Stansifer Fellowship

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Endowed by Professor Emeritus Charles Stansifer, this award is for the support of graduate students planning to complete a doctorate in the study of Middle America (defined as Central America, Mexico, and the Caribbean).

Priority is to be given first to students of Central America (Guatemala, Honduras, El Salvador, Belize, Nicaragua, Costa Rica, or Panama), second to Mexico, third to the Caribbean, and fourth to students of relations between the United States and any Middle American country. 

Graduate students from any department in the College of Arts and Sciences are eligible. An interdisciplinary committee from Latin American and Caribbean Studies will decide the competition. The award will not exceed $5,000 per year. A student may hold the fellowship in succeeding years, at the discretion of the committee.

Applications for the fellowship will open in Spring semester. Applications should include:

  • Proposal, not to exceed 4 double-spaced pages, which describes the student’s current research project and its significance;
  • Unofficial transcripts from graduate work (KU Advising Report);
  • Applications should also include two letters of recommendation, emailed directly to Brent Metz ( by the recommender.

If you have questions, please contact Brent Metz or stop by the Center.