The Center for Latin American Studies offers scholarships, assistantships, and fellowships for students studying at the University of Florida. A field research grant competition, summer foreign language fellowships, and internship opportunities are also supported.

We encourage you to look through the various financial opportunities offered below and submit your application.

Graduate Assistants are required to submit their hours on a bi-weekly schedule. You will receive an automated email reminder at the end of each pay period. Please submit no later than 4 days after the pay period has ended.
If you have any questions, please contact Po Echeguren at secheguren@latam.ufl.edu


The Center for Latin American Studies at the University of Florida is offering library access grants for Spring 2023 for scholars from qualified U.S. colleges and universities to use the extensive resources of the Latin American and Caribbean Collection. The grants are funded by a Title VI National Resource Center grant from the U.S. Department of Education.


Recipients are awarded an average of $1,000 to support travel expenses such as airfare, ground transportation, lodging, and meals.


The UF Libraries’ Latin American and Caribbean Collection (LACC) is one of the leading research collections of its kind. It consists of over ‌500,000 volumes, and includes all disciplines, although literature, the humanities, and the social sciences are best represented.  A sampling of the primary sources available in Special Collections can be found listed here.


Eligibility

  • US citizen / Permanent Resident
  • Current scholars at a U.S. college or university (priority will be given to Minority Serving Institutions (MSIs) and community colleges)
  • Research and teaching interest in Latin America (not including Puerto Rico nor Latinx if focus is on US history)



For more information, please visit: http://www.latam.ufl.edu/outreach/library-travel-grants/
Alicia Reynolds | Outreach Coordinator | reynolds.alicia@latam.ufl.edu |  (352) 273-4046


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Through support from the U.S. Department of Education, the Center for Latin American Studies offers Foreign Language and Area Studies (FLAS) Academic Year Fellowships to support training in Brazilian Portuguese and Haitian Creole (other less commonly-taught languages can be approved if offered during the AY at UF, please send your inquiries to the FLAS coordinator).

Applicants must meet all of the following eligibility requirements:
 

  • U.S. citizens or permanent residents currently enrolled (or applying to become) full-time at UF as undergraduate or graduate students. 
  • Undergraduate applicants must have at least intermediate proficiency in the language they apply for.
  • No proficiency is required for graduate applicants.
  • Graduate students proposing to study a language at the beginning level must demonstrate that they already possess advanced proficiency in at least one other Latin American language. 
  • Priority will be given to applicants pursuing a master’s degree, graduate certificate, or undergraduate minor/certificate in Latin American Studies. 

 

For additional information please visit the following websites: FLAS Academic Year Fellowship


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Through support from the U.S. Department of Education, the Center for Latin American Studies offers summer Foreign Language and Area Studies (FLAS) fellowships. FLAS summer fellowships support participation in an intensive study program of a less-commonly-taught Latin American language (i.e., Brazilian Portuguese, Haitian Creole, Maya, Quechua, etc.). The fellowship covers up to $5000 of program-related fees and offers a $2,500 stipend. When possible, the award may include a travel stipend.

Priority will be given to students pursuing a Master’s degree, graduate certificate, or undergraduate minor/certificate in Latin American Studies at UF. UF professional school students are also encouraged to apply.  


Applicants must meet all of the following eligibility requirements: 

  • U.S. citizens or permanent residents currently enrolled full-time at UF as undergraduate or graduate students. 
  • Applications will also be accepted from non-UF students with citizenship or permanent residency who are planning to attend the UF Language and Culture Program in Rio de Janeiro or any other eligible UF-sponsored language program.
  • Undergraduate applicants must have at least intermediate proficiency in their selected language of study. 
  • There is no proficiency requirement for graduate students. 
  • However, graduate students proposing to study a language at the beginning level in a FLAS-eligible program must demonstrate that they already possess advanced proficiency in at least one other Latin American language. 
  • Graduate students with approval to pursue language study at the beginning level must select a program in the US, unless there is no domestic program offered in the target language. 
  • Applicants with intermediate or advanced proficiency can select programs in the U.S. or abroad.
  • Selected language programs must provide a minimum of 140 contact hours of instruction at the beginning and intermediate levels or 120 contact hours at the advanced level.  
  • Programs must be at least six weeks in length.
  • Applicants who would like to attend the UF Language and Culture Program in Rio de Janeiro with a FLAS summer fellowship must have completed two semesters of introductory Portuguese or one semester of accelerated Portuguese.

