Graduate Funding Opportunities

The Center for Latin American Studies (CLAS) offers a variety of funding opportunities for Graduate Students entering or currently enrolled in one of its two Graduate Certificates.

The purpose of this program is to make it possible for CLAS graduate students to carry out short-term field research directly relevant to the Latin American/Caribbean region in order to acquire as profound and intimate a knowledge as possible of language, culture, and geography; to gather research data; and to develop contacts with scholars and institutions in the field. PLEASE NOTE: These grants are NOT to be used for dissertation research.

David Houston was an economics professor and political activist at the University of Pittsburgh for more than 40 years. To honor a teacher who directed his scholarly attention to issues of social justice throughout his career, former students and colleagues of Dr. Houston, who died in 2008, have created a fund to make awards to students whose academic interests and career plans focus on human rights and social justice, particularly in Latin America.

FLAS Fellowships are authorized under Title VI of the Higher Education Act and are administered by the United States Department of Education. The purpose of the FLAS Fellowship program is: “To assist in the development of knowledge, resources, and trained personnel for modern foreign language and area studies, to stimulate the attainment of foreign language acquisition and fluency, and to develop a pool of international experts to meet national needs.”

The Center for Latin American Studies (CLAS) announces the competition for Latin American Social and Public Policy Fellowships (LASPPFs). These fellowships are designed to assist students interested in various dimensions of social and public policy in Latin America to pursue graduate studies in a department or professional school of the University of Pittsburgh.

Latin American Archaeology Fellowships are designed to support outstanding graduate students from Latin America and North America who concentrate on Latin American archaeology in their studies at the University of Pittsburgh.

Foreign Language and Area Studies Fellowships are available to graduate students for the intensive study of Portuguese, an Amerindian language, or advanced Spanish during the summer.

The maximum amount of a CLAS Travel to Professional Meeting grant is $500. To be eligible for a grants, students must be enrolled in one of the two graduate certificates offered by the Center for Latin American Studies, and the paper being presented or the session in which the individual is participating as organizer, discussant, or moderator must deal with the Latin American/Caribbean region. Students can receive up to $500 each academic year.

CLAS has a limited amount of funds available for TRFs. TRFs pay partial or a full term's tuition only. TRFs are awarded according to the following priorities: (1) Students from Latin America sponsored by LASPAU or IIE. (2) Students presented as official candidates by universities in Latin America that have exchange agreements with CLAS. (3) Any remaining balance is awarded to students currently enrolled in CLAS.