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Undergraduate Funding

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.

LTAM Major COVID19 Book Fund

Due: Applications will be considered on a rolling basis.Instructions, Application

The Latin American Studies (LTAM) major COVID19 Book Fund is available to provide a source of funding for LTAM majors to advance their studies.

Halpern Award

Due: October 25th, 2021 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, 2021 and February 4, 2022; Instructions, Application

Supports research on Latin America/Caribbean leading to an Undergraduate Honors Thesis. Average award $1000.

Mellon Undergraduate Award

Due: February 4, 2022; Instructions, Application

In AY 2021-22, this competition will only consider students applying to participate in the Yucatec Maya Summer Institute to be offered during Summer 2022. If travel restrictions are lifted the program will be offered in Mexico. Otherwise, the program will be offered as a remote learning course.
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 5, 2021; 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 11, 2022; 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 posted deadline.


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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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