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Funding & Study Abroad Opportunities


Graduate | Undergraduate | Faculty

CLACS facilitates several funding opportunities for current Masters and Ph.D. students who focus on Latin America and the Caribbean. Also listed here are other opportunities available through Indiana University for study and research in the region by undergraduate and graduate students and faculty. CLACS sends out weekly notices of other funding opportunities in our Novedades e-newsletter (sign up here).

Graduate Funding and Study Abroad Opportunities

  • Graduate Assistantships or Associate Instructorships: All incoming students to the CLACS MA program are eligible for one of our highly competitive funding packages. View the MA page for more information.
  • Field Research Grants: Any current IU Graduate Students are eligible. These grants are intended to support pilot research projects in which students gain familiarity with the languages and cultures of their prospective research sites, gather initial research data, and develop contacts with scholars and institutions in their countries and fields of study. Visit the CLACS Field Research webpage for more information.
  • Summer Study Abroad Courses: CLACS sponsors two opportunities for graduate students to study abroad and get course credit during the summer.
    CLACS Lecturer, Quetzil Castañeda teaches a course, Community Tourism, Marketing and Development: IU Service Learning in Yucatán. This field study abroad course provides students with direct experiential training in and academic knowledge of international tourism development and the unique problems of creating and developing sustainable community oriented tourism based in ecological, archaeological, and intangible cultural heritage attractions. For more information, view the flyer here, access the course website, or email him at qcastane[at]indiana.edu.
    CLACS Affiliated Faculty John Galuska, Director of the Foster International Living-Learning Center leads a summer service learning course to Jamaica, Cultural Ecology, Sustainable Agriculture & Eco-heritage Tourism in Jamaica. Students in this course participate in experiential-learning initiatives associated with cultural ecology, sustainable agriculture, eco-heritage tourism, park management (at a UNESCO World Heritage Site), and permaculture design.View the flyer here or contact him at jgaluska[at]indiana.edu for more info.
  • Graduate Exchange at the University of Costa Rica (UCR): This program is intended for independent research at UCR for one semester. The application deadline is October 23, 2015. For more information on the UCR exchange and to submit online application materials, see the Office of Vice President for International Affairs (OVPIA) website.
  • Graduate Exchange at the Universidad Nacional Autónoma de México (UNAM): This program is intended for independent research or course work at UNAM for one semester. The application deadline is October 23, 2015. For more information on the UNAM exchange and to submit online application materials, see the Office of Vice President for International Affairs (OVPIA) website.

Undergraduate Funding & Study Abroad Opportunities

Funding: CLACS sponsors an Annual Undergraduate Student Essay Contest, held every Fall. Participants produce original essays that highlight study abroad experiences in Latin America or the Caribbean. View our past winners here.

Study Abroad:The IU Office of Overseas Study coordinates opportunities for study, research, and training in Latin America and the Caribbean in their annual study abroad programs. Download a pdf of abroad opportunities by country. Several student organizations on campus also plan trips to Latin America.

  • Semester Programs
    • SIT - Social Movements & Human Rights, Argentina
    • CIEE - Buenos Aires, Argentina
    • CIEE - Bahia, Brazil
    • CIEE Liberal Arts - Rio de Janeiro, Brazil
    • IES - Rio de Janeiro, Brazil
    • CIEE Liberal Arts - Sao Paulo, Brazil
    • CIEE Business & Culture KSB - Sao Paulo, Brazil
    • CIEE - Santiago, Chile
    • CIEE Business & Culture - Santiago, Chile
    • CIEE - Valparaiso, Chile
    • CIEE - Monteverde, Costa Rica
    • CIEE - Santiago, Dominican Republic
    • IES - Quito, Ecuador
    • IU Overseas Study - Lima, Peru
  • Summer Programs
    • CLACS-sponsored programs
      • IU CLACS - Community Tourism, Marketing and Development: IU Service Learning in Yucatán. CLACS Lecturer, Quetzil Castañeda teaches this field study abroad course, which provides students with direct experiential training in and academic knowledge of international tourism development and the unique problems of creating and developing sustainable community oriented tourism based in ecological, archaeological, and intangible cultural heritage attractions. For more information, view the flyer here, access the course website, or email him at qcastane[at]indiana.edu.
      • IU CLACS - Cultural Ecology, Sustainable Agriculture & Eco-heritage Tourism in Jamaica. CLACS Affiliated Faculty John Galuska, Director of the Foster International Living-Learning Center leads students in this course to participate in experiential-learning initiatives associated with cultural ecology, sustainable agriculture, eco-heritage tourism, park management (at a UNESCO World Heritage Site), and permaculture design.View the flyer here or contact him at jgaluska[at]indiana.edu for more info.
      • IU CLACS/OVPDEMA/AAADS - History of Race in the Americas: Exploring Racial Identity in Dominican Republic (Study Abroad Program). For undergraduate students in Hudson and Holland Scholars Program, Group Scholars Program, IUB 21st Century Scholars Program, mentors of the Faculty and Staff for Student Excellence Mentoring program, and OVPDEMA funded tutors of the Academic Support Center. View the application for more information.
    • IU department-sponsored programs
    • IU Overseas Study programs
      • CIEE - Buenos Aires, Argentina
      • IES Health Studies - Santiago, Chile
      • CIEE Community Public Health - Santiago, Dominican Republic
      • IES Environmental Studies - Quito & Galapagos Islands, Ecuador
  • Short-term Trips

Faculty Funding Opportunities

Indiana University faculty and librarians can apply each year to participate in month-long exchange programs with university partners around the world. These competitive programs are administered and funded by the Office of the Vice President for International Affairs (OVPIA).

  • Fulbright Chair in Music and Musicology at IU: This position is open to senior faculty members, researchers, musicians, composers, or performers from institutions across Brazil for full funding for one academic term (fall or spring semester) to support teaching and research activities at IU. It recognizes mid-career and senior researchers and musicians in areas of performance, composition, theory, musicology and ethnomusicology who influence music performance and education around the globe. Fulbright chairs also exhibit the potential to make significant contributions to the body of research in one or more of the related areas to the IU Jacobs School of Music and the College of Arts and Sciences. Read the call for proposals. The application period for the 2018-2019 academic year is due October 1st, 2017.