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This page is intended to provide an overview of funding options available to current LLILAS graduate students.

Please use this page to find information about professional development awards, competitive fellowships, scholarships, and other sources of support.

LLILAS offers a limited number of fellowships and awards for incoming graduate students. All applicants who are considered for admission will also be considered for these fellowships. No separate applications are required, unless noted.

Graduate Fellowships and Scholarships

  • 1. Professional Development Travel Awards 

    LLILAS Conference Travel Awards provide support for LLILAS graduate students to attend a major professional and/or student-organized meeting at which they present an original paper based on their research.

    Due to limited funding, priority will be given to doctoral students, who will be considered for at least one award of $1,000 maximum per academic year. Additional funding will be allocated to exceptionally well-prepared master's students.

    Students must provide proof of acceptance of their paper as well as an abstract of the paper. Limited funds are available per semester; thus, students are encouraged to submit their application via Qualtrics survey.

    Eligibility: Must be a currently enrolled LAS graduate student in good standing during the semester in which the funds are to be used. Registration for the prior spring semester will fulfill this requirement for the summer semesters unless you have graduated. Applications will be evaluated by a faculty committee and students can expect to be funded once per academic year. 

    Application Deadlines:

    • Fall semester conferences (travel September–December): Apply by 11:59 p.m. October 1
    • Spring and summer semester conferences (travel January–August): Apply by 11:59 p.m. January 31

    Students must apply by the posted deadlines. Late applications and emailed requests will not be considered.

  • 2. Foreign Language and Area Studies Fellowships (FLAS)

    The Foreign Language and Area Studies (FLAS) Fellowship is a highly competitive U.S. Department of Education grant that provides graduate and undergraduate fellowships for students to pursue intensive training in modern languages and related area or international studies. These fellowships provide tuition and a substantial stipend for living expenses.

    Note: You must be a U.S. citizen or national, or permanent resident of the United States, to apply for FLAS.

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Field Research Grants

There are a range of research grants available to LLILAS and other graduate students across the University of Texas whose research overlaps with Latin American Studies. Calls for grants will be sent via email; students are welcome to apply when these grants are open.

  • 1. Tinker Field Research Grant

    Tinker Field Research Grants are for graduate students with little or no previous field experience to enable them to conduct pre-dissertation field research in Latin America, defined by Tinker as the Spanish- and Portuguese-speaking countries of the region. Students will be able to acquire a comprehensive knowledge of language, terrain, and culture; to familiarize themselves with information sources relevant to their studies; to conduct pilot studies and preliminary investigations; and to develop contacts with scholars and institutions in their fields. 

    The Tinker Field Research Grants are not to be used for advanced dissertation research, but rather to provide graduate students with their first experience in developing an independent research project and with conducting hands-on field research in Latin America. 


    • Graduate students in any department, discipline, or professional school may apply. Only students at the master’s or early-stage doctoral levels, or those pursuing professional degrees, are eligible. ABD doctoral students are not eligible.
    • Funds are only for pre-dissertation or master’s thesis field research in a Spanish- or Portuguese-speaking Latin American country or countries, excluding Puerto Rico.
    • Applicants who have received the Tinker Field Research Grant once are eligible to apply. However, priority will be given to first-time applications. Using the application portal, indicate if you have received the Tinker Field Research Grant in the past.

    Deadline: Spring 2024, TBD

    Apply Online 

  • 2. Lozano Long Graduate Summer Field Research Grant

    Eligibility: Available to LLILAS graduate students who are conducting summer field research. Priority given to first-time MA applicants.

    Deadline: 11:59 p.m. CT on March 3

    Apply Online

  • 3. Brazil Center Field Research Grant

    Eligibility: Available to LLILAS graduate students whose field research deals with Brazil. Applicants must send a proposal of 1,000 words detailing their summer research project in Brazil and justifying how the proposed activities would advance their research project and/or prepare them for a career focused on Brazilian Studies.

    Deadline: 11:59 p.m. CT on March 3

    Apply Online

  • 4. Anna Luiza Ozorio de Almeida Field Research Grant

    A graduate summer research endowment established in memory of Anna Luiza Ozorio de Almeida, by family members and scholars whose research focuses on Brazil.

    Eligibility: Graduate students in any department whose field research deals with Brazil. Applicants should provide a brief statement of the research project they wish to carry out and should attach a short résumé/CV to the application. The application should be accompanied by one letter of recommendation. The amount for this grant is approximately $600.

    Deadline: 11:59 p.m. CT on March 3

    Apply Online

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Other Funding Sources

Additional Funding Opportunities at LLILAS

Funding Opportunities at UT

Other Resources

Fellowship Search Engines

UT Travel Grants and Summer Fellowships

Questions? Contact Clare Thoman, LLILAS Graduate Program Administrator at llilas-graduate-program@utlists.utexas.edu.