Institute of Latin American Studies – ILAS Weekly Digest: November 20, 2017


Summer FLAS Fellowship for Quechua and Quichua Language
Deadline: February 2, 2018

The Kimberly Green Latin American and Caribbean Center is sending out the call for our Summer 2018 FLAS Fellowships. The FLAS fellowship supports language training in Less-Commonly-Taught Languages (LCTLs), including Portuguese, Haitian Creole, Quechua, and Quichua.

Full-time, degree-seeking graduate and undergraduate students in any discipline may apply. Fellowships are available to qualified FIU and non-FIU students.  Summer FLAS Fellowship recipients are required to enroll in a FLAS-approved Portuguese, Haitian Creole, Quechua, or Quichua language program. For a list of last year’s FLAS-approved programs, visit http://www.claspprograms.org/pages/detail/5/Language, you may email vcaviede@fiu.edu for information on the 2018 FLAS approved programs. Students must apply to an approved program prior to submitting a FLAS Fellowship application. Proof of program application submission will be required to certify FLAS funding eligibility.

The Summer FLAS fellowship covers tuition and fees (up to $5,000) for Summer language training in the U.S. or abroad. Additionally, fellowship recipients are awarded a stipend (approximately $2,500).

Undergraduate student applicants must be prepared to study one of the approved languages at the intermediate or advanced level. Undergraduate students at the beginning level of a language are not eligible.  Graduate students may study one of the approved languages (Portuguese, Haitian Creole, Quechua, or Quichua) at the beginning, intermediate, or advanced levels. However, graduate students applying to study a FLAS language at the beginning level must demonstrate that they speak another language from the region, other than English, at the advanced level.  Preference will be given to meritorious students at the intermediate or advanced level, as well as those in the professional schools (Business, Law, Medicine, Education, Journalism, Social Work, Engineering, Criminal Justice, Tourism and Hospitality, etc.), and those planning a career in U.S. government service are strongly encouraged to apply.

To apply, please visit https://lacc.fiu.edu/academics/financial/flas-fellowship/. Application submission instructions will be towards the bottom of the page. Please contact Viroselie Caviedes at vcaviede@fiu.edu should you have any questions.


NEH Senior Research Fellowship Program
Deadline: January 31, 2018

The CAORC National Endowment for the Humanities Senior Research Fellowship Program supports advanced research in the humanities for US postdoctoral scholars, and foreign national postdoctoral scholars who have been residents in the US for three or more years. Fellowship stipends are $4,200 per month for a total of four months.


Applicants must:

  • carry out research in a country which hosts a participating American overseas research center. Eligible countries for 2018 are: Algeria, Armenia, Azerbaijan, Cambodia, Cyprus, Georgia, Indonesia, Mexico, Mongolia, Morocco, Nepal, Senegal, Sri Lanka or Tunisia;
  • be postdoctoral scholars;
  • be US citizens or foreign nationals who have been residents in the US for three years prior to the application deadline.

Applications for the NEH Senior Research Fellowship Program are now available at orcfellowships.fluidreview.com.
The deadline for submissions is January 31, 2018 and announcements are expected to be made by the end of April 2018. More information can be found here.

Multi-Country Research Fellowship Program

The CAORC Multi-Country Research Fellowship Program supports advanced regional or transregional research in the humanities, social sciences, or allied natural sciences for US doctoral candidates and scholars who have already earned their PhD. Preference will be given to candidates examining comparative and/or cross-regional research. Scholars must carry out research in two or more countries outside the US, at least one of which hosts a participating American overseas research center. Approximately eight awards of up to $10,500 each will be given each year.


Applicants must:

  • be a US citizen. Proof of citizenship (photocopy of passport) must be shown upon award notification;
  • have a PhD or be a doctoral candidate who has completed all PhD requirements with the exception of the dissertation;
  • be engaged in the study of and research in the humanities, social sciences, and allied natural sciences;
  • seek to conduct research of regional or trans-regional significance in two or more countries outside the US, one of which must host a participating American overseas research center (AORC). Please note travel is currently restricted by the U.S. Department of State to the following AORC countries: Afghanistan, Bangladesh, Iraq, Pakistan (senior scholars may be permitted to travel to Lahore and Islamabad subject to approval), and Yemen.


Applications for the Multi-Country Research Fellowship Program are now available at orcfellowships.fluidreview.com.

The deadline for submissions is January 31, 2018 and announcements are expected to be made by the end of April 2018. More information can be found here.  

Minority Health and Health Disparities International Research Training (MHIRT) Fellowship
Deadline: December 1, 2017

This is an NIH funded fellowship led by ICAP in partnership with the IFAP Global Health Program at the College of Physicians and Surgeons. The goal of this program is to increase diversity in the research workforce and give students from backgrounds that are underrepresented in the field an early exposure to global Health and health disparities research.

This fully funded 11-week training program will take place from early June to Mid-August of 2018. The students will spend two weeks at ICAP in New York, eight weeks at one of our international sites, and then a final week back at ICAP in New York. The 2018 research sites include the Dominican Republic, Lesotho, Kenya, Cameroon and Swaziland.

In addition to being fully funded, students will also receive a completion stipend for their summer work as well as housing here in NY and at their international placement site. Eligibility criteria are detailed in the attached. For more information please visit: http://icap.columbia.edu/student-center/fellowship/   


Eligibility Criteria:

  1. Candidates must be U.S. Citizens or permanent residents.
  2. Candidates must meet at least one of the NIH-defined criteria for membership in an “underrepresented or minority group”:

Underrepresented racial and/or ethnic minorities include African Americans, Hispanic Americans, American Indians, Alaskan Natives, Hawaiian Natives and natives of the U.S. Pacific Islands.

Individuals from rural backgrounds include those who come from a family residing in an area designated by the U.S. Office of Management and Budget (OMB) as non-metropolitan. The home address of prospective trainees can be entered into the Rural Assistance Center’s ‘Am I Rural’ website to obtain a Core Based Statistical Areas (CBSA) designation of Metropolitan, Micropolitan, or Rural.

Low income individuals are defined as those who come from a family with an annual income below established low-income thresholds, published here. Applicants must demonstrate that they have (a) qualified for federal disadvantaged assistance; or (b) received any of the following student loans: Health Professional Student Loans (HPSL), Loans for Disadvantaged Student Program; or have received scholarships from the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services under the Scholarship for Individuals with Exceptional Financial Need.

  1. Undergraduate candidates must be current sophomores and juniors (i.e., rising juniors or rising seniors in summer 2018) who have successfully completed coursework in biomedical or behavioral health sciences. A minimum GPA of 3.0 is required.
  2. Graduate candidates must have successfully completed at least one year of graduate coursework by the beginning of the training program. The fellowship is an introduction to research and not appropriate for more advanced graduate students.

For additional questions, please see FAQs.

Application Components:

  1. Program application (download here)
  2. CV or resume

  3. Official transcripts from current academic institution

  4. Two academic or professional letters of reference
  5. Statement of interest describing: motivation for applying; relevant past experience (if any); research interests; global health interest; career goals

Send official transcripts to ep2821@cumc.columbia.edu or:

Next Generation Programs

ICAP at Columbia University

722 West 168th Street, 13th floor

New York, NY 10032

All other application components should be emailed as separate PDFs to Elizabeth Pierre at ep2821@cumc.columbia.edu. Applicants are responsible for confirming receipt of all materials.

All application components are due by Friday, December 1, 2017.

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