For specific information about the ISA competitions listed below, including application forms and guidelines, please view the appropriate links. Unless otherwise indicated, only UNC-CH students are eligible to apply.

Mellon Conference Travel Awards

Due: Only accepting funding requests for Fall 2019.         Instructions, Application

Latin Americanist graduate students from any department or school at UNC-CH presenting papers at conferences or professional meetings in the United States or abroad may apply for awards averaging $300-700 each.

Pre-dissertation Summer Field Research Travel Grants (Tinker Field Research)

Due: February 15, 2019      Instructions, Application

Pre-doctoral graduate and professional school students eligible. Students working toward a Master’s degree or doctoral students who –at the time of award- are due to complete their comps and PhD proposal (as applicable). Students who have received pre-dissertation funds last year but who are meet the above requirements may re-apply. Grants cover travel costs (international or in-country) for brief periods of field research in Latin America and partial per diem. Please note: students will be automatically considered for the Varela Travel Fund, Brown Fellowship, Center for Global Initiatives Pre-Dissertation Travel Awards, and Tinker Field Research Grants. Do not apply separately. Average award: $1000-3000.

Academic Year Foreign Language and Area Studies (FLAS) Fellowship

Due: February 8, 2019      FLAS Homepage, Application Process, FAQLanguage Evaluation

Full-time graduate and professional school students who are U.S. citizens or permanent residents may apply to conduct language and area studies training. Priority is given to Brazilian Portuguese, Yucatec Maya, and Haitian Creole. Average award: Tuition + Stipend. Note new online application at:

Summer Foreign Language and Area Studies (FLAS) Fellowship

Due: February 8, 2019       FLAS HomepageApplication Process, FAQLanguage Evaluation

Full-time graduate and professional students who are U.S. citizens or permanent residents may apply for non-service graduate fellowships to conduct intensive language training. Priority will be given to Yucatec Maya, Brazilian Portuguese and other less-commonly taught languages of Latin America. Average award: $4000-7500. Note new online application at:

Dissertation Fellowships

Due: February 8, 2019          Instructions, Application

PhD. candidates conducting dissertation research or at the write-up stage whose work is directly related to Latin America, Caribbean, or Latino Studies may apply. Average award: $2000-4000. writing directly related to Latin America, Caribbean or Latino Studies may apply.

Information about other Graduate Awards is available at:

Graduate Assistantships:

ISA Assistantships

ISA offers several opportunities for graduate students including TA and RAships. Vacancies vary, but please send a resume if you are interested in being considered for positions in Spring 2019 or Spring 2020. Be sure to include information about previous teaching and research experience.

Languages Across the Curriculum (LAC) Teaching Assistantships

LAC is a program designed to integrate the study and use of languages into the mainstream curriculum for students. It is coordinated by the Center for European Studies in cooperation with several UNC Areas Studies programs. LAC regularly seeks experienced bilingual (native or near-native) TAs to lead discussion sections. Advanced graduate students with interdisciplinary interests are especially encouraged to apply.  For more information contact the LAC coordinator at:

Graduate Certificate in Latin American Studies

Graduate and professional school students seeking to document their expertise in Latin America may apply for a Certificate in Latin American Studies in conjunction with an advanced degree in any UNC-CH graduate program.

External Funding

Boren Awards for International Travel:

Boren Fellowships provide funding for U.S. graduate students to study in world regions critical to U.S. interests, including Africa, Asia, Central & Eastern Europe, Eurasia, Latin America, and the Middle East. In exchange for funding, recipients commit to working in the federal government for a minimum of one year. The applications are now available. These fellowships are open to graduate students of all U.S. universities. Visit the website for more details:

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