For Graduate Students

Helen Firstbrook Franklin Scholarship:

The Helen Firstbrook Franklin Scholarship Program (HFFS) enables top entering graduate students with Latin American, Caribbean, or Iberian commitments to focus on their studies during their first academic year at the University of Wisconsin. “Latin American, Caribbean, or Iberian commitments” are understood to mean (1) a primary commitment to area studies as such, or (2) a substantial research component or comparativist component within a curriculum that has professional goals outside area studies.

1. Applications are by departmental nomination and should include:

  • A departmental letter of nomination signed by the Chair;
  • Two outside letters of recommendation (can be from the student’s graduate school application);
  • Student’s updated c.v. (can be from the student’s graduate school application);
  • A statement of purpose (can be from the student’s graduate school application).

2. Completed applications are due the second Friday of February each year. Please complete the application here.

3. Applications will be considered by the LACIS Fellowships and Scholarships Committee. A decision should be announced by mid-March.

4. Applicants selected to receive the Helen Firstbrook Franklin Scholarship have until April 15th to notify LACIS of their intent to accept or decline the award.

Meet our 2019-2020 Helen Firstbrook Franklin Scholarship Recipient, Anika Rice!

Nave Short-Term Field Research Grants:

Application Deadline: For Summer of 2020, please apply by the First Friday in March.

Apply Here

Awards will be made in early April.  Letters will be sent to all applicants notifying them if they have received an award.

Nave Field Research Grants support graduate students who wish to pursue short-term research in Latin America, the Caribbean, and the Iberian Peninsula. Applicants undertaking their first field research will be given preference; interdisciplinary and/or collaborative projects are welcome.


All masters or Ph.D. graduate students in all departments at the University of Wisconsin-Madison are eligible. There are no citizenship restrictions. Students must be continuing in a degree program at UW-Madison upon return from their field research. The grant is intended for pre-dissertation field research.

Awards will fund brief periods (between 2 weeks and 4 months) of field research in Latin America, the Caribbean, and the Iberian Peninsula. Awards are intended mainly for summer, but the timing for field research may be adjusted if a convincing case can be made. Nationals of Latin American countries wishing to utilize funds for research within their own countries are eligible if they can provide evidence (such as a letter from their advisor) that the project is essential to fulfilling degree requirements.

Allowable Expenses:
1. International travel.
2. Local travel.
3. Food, lodging and expendable supplies and fees or expenses for services.

Grants must be used for the original project only When preparing your budget, make an estimate of fare increases likely to occur between now and your date of departure. Candidates are urged to seek complementary funding from other resources and include information about such sources on applications. If you receive complementary funding from another source, the Committee may take this into consideration and adjust your award accordingly. Nevertheless, it is still to your advantage to seek additional funds.

Application Checklist:

Before beginning the online application please gather the following items. If electronic copies of documents are not available, you may submit them in person or via email to Sarah Ripp ( or at LACIS, UW-Madison, 1155 Observatory Drive, 209 Ingraham Hall.

1. Proposal narrative (not to exceed 4 double-spaced pages, 11-12 point font). This does not include the bibliography or budget but does include:

a.Statement of the problem to be researched.
b. An indication of the project’s relevance to major concerns in the applicant’s field of study or profession.
c. A brief summary of the principal literature about the problem.
d. Planned locale of study and reason why it is appropriate to the problem.
e. An indication of contacts with individuals and institutions in the host country.
f. Research agenda and approximate schedule.
g. Explanation of budget given on summary sheet (please be specific).

2. Language Proficiency Test Form, or statement or evidence of language knowledge of the country of planned research (please see options in the application for further details).

3. Unofficial UW-Madison transcripts. Undergraduate transcripts are optional.

4. Two letters of recommendation from faculty or professional colleagues at appropriate institutions. One of these letters must be from a major advisor. Email versions are acceptable.

Applications will be judged according to the following criteria:

1. Scholarly merit of the project itself.

2. Applicant’s overall academic record as indicated by transcripts and letters of recommendation.

3. Language competence (the language evaluation must indicate that language competency is adequate to carry out the project).

4. People undertaking their first field research in Latin America will be given preference. These grants are intended to facilitate initial trial field research, not comprehensive research.

Grant recipients may present a “LACIS Lunchtime” lecture, or present at the LACIS Graduate Conference or participate in a roundtable discussion, if asked, upon return from their trip. A specific statement acknowledging the Foundation’s award should also appear in any publication, film or other product resulting from the grant.

Approval for Human Subject Research:

Grant recipients whose research involves human subjects must get approval from the UW-Madison. Guidelines for human subjects research in the social and behavioral sciences are available at: Please contact Ryan Moze, JD, at or 608-262-1703 with any questions about human subject research.

Note: If you are doing research involving human subjects, we HIGHLY recommend that you submit your proposal for Human Subjects Protocol Review by the deadline. This requires that you begin the process before you have found out if you are awarded the Nave Grant.

Host Country Affiliation:

Grantees are encouraged to establish an affiliation with an appropriate institution in the host country. Such institutions might include universities, research institutes, hospitals, law firms, government agencies or volunteer organizations.


Each recipient MUST report twice:

  1. A preliminary report is due within two weeks after arrival in host country stating that you have begun your field research.
  2. A final report is due one month after returning from the field; it should be between 5 and 10 pages in length.

Please email both of these reports to Sarah Ripp at Please note that these reports are imperative to the future success of the Nave Summer Field Research Award Program.

Foreign Language and Area Studies Fellowships (FLAS)

FLAS fellowships are funded by the U.S. Department of Education and administered by the UW’s National Resource Centers to assist students in acquiring foreign language and either area or international studies competencies. FLAS awards are only available for specific languages, and are contingent on federal funding.

Applicants must be U.S. citizens or permanent residents of the United States. Applications by students in professional fields are encouraged.