The Dr. Clyde Snow Fund for Latin American and Caribbean Studies

Application deadline: Tuesday, April 30, 2019 -5:00 pm

Click here to submit your application materials to Google Forms.


With the generous support of Dr. Vincent Phillips*, the Dr. Clyde Snow Fund for Latin American and Caribbean Studies was established in Fall 2016 to honor the work and legacy of a groundbreaking forensic anthropologist who combined academic training with the tireless pursuit of justice. Dr. Snow helped track down Josef Mengele in Brazil and worked to bring peace and justice to the families of the disappeared in Argentina, Guatemala, El Salvador, and around the world.


The fund is open to students enrolled in any undergraduate, graduate or professional school at the University of Washington. The funds can be used to support travel and related expenses, living expenses, and research materials on projects in or about Latin America and the Caribbean that are in the spirit of the social justice-oriented work of Dr. Snow. Awarded amounts are expected to range from $250 to $1000.

Submission and Selection Process  

Applicants will be asked to submit via Google Forms the following materials:

1) Unofficial transcript

2) Most current CV

3) One-page proposal – Applicants must submit a short one page proposal that includes the goal(s) of the research, how the research will be conducted, and a brief description of expenses.

4) Letter of reference – Applicants must also ask a faculty mentor to submit a letter of recommendation on their behalf. The letter of reference should be e-mailed by mentor directly to

A selection committee comprised of the LACS chair, a LACS faculty member, and a LACS student will select the Dr. Clyde Snow awardees. The committee will base their decision on the scholarly merit, feasibility, and fit of the project with the legacy of Dr. Snow’s work on social justice. The committee will determine the number of awardees and the amount of individual awards.

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* We want to acknowledge and express our gratitude to our generous donor, Dr. Vincent Phillips, MD and Internal Medicine doctor in Tacoma, WA at Mso Washington.

¡Gracias, Dr. Phillips!

Congratulation to the 2018 Dr. Clyde Snow Fund Recipients!

Caitlin M. Alcorn – Geography

With funding from the Dr. Clyde Snow Fund, I will travel to São Paulo, Brazil to begin conducting interviews with domestic workers and employers as part of my dissertation research. Part-time day work is increasingly replacing full-time work as the dominant employment arrangement within the paid domestic service sector, one of Brazil’s largest sectors of female employment. I am interested in understanding the impacts of this shift, particularly on the daily lives of workers and employers, their employment relationship, and the organizing efforts of both domestic workers’ and employers’ unions.

Leyla Savloff – Anthropology

I focus on the social experience of women striving for freedom and belonging, while negotiating the institution of motherhood and the aftermaths of incarceration. Engaging with a growing global concern over gender violence, my dissertation asks: How do women reimagine their lives after punishment? What are the potentials of women-only spaces? How do these spaces work to end gender violence? The funds from the Dr. Clyde Snow award will assist in paying for my travel to Buenos Aires in August to conduct wrap-up interviews that illuminate the continuum of institutional and gendered violence that incarcerated women in Argentina are subjected to.

Emily Willard – International Studies & Law, Society and Justice

I will be traveling to Guatemala this summer to share my preliminary research findings with the community I am working with for my dissertation research. I want to get their feedback and perspectives on the research so far, and discuss next steps with them as far as writing conclusions and possible publication. I also will conduct follow-up interviews as well as assist in the preparations for and attend the 20th anniversary celebration of the founding of their town at the end of July 2018, a central part of my research and our work together. The funds will help pay for my travel expenses, and the production of educational material for the town.

Megan Zebert-Judd – International Studies & Law, Society and Justice

The Dr. Clyde Snow Fund will support my travel expenses this summer as I ethnographically participate in law enforcement trainings in the US Mexico Borderlands. In order to understand dominant discourses of border making and analyze how local and federal agents and police are trained, I will immerse myself in the narratives of the security community and gather training materials. These training materials will be studied and contextualized with the history of the US Mexico Border. This analysis is part of my dissertation project which discusses religious expertise, law enforcement profiling, and conflict in the Borderland.

Lisa Michelle White – International Studies

Thankful for the generous support provided by Dr. Vincent Phillips through the Clyde Snow Fund. Living liquid modernity, we are rapidly moving towards a crashing of collective worldviews, swirling around living issues of water. Locally we reach for the promise of a hyperconnected, biotechnological world while we lose touch with the roots of place and the knowledge of our own internal seas.

With future implications in novel social and structural research, I will use Zika epidemic as a case study for discourse analysis of risk communication. Funding will help with travel expenses as I will return to Brazil in June for preliminary field studies relating responses to Zika within community health sites.

2017 Dr. Clyde Snow Fund Recipients

Elizabeth Shoffner – Geography 

“I will be spending two months this summer conducting preliminary dissertation research in the borderlands of the Río Uruguay, primarily in the areas that would be directly affected by the proposed Garabí-Panambí hydroelectric complex.  If constructed, this joint project between Argentina and Brazil would physically and ecologically remake the national border, displace thousands, and potentially inundate important conservation areas.  In imagining a radical decolonial environmentalism, I am interested in the inclusions and exclusions produced by collective political action in opposition to the Garabí-Panambí.  Specifically, I will be investigating how claims to nature/place or against “development” might be predicated on and/or visibilize certain identities and subjects while eliding or silencing others.”

Angie Tamayo – Psychology

“In August, I will travel to El Salvador to work with ProBusqueda, a human rights organization that seeks for children disappeared during the Civil War in the country. During my trip, we will design a psycholegal support methodology for the organization; based on the literature review I did and the experience they already have. By building a bridge between psychologists and lawyers, we pretend to provide a better support to the families in their called for justice in courts. The funds from the Dr. Clyde Snow award will help me to pay for food and lodging during the two weeks I will be in El Salvador.”

Emily Willard – Henry M. Jackson School of International Studies (JSIS) 

“My plan is to develop a collaborative project with the community of Nuevo Amanecer to support their existing work to preserve the town’s historical memory of the conflict in Guatemala. The community has expressed a desire to use the preservation and presentation of their history as a self-sustaining economic development tool for their town. Potential activities are: to organize a short and long term educational program for their town’s anniversary celebration, expand the memorial at the local church, and repair the central meeting hall where all community remembrance, meeting, and celebration events take place.”

Megan Zebert-Judd – Henry M. Jackson School of International Studies (JSIS) 

“Law enforcement throughout the U.S. Southwest and Pacific Northwest have targeted migrants who practice informal Catholicism by associating their beliefs with the narcotics trade and labeling these communities narco cults. This process systematically violates the rights of already marginalized individuals, and it restricts how informal religious groups may symbolically represent themselves in the United States. The amount granted by the Dr. Clyde Snow Fund will support my living and travel costs while I analyze training materials and conduct interviews with those who produce the training materials used to target migrants in the Southwest United States. This amount will directly enable the completion of this preliminary analysis over the summer.”

Honorable Mention: Caitlin Alcorn – Geography