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Undergraduate Opportunities

CLACS Undergraduate Research Awards

The Center for Latin American and Caribbean Studies is pleased to release our application for CLACS Undergraduate Research Awards! The purpose of this program is to provide financial support—with grants up to $500— for undergraduate research on Latin America and the Caribbean. 

You can view the application here for details.

Applications are accepted on a rolling basis.

We are pleased to announce that we have awarded research grants to Jazmín I. Piche, Nicole Comella and Jackson Sales! For more information check out our announcement. 

Undergraduate Essay Prize in Latin American Studies

The Center for Latin American and Caribbean Studies (CLACS) accepts submissions for the Undergraduate Essay Prize in Latin American Studies. The $500 award will go to the best academic essay written by a current Brown University undergraduate from any concentration on a topic related to Latin America, the Caribbean, and/or Latinx communities. Please send your submission to clacs@brown.edu by 5 p.m. on May 1, 2019. 

See our announcement for more information!

CLACS Undergraduate Fellows Program

The Center for Latin American and Caribbean Studies (CLACS) Undergraduate Fellows Program allows Brown undergraduate students with an interest in Latin America and the Caribbean to explore in-depth opportunities to work in/on the region. Becoming a CLACS fellow is a great way to engage with other students interested in the region, collectively explore pressing issues facing the region, and receive access to CLACS funding opportunities and mentorship. 

Sarmiento Research Award for Latin American Studies

The Center for Latin American and Caribbean Studies (CLACS) is accepting applications from Brown University undergraduate students, graduate students, postdoctoral fellows, and faculty for Sarmiento Research Awards. Successful applicants receive up to $5,000 to support humanities and social science research in and on Spanish-speaking South America.

The funds may be used between July 2019-June 2020 to cover travel and research expenses. The program is funded by the Sarmiento Flexible Fund for Latin American Studies, which was established through the generous support of Alfredo C. Cassiet, M.D. and Maria-Elena Cassiet, and can only accept candidates who are “natives or residents of Spanish-speaking countries south of Panama, not including the Caribbean.”

DEADLINE: February 10, 2019 at 5 p.m.

Application and Eligibility Requirements

There are many other opportunities at Brown for undergraduate support - here are a few

Swearer Center Fellowships

The Swearer Center for Public Service offers a variety of fellowships to students with diverse interests. They focus on sponsoring student-developed service projects.

Watson Institute Fellowships

The Watson Institute for International Studies offers a range of opportunities for undergraduates to do funded research abroad during the summer or winter. These include fellowships for research connected to a senior thesis, the Brown Journal of World Affairs, media projects and public service. Look for the following opportunities at the link provided.

Brown University CareerLAB

The CareerLAB is a great resource for students searching for internships, building a resume, in need of career guidance, and looking for funding. Their site features sources of funding provided by Brown as well as external sources available to undergraduates.

Other Fellowships, Scholarships, Internships, and Research Awards of Interest

Rowe Fund Supplementary Financial Aid - Organization of American States

The Rowe Fund provides financial aid in the form of interest-free loans to international students from Latin American and Caribbean countries enrolled in universities in the United States.

Applications are accepted and reviewed year-round. The loans are also available for university faculty and professionals with the support of the local university in the member state for continuing education or professional development courses in the United States.

The studies or research must last for one academic semester and all studies and research, for which the loan is granted, need to be completed within a two year period. These loans are made on the understanding that when the recipients have completed their studies, they are to return to their respective home countries to assist in their countries’ economic development and social integration.

For more information, review the loan application forms or email rowefund@oas.org.

Further materials on the Rowe Fund are attached at the bottom of the page.

Still searching? Visit the Fellowships@Brown Find a Fellowship page to browse all the fellowships available!