 
For additional information please visit the following websites: FLAS Summer Fellowships
Po Echeguren | Academic Assistant III | secheguren@latam.ufl.edu |  (352) 273-4709


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The Center for Latin American Studies (LAS) sponsors a Field Research Grant Competition to support graduate student research in Latin America and the Caribbean. Research in the United States on a Latinx Studies topic and research in Spain or Portugal on some aspect of Latin America are also supported.  

Please keep in mind the following requirements:

  • The competition is open to graduate students from across the University of Florida campus. Priority will be given to applicants pursuing a Graduate Certificate or an M.A. in Latin American Studies.


  • Due to the number of applications, only one grant can be awarded per student per degree.


  • Support is available for Master's thesis research and preliminary doctoral dissertation field visits (Ph.D. students who have advanced to candidacy are NOT eligible).


  • Recipients must spend at least two weeks in the field. In most cases, recipients spend between 4 to 6 weeks in the field.


  • If the recipient’s research involves human or animal subjects, IRB approval is required before traveling to the research site. Students should plan to complete their field work by August 20. Extensions may be granted but require prior approval.


  • If your project requires IRB approval, start the IRB application process as soon as you know the purpose and design of your project. Currently, obtaining international IRB approvals can require 3 months or more. Once you have IRB approval, you can modify research protocols (e.g., interview questions, surveys and such) through a simple updating process without starting the submission over again.


For additional information please visit the following websites: FLAS Academic Year Fellowship

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Are you interested in applying for a graduate certificate in Latin American Studies? We encourage interested students to reach out to our MALAS Advisor, Clate Korsant, at ckorsant@latam.ufl.edu, or the Center Director, Carlos de la Torre, at delatorre.carlos@latam.ufl.edu. Please reach out so we can get to know your academic goals and interests! If you have already contacted us please follow the steps below:

Step 1: Apply for the Certificate here: https://my.admissions.ufl.edu/register/CertCEApp

Step 2: Fill out this advising form

Step 3: Meet with Clate Korsant to discuss plans for earning the certificate 

Please contact Po Echeguren at secheguren@latam.ufl.edu, if you have questions about your certificate application, and on your final semester so that she can verify that you have completed the certificate requirements and make sure you are on the degree list.

For more information about the requirements, please visit http://www.latam.ufl.edu/academics/graduate-programs/las-graduate-certificate/

Thank  you for your interest in becoming an affiliate with the Center. Typically affiliates devote at least 25% of their professional activity (teaching, research, service, or outreach) to Latin America, the Caribbean, or Latin@s in the United States.

In addition to your CV, we would need a brief paragraph on your research and/or teaching related to the Latin American/Caribbean/Latin@ Studies. Once you complete this form and upload your CV, your materials will be presented at one of our monthly Faculty Advisory Council (FAC) meetings for approval.  

Benefits of LAS Affiliate Faculty Status

  • Eligible to apply for Center funding (course development, professional development travel)
  •  Invited to major Center events 
  • Useful for CV and P&T
  • Eligible to run for positions on the Faculty Advisory Council (FAC)
  •  Latin American-related courses can be cross-listed with the Center and promoted through our website

Responsibilities/Expectations of Affiliate Faculty

  • Assist the Center in promoting Latin American Studies (LAS) programs and courses across campus
  • Collaborate with Core and other Affiliate Faculty working in LAS
  • Serve occasionally on ad hoc LAS committees
  • Provide input on innovative ideas for new LAS academic initiatives and programs
  •  Serve as advisors/mentors for LAS graduate students when appropriate 

The Center for Latin American Studies considers proposals to organize or co-sponsor faculty- and student-led initiatives from the University of Florida, as well as from other academic and cultural institutions. These initiatives include but are not limited to, conferences, lectures, invited speakers, community engagement, arts initiatives, and other events both on- and off-campus. If you wish to propose a speaker for one of the Center’s lecture series, you’re welcome to do so. We also accept proposals for a Spanish-speaking audience. 

