Student Summer Awards

CLAS Student Summer Awards

CLAS administers summer awards available to both graduate and undergraduate students pursuing research projects in Latin America.  The call for applications is posted on the CLAS website each December and applications are in early February.

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 (up to $5,000) and a stipend of $2,500. Any graduate or undergraduate student with Luso-Brazilian or indigenous language-related interests and who is a U.S. citizen or permanent U.S. resident is eligible to apply.

2015 FLAS Summer Award Application (WORD)

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.

2015 Simon Collier Travel Award Application

Tinker Field Research Travel Award

The Tinker Foundation was created in 1959 by Dr. Edward Larocque Tinker. Its mission is to promote the development of an equitable, sustainable and productive society in Latin America and to enhance understanding in the U.S. of Latin America and how U.S. policies may impact the region. Awards are for approximately $2000 each and are intended primarily to support travel expenses related to field research in Latin America for graduate students at the master’s or doctoral level. The Tinker Foundation defines Latin America as the Spanish and Portuguese-speaking countries of the Western Hemisphere; it does not include Puerto Rico. Any graduate student with Latin American-related interests is eligible to apply. The award is not intended for advanced dissertation research. Citizens of Latin American countries enrolled at Vanderbilt may receive awards to conduct research in their home countries provided that they have no previous field research experience related to the proposed project in that country.

2015 Tinker Field Research Application (Word)

All applications are due February 9, 2015 and will be announced in March. Applications must be submitted electronically to CLAS Associate Director, Helena Simonett, at For further information regarding FLAS eligible summer programs, please contact CLAS Executive Director, Avery Dickins de Giron, at


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