Contributing to CLAS

Since its founding in 1964, the Center for Latin American Studies (CLAS) has become one of the premier area studies programs in the United States. The growth and success of CLAS have been made possible, in part, by generous support from private foundations, government resources, corporations, and individuals. CLAS will continue to support students and faculty in their voyages of research and discovery and to share its resources, knowledge, and expertise with the world community. To do so, we will continue to rely on the assistance, expertise, and generosity of students, faculty, alumni, and friends. Please consider how you can make a gift to assist us. Gifts of any amount may be designated for a specific program or category or leftunrestricted to be used where the need is greatest.

  • Specific Program/Category Options for Donations
  • Research and Teaching Fund supports faculty and student research, faculty and student travel to professional meetings, conferences/symposium/workshops, courses, curriculum development, lectures, and performances.
  • Social and Public Policy Program Fund provides graduate fellowships for the study of social and public policy in Latin America and an annual student conference on the topic.
  • Student Scholarship Fund primarily supports awards to undergraduate students and the operation of the Undergraduate Seminar/Field Trip.
  • Latin American Archaeology Program Fund provides fellowships (primarily for students from Latin America) to pursue PhD studies in archaeology and publishes a series of bilingual volumes on archaeological research in Latin America.
  • Edward J. and Jacqueline M. Musante Award Fund provides financial support for travel and other educational expenses to undergraduate students who are conducting research in Latin America. 
  • David B. Houston Human Rights and Social Justice in Latin America Scholarship Award Fund provides a cash award to students who demonstrate a clear professional commitment to social issues in Latin America
  • Fabiola Aguirre Scholarship Fund supports full or partial scholarships for female students (preferably from Latin America) studying environmental science.
  • The Shirley Kregar Scholarship Fund supports study and research by undergraduate students in Latin America.
  • Eduardo Lozano Memorial Dissertation Award Fund provides a cash award for the best doctoral dissertation at the University of Pittsburgh on a topic related to Latin America, the Caribbean, or Latin American communities in other countries.
  • Brazilian Studies Program Fund supports Visiting Brazilian Scholars and events/activities that focus on Brazil (including conferences/symposium/workshops, courses, curriculum development, lectures, and performances).
  • To make a donation via the Internet with a credit card:

    1. Click here (Give to Pitt website) and fill out the first page of the form.
    2. Continue to the second page and check the box or write in for "Center for Latin American Studies"
    3. In the box under the sentence "Please specify below if this gift is being made as a memorial or in honor of an individual or for any other special instructions", type the name of the fund to which you would like your donation applied.
    4. Thereafter, simply follow the instructions provided to complete the donation by credit card.

  • To make a donation by check, please print the CLAS Gift Form, fill it in, make your check payable to University of Pittsburgh, and send the check and form to:

    Angelina Cotler
    Associate Director
    Center for Latin American Studies
    4206 W.W. Posvar Hall
    University of Pittsburgh
    Pittsburgh, PA 15260

  • Endowments

    With a minimum commitment of $10,000, an endowed fund may be established and named in honor or memory of the donor, a designated person, or an entity. Please contact Angelina Cotler (; 412 648-7395 ) for further information regarding this donation option.