Please check the LAS Event Calendar before submitting a request. Multiple events on the same day will not be considered for funding. All funding requests will have a response within 15 working days. 

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Please provide information about the first stretch of your progress through the MALAS program. If you cannot fill in some details, provide tentative ideas or write PENDING and submit the form with all information that you do have. 


TO DO in this term: 

  • Identify a professor to serve as your thesis, capstone or intern advisor. 
  • In conjunction with Methods Course, develop detailed proposal for your Master’s project.


If you have any additional questions, please contact Po Echeguren (secheguren@latam.ufl.edu).

Please provide information about the first stretch of your progress through the MALAS program. If you cannot fill in some details, provide tentative ideas or write PENDING and submit the form with all information that you do have. 


NOTE key milestones this term:

  • Complete your committee membership, submit signed form to Dr. Suárez. 
  • Gain advisor’s written approval on thesis research proposal or capstone/internship proposal. 
  • If Fall: In conjunction with Methods course, develop initial draft of thesis research proposal or internship or capstone plan.
  • If Spring: In conjunction with Issues and Perspectives, identify topic of interests, explore approaches, and build an annotated bibliography.


If you have any additional questions, please contact Po Echeguren (secheguren@latam.ufl.edu).

Please provide information about the first stretch of your progress through the MALAS program. If you cannot fill in some details, provide tentative ideas or write PENDING and submit the form with all information that you do have. 


NOTE key milestones this term: 

  • Submit Thesis Plan, Internship Paper Plan, or Capstone Plan to all committee members.
  • Committee meeting to discuss the plan, establish consensus on strategies for culminating project, sign approval form. 
  • Submit to Dr. Carlos A. Suárez approved plan signed by committee members.

 
If you have any additional questions, please contact Po Echeguren (secheguren@latam.ufl.edu).

Please provide information about the first stretch of your progress through the MALAS program. If you cannot fill in some details, provide tentative ideas or write PENDING and submit the form with all information that you do have.

NOTE key milestones this term: 

  • Defend MA project, file with Dr. Carlos A. Suárez, file thesis with University. 
  • Apply to graduate. 
  • Complete all the curriculum requirements for MALAS degree and any certificates chosen.

  
If you have any additional questions, please contact Po Echeguren (secheguren@latam.ufl.edu).

The Center for Latin American Studies is pleased to announce it has resources available for affiliate faculty to attend workshops, meetings, conferences, or for the development of international linkages on Latin American topics. Travel must take place between January 1, 2023 - August 1, 2023. If you are applying for two separate events, please submit an application for each one.

Funds may be used for travel expenses such as lodging, transportation, meals, or conference registration fees. All interested faculty must complete the online application by Friday, March 31, 2023.

Andrea Dahdah Palencia | Conference Event Coordinator | andrea.dahdah@latam.ufl.edu |  (352) 273-4715


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The Center for Latin American Studies has resources available for graduate students to present at an academic or professional conference on Latin American topics during Spring 2023 and Summer 2023 terms. Students enrolled in the MA program in Latin American Studies or the LAS graduate certificate program will receive priority for funding. If you are applying for two separate events, please submit an application for each one. Travel must take place between January 1, 2023 - August 1, 2023.

If you are graduating this semester, you may apply for funding even if the conference date is after your official date of graduation. For example, if you are traveling to Guadalajara, Mexico, because your presentation has been accepted at LASA, you must submit your receipts immediately after your return.
Funds may be used for travel expenses such as lodging, transportation, meals, or conference registration fees. All interested students must complete the online application by Friday March 31, 2023.

Andrea Dahdah | Conference Event Coordinator | andrea.dahdah@latam.ufl.edu |  (352) 273-4715


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