Latin American, Caribbean and Iberian Studies Program




Fellowship applicants must submit all application materials by December 1; earlier submission of materials is extremely helpful to our staff. Transcripts, GRE scores and letters of recommendation submitted for the admission application will be used for the fellowship competitions as well. There are no fellowship funds available for spring semester applicants. Unless otherwise stated, foreign students are eligible for these awards if their undergraduate institution's language of instruction was English, or if they have completed at least two semesters at an institution in the U.S. Full-time registration (9-12 graduate credits) is required for all of these awards.


The following fellowships require that you be nominated by the LACIS Admissions and Fellowships Committee. Students will be considered for all awards for which they are eligible if they check the "Fellowships" box on the Graduate School application form.


Advanced Opportunity Fellowship


Financially needy members of the following groups are eligible for this award: Black (African) American; American Indian, Aleut or Eskimo; Hispanic/Latino; Cambodian, Vietnamese, Laotian, or Hmong; educationally disadvantaged nonminority persons; or McNair scholars. Applicants must be U.S. citizens or U.S. permanent residents. Both incoming and continuing students are eligible for this award. New applicants check the "Fellowships" box and complete the race information on the Graduate School application form. Continuing students should request the Application for Financial Aid for Currently Enrolled Students from the Program Assistant. Students nominated by the LACIS will be required to submit a financial information form to the Graduate School. The award covers out-of-state tuition and includes an additional stipend (up to $19,710 in 2015-16) for incoming fellows.

Additional Awards


LACIS endowments provide support for a modest number of supplemental awards. LACIS will consider eligible students for these awards if they check the "Fellowships Box." The student must initiate an application for the following award:


Foreign Language and Area Studies Graduate Fellowships (HEA Title VI)


This competition is funded by the U.S. Department of Education to encourage training in language and area studies. The LACIS Fellowships Committee follows the U.S.D.E. priorities for languages and disciplines in making these awards. For the Latin American area, priority is given to applicants in Brazilian Portuguese and Quechua; awards are not made to study Spanish. These awards cover tuition and fees plus a stipend ($15,000 in 2015-16) for Graduate students, and up to $10,000 towards tuition (and a $5,000 stipend) for Undergraduates. Fellows must register full-time, taking at least one language course and one related area studies course each semester. Foreign students are not eligible. Applications are available online at in early December, and are due in early-February. Please note: to use summer FLAS fellowships abroad, students must be eligible for advanced language training.