The Center for Latino/a & Latin American Studies (CLLAS) Announces Graduate Student Research Grants

CLLAS is excited to announce its 2024 Graduate Student Research Grant. We expect to award at least five research grants for up to $3,000 each to advance research for either master’s or doctoral candidates.  The award will support research-related activities carried out before December 31, 2024. We are especially interested in projects that link Latinx Studies or Latin American Studies with other disciplines.

Possible project topics include but are not limited to:

  • history
  • ethnic identity
  • immigration
  • education
  • mental health and well-being
  • language and language use
  • popular culture and media
  • historical memory and human rights
  • gender and sexualities
  • Latino/a literature, performances, or visual arts
  • testimonies
  • the impact of structural adjustment policies on local communities
  • environmental and economic sustainability projects
  • philosophical inquiries
  • public health
  • governmental or public policy
  • sustainable business practices 

Criteria for Application:

  1. This grant is available to graduate students currently enrolled at the University of Oregon who are pursuing a master’s or doctoral degree in any discipline and conducting research with an emphasis in the areas of Latinx and/or Latin American Studies.  Former recipients are not eligible.
  2. The grant is available to all students regardless of citizenship or visa status.
  3. The maximum award is $3000 per proposal. There is no minimum to apply – smaller proposals are welcome. Most awards will range from $1000-$3000.
  4. Research activities that are interdisciplinary in nature or which can demonstrate the potential to put Latinx and Latin American Studies in conversation with each other and other disciplines are particularly welcome, but not required.
  5. Applicants must show in their grant proposal what specific activities they propose to undertake, how these are directly related to their project, thesis, or dissertation research, and how the proposed activities will move the applicant forward in carrying out original research for a specific graduate degree. If the research will be conducted under COVID restrictions, please explain how the applicant is planning to accomplish the research plan.
  6. Students will be asked to present a short talk on the results of their research during the 2024-2025 academic year. Students must also report to CLLAS any further grant funds they receive and share copies of publications resulting from CLLAS-funded research, including dissertations and masters’ theses. Grant recipients will also be asked to write a report on their research for the CLLAS newsletter.

Application Questions

For your reference, we have prepared a document with all application questions. Feel free to use this document to prepare and plan your application in advance: Graduate Grant Application Questions. To formally submit your application, please click the ‘Apply Now’ button below. Please note that the application will require the following components:

Project Description and Timeline – In 850 words or less, please explain the significance of your research project, key activities that will take place with an estimated timeline, and how this project relates to your master’s or doctoral program.

Statement of Qualifications and CV/Resume – A document that includes a Statement of Qualifications and your CV/Resume. Your statement should be concise, highlighting your relevant qualifications, expertise, and ability to execute the proposed research project. Statements must not be longer than one page, and CVs/resumes must not be longer than two pages.

Project Budget and Current Funding Sources – Please provide a detailed project budget that outlines how the CLLAS grant will be utilized, any additional funding sources that have been secured, and any remaining funding gaps (if applicable). *Please note that these grants do not cover equipment needs such as digital cameras or laptops.* For your convenience, we have put together an optional CLLAS Grant Budget Template .

Letter of Recommendation (to be submitted by primary advisor) – A concise letter of recommendation from the student’s primary advisor is mandatory, highlighting how this grant will significantly enhance the student’s capacity to complete their degree. The letter should also comment on the quality and feasibility of the proposed project. This letter carries significant weight in the application process. Please have your primary advisor send a letter of recommendation to

Application Deadline:

Please apply by Friday, March 1, 2024 at noon.

Applicants will be notified by Friday, April 5, 2024.

We are no longer accepting submissions for this grant. If you have questions please email Thank you!