Robert Oppenheimer Memorial Scholarship

CLACS only has funds to award the Oppenheimer Scholarship in odd years, i.e., 2023, 2025, 2027, etc.

This award was established for graduate students in History and Latin American & Caribbean Studies in memory of Dr. Robert Oppenheimer, former KU professor of Latin American history. CLACS and the Department of History take turns selecting the awardee(s) in alternate years. In odd years, CLACS awards one or more research travel grants to KU graduate students in the humanities or social sciences who wish to perform research in Latin America or the Caribbean (lower priority will be given to students in History).

The amount of the individual awards will depend on project design and budget. Funds of up to $3,000 per award are to be used toward expenses for lodging, food and/or travel. 

Selection will be based on a statement of academic plans, overall academic and career goals, grade point average, and letters of recommendation. Recipients of other awards (such as Tinker Field Research grants, FLAS, etc.) are eligible. A complete application should include:

•  Application Cover Page

•  Letter of proposal describing planned research project, relevance to career objectives

•  Estimated budget

•  Two letters of recommendation

•  One official set of transcripts (KU Advising Report)

Please send your applications to Brent Metz and write to him if you have questions, Brent Metz at