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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.

Heritage and Migration in North Carolina

Due: Closed; Instructions and Application

Experience and document North Carolina’s Mexican and Latin American history. This three- credit Spring 2020 course (LTAM 390 and 690) combines field research, oral history, and service learning to understand the immigration and settlement of North Carolinians with Mexican and Latin American heritage. Students will participate in the New Roots/Nuevas Raíces initiative and spend spring break completing field research and public service in a community in North Carolina. Travel expenses, including lodging, transportation, and food, are provided for students. Students are required to apply for this course.

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

Due:  February 14, 2020 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, and Center for Global Initiatives Pre-Dissertation Travel Awards. Do not apply separately. Average award: $1000-3000.

Academic Year Foreign Language and Area Studies (FLAS) Fellowship

Due: February 7, 2020 (subject to change) 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. Note new online application at:

Summer Foreign Language and Area Studies (FLAS) Fellowship

Due: February 7, 2020 (subject to change) 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. Note new online application at:

Dissertation Fellowships

Dissertation Travel Suspension as of March 2020

Due: February 5, 2021 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 for AY 2020-21. 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:

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: