Student Funding

 

Book Scholarships for UF Students from Latin America and the Caribbean

The Center for Latin American Studies announces a competition to award two merit-based book scholarships of $500 per semester to UF students from Latin America and the Caribbean who are enrolled in the Latin American Studies Minor or Certificate Programs at the undergraduate, graduate level, or the MA program in Latin American Studies (MALAS).

The next competition will be for the Spring and Summer 2015 semesters.

Under Florida statute, section 1009.21 (10)(e), students from Latin America and the Caribbean who receive scholarships from the state or federal government qualify as Florida residents for tuition purposes. The Center's book scholarships will be funded from state and federal sources, thus making the awardees eligible for "in-state" tuition status.

The scholarships will be provided for a maximum of four semesters as long as the student maintains a 3.0 Grade Point Average (GPA) and demonstrates progress towards fulfillment of the requirements for the Latin American Studies Minor, Certificate or MA program, as certified by Dr. Richmond Brown, the Center's Associate Director for Academic Programs.

Scholarship applications will be reviewed and ranked by a committee composed of Center for Latin American Studies faculty.

Eligibility Requirements

In order to apply for a book scholarship, students must:

  • Be admitted or enrolled as a UF student in good standing
  • Be enrolled in the MALAS program or the Latin American Studies Minor or Certificate Programs for undergraduate and graduate students
  • Have a minimum 3.0 GPA
  • Be an international student from Latin America or the Caribbean with a F-1 visa

Application Deadline

December 1, 2014 for Spring 2015
May 9, 2015 for Summer and Fall 2015

Requirements

The following material must be included in all application packets:

  • A copy of the student's Plan of Study for the Latin American Studies Minor, Certificate, or MA program.
  • A one page statement of purpose summarizing the student's academic interests and career objectives.
  • One letter of recommendation from the student's adviser, accompanied by the Release Form
  • A current official UF academic transcript, or for those not yet enrolled at UF, a transcript from high school or previous college.

Submission

Wanda Carter, Academic Programs Assistant
UF Center for Latin American Studies
319 Grinter Hall
PO Box 115530
Gainesville, FL 32611

Tel: (352) 273-4709
Fax: (352) 392-7682
E-mail: wcarter@latam.ufl.edu

For questions, please contact Dr. Philip Williams, Director

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MALAS Graduate Assistantships

The Center for Latin American Studies awards a limited number of Graduate Assistantships to students in the M.A. program in Latin American Studies (MALAS). Typically, an assistantship is assigned for both Fall and Spring semesters. The assistantship provides a stipend of $15,000 total for the two semesters and covers the cost of 9 graduate credits of tuition per semester and GatorGradCare. In return, each assistant is required to work 13 hours per week for the Center for Latin American Studies.

Awards are made on an annual basis. Renewal for a second year of support is contingent upon the student’s academic performance and the supervisor’s evaluation of job performance. Renewals are also contingent upon the availability of funds. Funding decisions are made each February for the following academic year.

Eligibility Requirements

New applicants to the MALAS program, as well as students already in the MALAS program who do not receive any financial support are eligible to apply. Students in other degree programs cannot apply.

Application Deadline

February 6, 2015

Application Materials

New applicants to the MALAS program will be considered for Graduate Assistantship. (Consult the Center’s Admission Information page for details on MALAS’ admission materials)

Applicants already in the MALAS program should submit the following:

  • UF academic transcript
  • Two page statement of purpose explaining your research interests, career goals, and why you should be considered for an assistantship
  • Two letters of recommendation from UF professors, accompanied by Release Form

Students seeking a renewal for a second year of support do not need to submit any materials.

Submission

Wanda Carter, Academic Programs Assistant
UF Center for Latin American Studies
319 Grinter Hall
PO Box 115530
Gainesville, FL 32611

Tel: (352) 273-4709
Fax: (352) 392-7682
E-mail:wcarter@latam.ufl.edu

For questions, please contact Dr. Philip Williams, Chair

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FLAS Academic Year Fellowships

Through support from the U.S. Department of Education, the Center for Latin American Studies offers Foreign Language and Area Studies (FLAS) Academic Year Fellowships to support training in Brazilian Portuguese and Haitian Creole.

For graduate students, the fellowship covers tuition and fees for 12 graduate credit hours per semester, provides a stipend of $17,000 total for the 2015-16 academic year (fall 2015 and spring 2016 semesters), and includes GatorGradCare coverage.

For undergraduate students, the fellowship covers tuition and fees not already covered by other financial aid or scholarships (up to a maximum of $10,000 for the academic year) and provides a scholarship of $5000 total for the 2015-16 academic year ($2500 each for the fall 2015 and spring 2016 semesters).

Eligibility Requirements

Applicants must be (or applying to become) full-time UF graduate or undergraduate students who are U.S. citizens or permanent residents. Undergraduate applicants must have at least intermediate proficiency in Portuguese or Haitian Creole. There is no proficiency requirement for graduate applicants.

