Brazilian Programs

Fellowships and Grants

The KU Latin American & Caribbean Studies program promotes study in Latin America as well as study of the region through strong institutional connections, including faculty and student exchanges, as well as collaborative research projects, with universities in Mexico, Nicaragua, Guatemala, Costa Rica, Peru, Paraguay and Brazil. Every year the Center helps encourage graduate field research through a variety of grants and fellowships.

FLAS Fellowship

The KU Center for Latin American and Caribbean Studies (CLACS), a designated 2018-2022 Comprehensive National Resource Center by the U.S. Department of Education, supports undergraduate and graduate students through full academic year and summer Foreign Language and Area Studies (FLAS) fellowships. Undergraduate Academic Year FLAS Fellowships provide up to $10,000 for tuition and a $5,000 stipend. Graduate Academic Year FLAS Fellowships provide up to $18,000 for tuition and a $15,000 stipend. Summer FLAS Fellowships (both undergraduate and graduate) provide up to $5,000 for summer tuition and a stipend of $2,500. Modest travel funds may be available for summer fellowships. Learn more at

Competitive priority and preference is given to (listed in order) 1) KU students qualified to enroll in a Latin American or Caribbean LCTL or indigenous language program offered at KU; 2) KU students qualified to enroll in a Latin American or Caribbean LCTL or indigenous languages offered at another U.S. institution or in an approved foreign language program; 3) non-KU students qualified to enroll in a less-commonly-taught language program currently offered at KU; 4) KU graduate students qualified to enroll in advanced Spanish (offered at KU). In addition to the language priorities identified above, all meritorious applications from students with financial need as indicated by filed FAFSAs are given first priority.

Please note, the application portal will become available on November 20, 2019.

Student Application Deadline: Friday, December 13, 2019.

Letter of Recommendation Deadline: Sunday, January 26, 2020.

Brazilian Minor Award

The Department of Spanish & Portuguese faculty select an undergraduate student studying Portuguese for this award. Award recipient is notified via email and is presented with the award at the Spring graduation ceremony.

Tinker Field Grants

During the Fall 2015 and Spring 2016 semesters, the KU Center for Latin American & Caribbean Studies and the Tinker Foundation will sponsor a competition for field research awards open to KU graduate students regardless of discipline. The Tinker Foundation promotes the development of an equitable, sustainable and productive society in Latin America and seeks to enhance understanding of the region in the U.S.A.

The Tinker grant, together with KU matching funds, provides $30,000 per year through 2016 for fund short-term field research by KU graduate students from a variety of disciplines. Recipients can use the awards for airfare, in-country transportation expenses, and a limited amount of subsistence expenses. Research periods typically range from eight to twelve weeks. Recent Tinker recipients are listed here.  Application directions detail the application process and requirements. Applications for Winter 2015-2016 are due October 5, 2015.  Please submit the completed application to the Center via email long with all requested materials.