Stansifer Fellowship

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 Mesoamerican 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 $6,000 per year. Previous Stansifer awardees are eligible to apply, but might be considered at a lower priority, at the discretion of the committee. 

Applications for The Stansifer Fellowship Fund should include:  

  • Application Cover Page 

  • Proposal, not to exceed 4 double-spaced pages, describing planned research project and travel, approximate dates, significance of research, and relevance to career objectives 

  • Estimated, detailed budgets 

  • Unofficial transcripts from graduate work (KU Advising Report or DPR).  

  • Applications should also include two letters of recommendation, email directly to emailed to Assistant Director Mary Raple by the recommender. 

Applications for the Stansifer Fellowship Fund are due Monday February 12  

Please mail your applications to or 

If you have questions, please contact Brent Metz at