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 due 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, Quechua, 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.

2014 FLAS Summer Application

Latin American Studies Field Research Grants
Awards are for approximately $2000 each and are intended primarily to support travel expenses related to field research for individuals conducting pre-dissertation research in Latin America during the summer of 2014. Any Vanderbilt graduate student in A&S with Latin American-related interests is eligible to apply, although preference will be given to doctoral students. 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.

Simon Collier Travel Award
A historian of Chile with an expertise in Argentine tango, Simon Collier served as a former director of Vanderbilt CLAS and was Chair of the Department of History. Simon Collier Travel Awards preferentially fund student research in Chile and Argentina; awards may also be given for projects on cultural arts and research elsewhere in Latin America. Ranging from $500 to $2000, these awards are available to both undergraduate and graduate students enrolled at Vanderbilt University.

2014 Application for LAS Field Research Grants and Simon Collier Award

Applications are due February 5, 2014 and will be announced in late February. 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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