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Student Summer Awards

The Center for Latin American Studies administers summer awards available to both graduate and undergraduate students pursuing research projects in Latin America.

Foreign Language and Area Studies Fellowships
The Center for Latin American Studies at Vanderbilt University receives funding from the Department of Education to support Foreign Language Area Studies (FLAS) Awards for Intensive Studies of Portuguese or indigenous Latin American languages. Fellowships provide tuition expenses for the study of Portuguese, Kˈicheˈ Mayan, or another indigenous language. Any graduate or undergraduate student with Luso-Brazilian, Haitian, or indigenous language-related interests and who is a U.S. citizen/permanent resident is eligible to apply. Undergraduate applicants must have already attained intermediate-level proficiency in the target language. Graduate students, if at the beginner level, must be advanced speakers of another Latin American language to qualify.

Download Summer FLAS Application

For a list of FLAS Eligible programs, see the Consortium for Latin American Studies Program (CLASP) page here.


Simon Collier Travel Award
The Simon Collier Travel Award in Latin American Studies provides grants for research related travel to undergraduate and graduate students studying Latin America. Competition is open to students proposing research in any Latin American country, although preference will be given to projects carried out in Argentina or Chile. Awards are intended to cover basic travel and subsistence expenses and may range from $500 to $2,000. The award honors the legacy of Professor Collier and his distinguished teaching and research career at Vanderbilt. The award is endowed through a gift from Professor Collier’s sister, Mrs. Susan Cross.

Download Simon Collier Travel Award Application


Tinker Field Research Grant
Awards are for approximately $2,000 each and are intended primarily to support travel expenses related to summer field research in Latin America  for graduate students conducting pre-thesis or pre-dissertation research. The award is NOT intended for advanced dissertation research, but rather to support initial hands-on field research and the development of independent research projects.

Download Tinker Field Research Grant Application


All applications are due January 25, 2021 and winners will be announced in March.

All questions and applications must be submitted electronically to CLAS Executive Director, Avery Dickins de Girón.