Priority will be given to applicants pursuing a Master’s degree, graduate certificate, or undergraduate minor/certificate in Latin American Studies. Professional school students are also encouraged to apply. Applications are reviewed by the Center’s Financial Aid Committee.

Fellowship Requirements

Each semester, recipients must enroll in a minimum of 3 credit hours of Portuguese or Haitian Creole and at least 3 credits of Latin American area studies. Recipients are also required to take language proficiency exams and to complete online reports about their fellowship on a semester basis.

After the fellowship period is completed, recipients will complete a short survey about their job placement every two years.

Application Deadline

February 6, 2015

Application Materials

To apply for a FLAS Academic Year Fellowship, please submit the following:

  • FLAS Academic Year Fellowship Application
  • Two page statement of purpose describing how the study of Brazilian Portuguese or Haitian Creole and Latin American area studies will benefit your program of study and career plans
  • Two letters of recommendation accompanied by Release Form. For graduate students, one of the letters should be from your adviser, unless you are a new UF applicant.
  • Official UF academic transcript; new UF applicants may submit photocopies from previous universities or colleges
  • Determination of Financial Need - FLAS Fellowship form -OR- copy of most recent FAFSA form (if submitted to UF for financial aid)

Submission

Wanda Carter, Academic Programs Assistant
UF Center for Latin American Studies
319 Grinter Hall
PO Box 115530
Gainesville, FL 32611

Tel: (352) 273-4709
Fax: (352) 392-7682
E-mail: wcarter@latam.ufl.edu

For questions, please contact Jocelyn Peskin, Assistant Director for Administration

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FLAS Summer Fellowships

Through support from the US Department of Education, the UF Center for Latin American Studies offers Foreign Language and Area Studies (FLAS) Summer Fellowships. FLAS Summer Fellowships support participation in an intensive study program of a less-commonly-taught Latin American language (i.e., Brazilian Portuguese, Haitian Creole, Maya, Quechua, etc.). The fellowship covers the majority of program-related fees. When possible, the award also includes a travel stipend.

Priority will be given to students pursuing a Master’s degree, graduate certificate, or undergraduate minor/certificate in Latin American Studies at UF. UF professional school students are also encouraged to apply.

Eligibility Requirements

Applicants must be US citizens or permanent residents currently enrolled full-time at UF as undergraduate or graduate students. Applications will also be accepted from non-UF graduate students with citizenship or permanent residency who are planning to attend the UF Language and Culture Program in Rio de Janeiro. Non-UF undergraduate students cannot apply.

UF undergraduate applicants must have at least intermediate proficiency in their selected language of study. There is no proficiency requirement for graduate students.

Selected language programs must provide a minimum of 140 contact hours of instruction at the beginning and intermediate levels or 120 contact hours at the advanced level. (The UF Language and Culture Program in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil meets these requirements.) Programs must be at least six weeks in length.

Graduate students with beginning language proficiency must select a program in the US, unless there is no program offered in the target language in the US. Applicants with intermediate or advanced proficiency can select programs in the US or abroad.

Applicants who would like to attend the UF Language and Culture Program in Rio de Janeiro with a Summer FLAS Fellowship must have completed two semesters of introductory Portuguese or one semester of accelerated Portuguese (the latter is offered at UF in fall, spring and summer A.)

Fellowship Requirements

Recipients are required to complete an online report as well as take a language proficiency exam both before and after the fellowship period. After the fellowship period is completed, recipients will complete a short survey about their job placement every two years.

Application Deadline

March 9, 2015

Application Materials

To apply for the FLAS Summer Fellowship, please submit the following:

  • FLAS Summer Fellowship Application
  • Two page statement of purpose describing how the study of the less commonly-taught language will benefit your program of study and career plans
  • Two letters of recommendation accompanied by Release Form. For graduate students, one of the letters should be from your adviser.
  • Official academic transcripts
  • Budget with information on program fees (not required for UF Language and Culture Program in Rio de Janeiro)
  • Determination of Financial Need - FLAS Fellowship form -OR- copy of most recent FAFSA form (if submitted to UF for financial aid)

Submission

Wanda Carter, Academic Programs Assistant
UF Center for Latin American Studies
319 Grinter Hall
PO Box 115530
Gainesville, FL 32611

Tel: (352) 273-4709
Fax: (352) 392-7682
E-mail: wcarter@latam.ufl.edu

For questions, please contact Jocelyn Peskin, Assistant Director for Administration

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TCD Fellowships and Assistantships

The Tropical Conservation and Development (TCD) Program in the Center for Latin American Studies at the University of Florida (UF) announces a competition for Graduate Fellowships and Assistantships to support Master's and Doctoral level study in various disciplines. Awards cover tuition and provide a $17,000 stipend for one academic year of study at UF, usually matched by a second year of support from the student's department. The TCD Program offers an extensive range of classroom and field opportunities for students committed to an interdisciplinary understanding of biodiversity conservation, sustainable resource use, and human well-being issues in the tropics. Information on this opportunity is available from the TCD Program.