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Graduate Funding

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

At this time, all university-related travel including conference travel through the Mellon Conference Travel award is suspended due to coronavirus.

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

Pre-Dissertation Travel Suspension as of March 2020 for awards made during Spring 2020

On Hold Until Further Notice
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, and Center for Global Initiatives Pre-Dissertation Travel Awards. Do not apply separately. Average award: $1000-3000.

New! Graduate Research Award

Due: September 30th, 2020 Instructions, Application
The Graduate Research Award recognizes excellence in graduate work by UNC-CH graduate students. Awards up to $2000 will support graduate research related to Latin America, Caribbean, or Latino/a Studies.

Academic Year Foreign Language and Area Studies (FLAS) Fellowship

Due: February 5, 2021 FLAS Homepage , Application Process, FAQ,Language 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. Online Application Here

Summer Foreign Language and Area Studies (FLAS) Fellowship

Due: February 5, 2021 FLAS Homepage,Application Process,FAQ , Language 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. Online application Here

Dissertation Fellowships

Dissertation Travel Suspension as of March 2020 (for awards made during Spring 2020).

Dissertation Travel Awards

On Hold Until Further Notice
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.

New! Dissertation Completion Award

Due: September 30, 2020 Instructions, Application

The Dissertation Completion Award supports up to $2000 toward the completion of the writing of a dissertation related to Latin America, Caribbean, or Latino/a Studies.

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 for AY 2021-22. 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 UNC Area Studies centers. 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: lac@unc.edu.

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. For more details visit the website here.

Information about other Graduate Awards is available at:

http://global.unc.edu
https://research.unc.edu/
http://grantsource.unc.edu
https://honorscarolina.unc.edu/ods/
http://gradschool.unc.edu