Scholarships for Latin American Studies

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Latin American Studies focuses on the history, culture, politics, art, literature and geography of Latin American countries: Argentina, Bolivia, Brazil, Chile, Colombia, Costa Rica, Cuba, the Dominican Republic, Ecuador, El Salvador, Guatemala, and Guyana. Students can specialize in a wide range of areas, from ancient civilizations to modern immigration. This interdisciplinary degree is applicable in fields such as government, business, education, art or international banking.

Financial assistance is available to individuals planning on majoring in Latin American Studies at the post-secondary level. Here are some examples of available programs:

Arizona State University, Center for Latin American StudiesLatin America studies scholarships

ASU‘s CLAS is a strong program made up of experts in several fields and countries. There are also a host of scholarships available. Here are a few:

  • Tinker Field Research Grants were established in 1979, and they provide graduate students with travel funds (international and in-country) to Latin America, Spain and Portugal and limited field research expenses for a summer of study abroad. Applicants who plan to complete an MA or PhD thesis will be given priority. You don’t have attend ASU to apply. These awards are available to recognized Centers or Institutes of Ibero-American or Latin American Studies with graduate doctoral programs at accredited United States universities.
  • Edward J. Williams Research Scholarship, $200 to $500, provides annual summer research scholarships to undergraduate or graduate students conducting research in Mexican border issues and politics, public policy, contemporary Mexican history, and U.S.-Mexico relations.
  • Governor Raul H. Castro Scholarships are based on faculty nominations. They are awarded annually to outstanding students who can prove they are building their commitment to Latin American studies through extraordinary service learning.

University of Texas at Austin, Teresa Lozano Long Institute of Latin American Studies

The institute at UT Austin offers different scholarships, including:

  • Joe R. and Teresa Lozano Long Travel Scholarships, $2,500 or $5,000, areawarded to undergraduates students for study abroad during the fall, spring or summer semesters.
  • Joe R. and Teresa Lozano Long Undergraduate Academic Scholarships, $4,500, go to an LAS major with a 3.0 or higher GPA.
  • The Mellon Fellowship in Latin American Sociology is administered through the sociology departments at three U.S. universities: the University of Texas at Austin, the University of California, Berkeley, and the University of California, Los Angeles. This program provides fellowships to Ph.D. students in Sociology specializing in Latin America.
  • LLILAS Graduate Fellowships are open to graduate LAS students.

University of Louisville, Latin American and Latino Studies Program

Full-time UofL students wishing to study abroad will be interested in applying for one of several Richard and Constance Lewis Scholarships in Latin American and Iberian Studies offered each year. Students who have received assistance under this program have been able to study in Cuba, Argentina, Brazil, Costa Rica, México, Ecuador, Panamá, Spain, and Portugal. The financial assistance can be applied to educational expenses, including tuition, books, and study abroad.

The new David Hershberg Scholarship provides $1,500 for international study in the summer to help defray the costs of international travel and lodging for a period of at least 21 days.

University of Wisconsin-Eau Claire

Students at UW-Eau Claire in the Latin American Studies program can apply for:

  • The Hilda Belle Oxby Scholarship provides up to $750 in funding to one or more seniors majoring in Spanish or Latin American Studies. To be considered, applicants must have a minimum GPA of 3.0 (3.5 in Spanish classes).
  • Blugold Commitment Study Abroad Grants are given to about 70 undergraduate students each year. The awards grant up to $2,000 for a semester or academic year; up to $1,000 for summer.
  • A Latin American Studies Scholarship  goes to a junior or senior in the department.

University of Florida, Center for Latin American Studies

UF’s CLAS offers a variety of scholarships for Latin American Studies students, including:

  • Foreign Language and Area Studies (FLAS) Academic Year Fellowships to support training in Brazilian Portuguese and Haitian Creole. For graduate students, the fellowship covers tuition and fees for 12 graduate credit hours per semester, and a stipend of $17,000 total for the fall and spring semesters. For undergraduate students, the fellowship covers tuition and fees not already covered by other financial aid or scholarships and provides a scholarship of $5,000 total for the fall and spring semesters. (Another FLAS award supports a summer term of study.)
  • The Tropical Conservation and Development Program in UF’s CLAS offers graduate fellowships and assistantships to support master’s and doctoral level study in various disciplines. Awards cover tuition and provide a $16,000 stipend for one academic year, usually matched by a second year of support from the student’s department.


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