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Undergraduate Funding

Due to the current circumstances related to the response to Coronavirus, the award cycle this year has been suspended until further notice.

For specific information about the ISA competitions listed below, including application forms and guidelines, please click on 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.

Halpern Award

Due: October 25, 2019 and February 7, 2020; Instructions, Application

Supports academic research or study in Argentina, Brazil, Chile, Paraguay, and/or Uruguay applicable for study abroad or for faculty supervised independent research/study. Average award $1250.

Crane Award

Due: October 25, 2019 and February 7, 2020; Instructions, Application
Supports summer travel to Latin America/Caribbean to conduct research leading to an Undergraduate Honors Thesis. Average award $1000.

Mellon Undergraduate Award

Due: February 7, 2020; Instructions,Application
Rising juniors and seniors participating in an organized study or self-designed research program may apply. Average award $1500-$3000.

Summer Foreign Language and Area Studies (FLAS) Fellowship

Due: February 7, 2020; Instructions,Application,FAQ,Language Evaluation

Full-time students (U.S. citizens or permanent residents) who are entering intermediate or above language study may apply for intensive language training. Priority: Yucatec Maya and Brazilian Portuguese. Other indigenous and creole languages of Latin America considered. The awards provide stipends of $2,500 plus a cost-of-education allowance.

Gil Award

Due: March 13, 2020 Instructions

Recognizes the Best Undergraduate Honors Thesis written on a Latin American or Caribbean topic completed during the current academic year. A faculty member must send a letter of nomination to ISA by March 13.


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Work Study/Carolina Works
Vacancies vary, but please inquire if you are eligible for work/study and/or Carolina Works are interested in being considered for positions.

The UNC resources listed below may change. Students are advised to check with the individual programs for up-to-date information.

Apples Service Learning Program:

Paid internships are available for spring semester or summer break. Students intern at a variety of nonprofit and governmental agencies, earning a stipend and three hours of academic course credit. Social Entrepreneur Fellowships are also offered for students creating sustainable community-based service projects. Visit:

Center for Global Initiatives:

This office offers a variety of opportunities for undergraduate research and internships. Visit:

C.V. Starr International Scholarships:

Provides funding to undergraduate and graduate students pursuing research or professional experience projects with an international focus. Visit: .

The Office of Distinguished Scholarships:

Serves as an information clearinghouse for prestigious scholarship opportunities, advises students on their applications and facilitates contacts with faculty mentors. Visit:

Stone Center:

The Undergraduate International Studies Fellowship supports international travel and study for students in good standing and enrolled full-time at UNC-CH. It provides travel awards to students pursuing academic research or study in an international setting. Priority is given to programs in areas of African Diaspora. Visit:

Study Abroad Awards:

The Study Abroad Office offers a number of funding opportunities including the Anthony and Hope Harrington Study Abroad Scholarship and the Bejarano-Benning Scholarship. Both of these awards are intended for students pursuing opportunities in Latin America.

Undergraduate Research Awards:

Offered bi-annually, they are designed for students pursuing honors thesis work in their senior year. Projects with an international dimension may qualify for a supplemental award from the Center for Global Initiatives (CGI). Visit:

For additional resources visit:

External Funding

Boren Awards for International Study:
Boren Scholarships provide funding for U.S. undergraduate 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. Visit the website for more details:

Fulbright U.S. Student Program:

This program is open to graduating seniors. Students may propose original research or apply for an English Teaching Assistantship to selected countries outside the US. Although the campus deadline is in September, students should start thinking about projects early! Visit the Center for Global Initiatives for details:

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