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Funding for Undergraduate and Graduate Students

The Center for Latin American and Caribbean Studies offers funding for undergraduate and graduate students and helps students find grants, fellowships, assistantships, awards and scholarships from other sources.

Students may apply for Honors Fellowships, Summer Fellowships, Minority Student Fellowships, and Graduate Fellowships. The Center supports Ph.D. research through the Stansifer Fund, the Oppenheimer Memorial Fund ($6,000 or 2x$3,000 for student research on Latin American topics), and Tinker Field Research Grants (1995-97; 2000-03, 2007-10; 2014-2017; 2020-2022). Interested graduates may also apply to become GTAs in Spanish & Portuguese. The Center also supports undergraduate students who wish to study abroad in Latin America through the Anita Herzfeld Award.

KU strongly supports Study Abroad and intensive language opportunities for Graduates. The Chancellor has a fund of $46,000 yearly for Costa Rican fellowships and exchanges. Such opportunities are critical for developing advanced language abilities. Other financial aid may also be available through external sources.

The Center for Latin American and Caribbean Studies (CLACS) works closely with the University to provide students with the opportunity to fund their schooling through a variety of different sources. FLAS scholarships awarded through the Center provide academic year and summer tuition and living stipend, and KU's Global Scholars and University Scholars Programs provide substantial awards. 

CLACS and Study Abroad and Global Engagement partner to offer several $500 scholarships. Students must be KU degree-seeking undergraduates who have applied to an academic year, semester, or summer (minimum four weeks) program and have a minimum 3.0 GPA. The following scholarships are available:
The Anita Herzfeld Award honors Anita Herzfeld, professor emerita of Latin American and Caribbean Studies, former director of the Office of Study Abroad and beloved teacher and noted linguist, who retired in 2012 after working to expand international education for KU students during a distinguished career spanning more than fifty years. The award is for study in any Latin American country.

The Less Commonly Taught Languages Scholarships give first priority to students wishing to travel to Latin America or the Caribbean to learn a less commonly taught and/or indigenous language (e.g. Miskitu in Nicaragua, Haitian Creole, etc.). 

Please check out the University's sites for undergraduate student funding:

Global Scholars Program

University Scholars Program

Benjamin A. Gilman International Scholarship Program

FLAS funding 

The Center for Latin American and Caribbean Studies (CLACS) and The University of Kansas provide graduate M.A., M.F.A. and Ph.D. students with the opportunity to fund their schooling and research through a variety of different sources. The Stansifer Fellowship, the Oppenheimer Memorial Scholarship, and Tinker Field Research Grants are just a few of the awards offered.

The Stansifer Fellowship Fund

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. Previous Stansifer awardees are eligible to apply, but might be considered at a lower priority, at the discretion of the committee.

Tinker Field Research Grants

Since 1979, the Tinker Field Research Grant (FRG) program has provided support to graduate students in U.S. universities to conduct exploratory research in the Spanish- and Portuguese-speaking countries of Latin America. Through its funding, matched by universities, the Foundation has supported more than 9,000 individuals to conduct field research in Latin America. CLACS is fortunate to be one of 15 centers to have won the inaugural Tinker Field Research Collaborative for 2020-2025.

Funds are for pre-dissertation or master’s thesis field research in a Spanish- or Portuguese-speaking Latin American country or countries; students at the master’s or early-stage doctoral levels, or those pursuing professional degrees, are eligible. Funds are not to be used for dissertation research. (ABD students are ineligible.) The amount of the individual awards will depend on project design and budget. Funds of up to $2,500 per award (depending on budget) are to be used toward research-related travel expenses.

Robert Oppenheimer Memorial Scholarship

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.

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 research-related travel expenses, as detailed in the budget. Selection will be based on the proposal narrative, grade point average, letters of recommendation, and budget. Recipients of other awards (e.g. FLAS) are eligible.

Contact either the Center for Latin American and Caribbean Studies or the Department of History to determine which academic unit is providing the scholarship in the upcoming application cycle.

Please check out the University's sites for graduate student funding:

Graduate Student Funding
Graduate Studies Awards/Departmental Scholarships 
The Office of Student Financial Aid

FLAS funding 

Funding for Faculty

The Center for Latin American and Caribbean Studies has been funded by the U.S. Department of Education both to be a designated Title VI National Resource Center (NRC) in Latin American and Caribbean Studies and to provide Foreign Language and Area Studies (FLAS) fellowships for our students over the next four years. The funding amounts to approximately 1.7 million in the four-year cycle. Our proposed initiatives for 2018-2022 focus on the theme of Connecting Communities in KU and the heartland to Latin American and Caribbean communities and institutions, in part by leveraging our existing partnerships locally and abroad.

This funding creates some amazing opportunities for curriculum development, programming, community outreach, and language learning in the region. In particular, there are funds available for KU faculty and non-KU educators to travel abroad and/or to conduct individual or collaborative research (not conference presentation). Below are several opportunities (click on the links to access the online request forms):

  • Faculty Research International Travel Awards: To conduct research (up to $1,000). Competitive preference will be given to projects that address pressing global questions. Application: CV, 300-word narrative about research project, other funding sources for travel, and detailed budget. Revolving deadline but no later than 45 days before travel.
  • Partner Projects Faculty Travel Awards: To conduct collaborative research, exchanges, or to build new initiatives with Latin American / Caribbean partners (e.g. University of Costa Rica, Paraguay, University of Sonora) (up to $2,000). Please explain the collaborative nature of your project and submit a detailed budget. Application: CV, 300-word narrative about collaborative project, and detailed budget. Revolving deadline but no later than 45 days before travel.
  • Regional Institutions Collaboration Cluster Awards: For projects with faculty from other regional institutions including area Community Colleges or Minority Serving Institutions ($5,000 per project). Application: CV, 300-word narrative about project, and detailed budget. Deadline: Feb 15.
  • Study Abroad Partner Facilitators: If you are leading a field school or study abroad program to Latin America, there are funds to pay a “partner” co-leader who is a faculty member from an area Community College or Minority Serving Institution. We can also use funds towards your own travel expenses in order to bring down the costs for students. We can also help to “match” the KU faculty member to a faculty member from a CC / MSI. Application: Expression of Interest, CVs of involved faculty, description of Study Abroad / Field School Program, travel budget for faculty member. Revolving deadline but no later than 60 days before travel.

For further information, please email Brent Metz, CLACS Director, directly: