Scholars specializing in Latin American studies are invited to participate in the fifth annual "Summer Program on Research Methodology," presented by the Latin American and Caribbean Studies Program (LACS) at the University of Michigan, in conjunction with the International Institute and the Inter-University Consortium for Political and Social Research (ICPSR).

    This two-month intensive program focuses on quantitative research design, and attracts graduate students, scholars, and professionals from Latin America as well as from other universities within the U.S. and overseas.

    The program couples a four-week core LACS/ICPSR workshop on "Quantitative Analysis on Latin America," with coursework in the ICPSR Summer Program in Quantitative Methods of Social Research. Students combine advanced data analysis, mathematics, computing, and statistics with attention to the conceptual premises underlying statistical models and their applicability to the study of Latin American societies and politics. In addition, participants present their own research in the workshop.

    All applicants must demonstrate a strong academic commitment to a substantive area of Latin America studies as well as a clear interest in the application of quantitative techniques of analysis.

    Financial support to attend the program is available on a competitive basis for eligible applicants. As in previous years, fellowships are available for graduate students (masters or doctoral level), scholars, and professionals who are both nationals and current residents of Latin American or Caribbean countries. Priority is given to advanced graduate students in a social science discipline.

    For the first time, limited financial support is also available for nationals of Latin American or Caribbean countries currently pursuing a Ph.D. at ICPSR-member universities in the U.S., and who intend to return to their home countries after the doctoral program; some aid also is available for doctoral students at the University of Michigan of any nationality.

    Applicants are invited to attend both ICPSR summer sessions: Session I, from June 24 to July 19, and Session II, from July 22 to August 16. All participants must attend the LACS/ICPSR specialized workshop during Session II, and priority is given to students who attend both sessions.

    Program fees vary between $550 and $1,900, depending on the specifics of each participants application. Fellowship support ranges from $1,000 to $3,000 and may include a living stipend.

    Application materials will be available in January from the LACS office and on the LACS home page on the World Wide Web. The deadline for applications is April 19, 1996. To receive an application package, or for more information, contact LACS at:

    Latin American and Caribbean Studies, Attention: Summer Program University of Michigan 611 Tappan Street Ann Arbor, Michigan 48109-1220 E-mail: splacs@umich.edu Tel. 313.747.0844 Fax: 313.763.9154 http://www.umich.edu/~iinet/lacs/