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The Center for Latin American and Caribbean Studies (LACS) offers fellowships and grants to undergraduate and graduate students to support workshops, research and study abroad, international internships, and study of less commonly taught languages.

Deadline of application for funding:

FLAS Fellowships for Undergraduate and Graduate Students (January 15)

LACS Field Research Grants for Graduate Students (February 15)

Alfredo Gutiérrez Dissertation Award for Graduate Students (February 15)

Online application system is available in late November.

FLAS Fellowships for Undergraduate and Graduate Students

U.S. Department of Education Foreign Language and Area Studies (FLAS) Fellowship

Pending the availability of federal funding, LACS welcomes applications from U-M undergraduate and graduate students pursuing formal study of a modern language of the region, at the intermediate or advanced level, along with a program of related area or international studies.

FLAS provide tuition and a stipend to students studying designated foreign languages in combination with area studies or international aspects of professional studies. The priority is to encourage the study of less commonly taught modern languages. FLAS Fellowships are administered by the University of Michigan Area Studies Centers and are awarded competitively through annual fellowship competitions. The U.S. Department of Education (US/ED) funds these awards under the provisions of Title VI of the Higher Education Act. The amount of funding and number of awards are contingent upon annual US/ED program approval, federal regulations, as well as continued congressional funding, all of which may change from year to year.

LACS administers FLAS fellowships for area studies and study of a Latin American and Caribbean language in Portuguese, Quechua, and Nahuatl. The fellowships will mainly be awarded for second-year or higher language course.

Application Deadline: January 15, 5pm

Late applications will not be considered.

For more details, visit

LACS Field Research Grants for Graduate Students

Funding Applications due February 15

The LACS Field Research Grants are funded by the Rackham School of Graduate Studies, LACS, the LACS-Brazil Initiative, and the International Institute to support master’s, doctoral, and professional school students conducting preliminary fieldwork in Latin America. The grants provide students with the opportunity to establish professional and academic contacts, assess research sites, and refine their projects. Master’s candidates may use the funds for projects related to research or their theses. Ph.D. students may use the funds for preliminary dissertation research.

Awards, up to $2,500, are made based on the quality of the proposal and academic progress of the applicant. Funds cover international airfare, in-country transportation, and some field-related expenses.

U-M students enrolled in an M.A. degree, professional degree, and/or Ph.D. degree are eligible to apply for the grant. Priority, however, will be given to students enrolled in the LACS certificate program and those pursuing a Ph.D. degree. Master’s students are encouraged to apply. There are no nationality restrictions. The awards must be used for brief research trips, two weeks to four months in duration. Travel must take place between May and August of the award year.

LACS Research Grants are not to be used for dissertation research, but rather to provide graduate students with their initial exploratory experience in developing independent research projects and conducting field work in Latin America.  

Grant Requirements

  • All awardees will be required to register their travel with the U-M Travel Registry on Wolverine Access and purchase U-M International Travel Health Insurance for the duration of the trip.
  • Final report (3-5 pages long) must be submitted within two weeks after travel. This report should include title, research question, description of data gathered, significance of the project, and future research plans.
  • Awardees are required to participate in a workshop to share the results of their research in fall of the same  year.  
  • Any thesis and publication resulting from this research experience must include acknowledgement of funding provided by LACS and its co-sponsors.

Application Instructions

Please submit the following application materials by 11:59 p.m., February 15, via the online application.  


There is one application for all of the following awards (subject to eligibility): II Individual FellowshipsRackham International Research AwardAfrican Studies Center Funding for Research or Internship Support in AfricaArmenian Studies Program Summer Research GrantsSummer Grants for Research and Internships in Europe & EurasiaCenter for Latin American & Caribbean Studies Field Research Grants, and the II Samo Alajbegović Fellowships. Please visit the links above for more information and to verify your eligibility.

Alfredo Gutiérrez Dissertation Award for Graduate Students

Funding Applications due February 15

LACS offers one award for the Alfredo Gutiérrez Dissertation Award in Latin American and Caribbean Studies each year. The award of $16,000 goes to one Ph.D. candidate to support dissertation write-up. We particularly encourage nominations of students whose dissertation projects have interdisciplinary appeal.

The recipient of the Alfredo Gutiérrez Dissertation Grant is expected to concentrate his or her efforts during the period of the award on writing the dissertation.

Online application is available here.  



Other funding opportunities to support fellowships and grants for student research abroad, international internships, and the study of less commonly taught languages are offered by: