Teresa Lozano Long Institute of Latin American Studies
Teresa Lozano Long Institute of Latin American Studies

Graduate Funding Opportunities

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.

Graduate Fellowships and Scholarships

Graduate Fellowships for Incoming Students

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.

Professional Development Travel Award

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. 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 for LLILAS Conference Travel Awards (PDF, 130 KB) to Patricia Mercado by the deadlines listed below.

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.

Application Deadline:

Fall semester conferences (Oct–Dec): October 4, 2021
Spring and summer semester conferences (Feb–Aug): January 29, 2022

Teaching Assistant and Graduate Research Assistant Positions (available only to current LLILAS students)

Teaching Assistantships (TA)

The Dean of Liberal Arts provides LLILAS several Spanish language component teaching assistant positions to be divided between fall and spring semesters. The intent is to introduce the use of the Spanish language in a classroom environment other than that of a Spanish language classroom.

Appointment as a TA grants eligibility for Resident Tuition entitlement (payment of tuition at rate established for Texas residents).

  1. must have near-native Spanish language skills
  2. must be a second-year graduate student in the Institute of Latin American Studies
  3. must be proficient in English*

*In 1989, the 71st Texas Legislature passed House bill 638 requiring that all public universities provide a program or short course to ensure that courses be taught clearly in the English language. In order to comply, the Center for Teaching Effectiveness and the Texas Intensive English Program are conducting an English Certification Program for international TAs and AIs. For further information, please contact the Office of the Graduate School.

Graduate Research Assistantships (GRA)

LLILAS has several one-year Graduate Research Assistantships (GRAs) available. Generally, hiring is for positions beginning September 1. Interviews are conducted in the spring before the end of the semester.

Appointment as a GRA grants eligibility for Resident Tuition Entitlement (payment of tuition at rate established for Texas residents).

  1. graduate student in Latin American Studies
  2. strong computer skills including experience developing WWW pages, HTML, FTP, and a range of software programs
  3. working knowledge of Portuguese or Spanish

Field Research Grants

**Summer 2021 Notice**

In light of the ongoing COVID-19 pandemic, students may choose from the following Summer 2021 research options.

1. Field research
2. Remote/virtual research

Students should follow all university and IRB policies in determining the viability and appropriateness of travel and field-research, as well as in the designing and implementing any remote research activities.

Questions? Contact Patricia Mercado, LLILAS Graduate Program Coordinator, at llilas-graduate-program@utlists.utexas.edu.

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 contries 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.

Eligibility: Graduate student in any department with priority given to non-ABD doctoral students. Past recipients are not eligible to apply for a second award.

Deadline: 11:59 PM CST on March 30, 2021

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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 PM CST on March 30, 2021

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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 research project in Brazil for the summer of 2021 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 PM CST on March 30, 2021

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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 PM CST on March 30, 2021

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Additional Funding Sources

Funding Opportunities at UT
Other Resources
Fellowship Search Engines
Job Opportunities at UT
UT Travel Grants and Summer Fellowships

  • Teresa Lozano Long Institute of Latin American Studies

    University of Texas at Austin
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    2300 Red River Street D0800
    Austin, Texas 78712