2019 Barrett Prize

The Miami Institute for Advanced Study of the Americas (UMIA) is pleased to offer the Barrett Prize, which is awarded to the doctoral student who has produced the best dissertation at the University of Miami in the past year on a topic related to any aspect of Latin America and the Caribbean.  The Barrett Prize carries an award amount of $1,500. The deadline for submissions is Wednesday, May 15, 2019.


  • The dissertation must have been defended by present or former UM PhD student.
  • The dissertation must demonstrate substantial and innovative research on Latin America and the Caribbean in any field or discipline across the university.
  • The dissertation should have been successfully completed between May 10, 2018 and May 9, 2019. 
  • The selection committee reserves the right not to award a prize in a given year.

Applications should include:

  • A nominating letter from the student's dissertation advisor
  • A one-page summary of the dissertation
  • A complete doctoral dissertation

Please send your full electronic application package in one single .pdf file to mia@miami.edu with the following reference line “Barrett Prize Application.” Please have your advisor separately submit a letter to mia@miami.edu with the reference line “Barrett Prize Recommendation.”

If you have any questions about this program, please do not hesitate to contact Dr. Sallie Hughes (shughes@miami.edu).