised of UC Berkeley faculty, staff, and students who gather regularly to discuss and share research on topics of mutual interest. CLAS provides funds to support costs related to group meetings, speaker series and small conferences. Groups can be formed based on any given country, topic, or discipline reldated to Latin America, and have covered a wide range of subject matter.

Working Group Funding

Groups are awarded $500-$1000 for the academic year. Funds provide support for discussion groups, small conferences, guest lectures, library resources, conference travel, and other activities. Please note that due to our funder’s guidelines, funds cannot be used for food or drink, or international travel. 

CLAS also offers the following support to working groups:

  • Support for virtual meetings and conferences (consulting on publicity, virtual event security, event management) 
  • For certain events, use of CLAS Zoom Webinar account (up to 500 participants) 
  • Outreach to our community at Berkeley and throughout the Americas
  • Working and meeting space when we are back on campus

New and returning groups may apply for funding. All groups must have a Faculty Advisor. 

To see last year's Working Group Grant Recipients, click here. 

Application Process

All applications must be submitted by Sunday, September 5th. Funding decisions will be communicated by September 15th. If you have questions, please contact Julia Byrd,