For Graduate Students

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Foreign Language and Area Studies Fellowships (FLAS)

Applications are due by Tuesday, February 14th, 2023.

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 upon federal funding.

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

Conference/Symposia/Research Support

LACIS is pleased to provide funding to support graduate students in their efforts to attend conferences and other related meetings, as well as complete their academic research. Funding is offered on a rolling basis and as available.

Please apply here:

Graduate Student Travel Grant Application

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  • Brief email of support for your application

    Please obtain a brief acknowledgment of support via email from your major advisor noting the academic benefits of your participation in this activity. This can be sent separately to
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Neale Silva Scholarship for Chilean Students

The Neale Silva scholarship is intended specifically for Chilean citizens who would like to attend UW-Madison for up to two years at the undergraduate or graduate level. The scholarship was created by Professor Eduardo Neale Silva, who forged a permanent and special bond between his homeland, Chile, and his adopted educational homeland, the University of Wisconsin-Madison. This scholarship specifies that beneficiaries should a) be involved in the practical fields of science and technology, and b) return to work in Chile to benefit the country.

Applications are due annually on the first of April.

Please email with any questions about the program or the application process.

Click HERE for more details and the application.

Tinker-Nave Short-Term Field Research Grants

Applications are due annually by the First Friday in March.

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

Tinker-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. Professional master’s and other terminal degree students are eligible as long as they graduate the summer they receive the award. 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 via email to Sarah Ripp (

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:

  • Statement of the problem to be researched.
  • An indication of the project’s relevance to major concerns in the applicant’s field of study or profession.
  • A brief summary of the principal literature about the problem.
  • Planned locale of study and reason why it is appropriate to the problem.
  • An indication of contacts with individuals and institutions in the host country.
  • Research agenda and approximate schedule.
  • 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 visit: should you have 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 Tinker-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.  If you received Tinker-Nave funds, please submit your report HERE.

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

Tinker Nave Short-Term Field Research Grant Application

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  • Project Information

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  • Please provide dates as accurately as possible in the mm/dd format. If you can not provide specific dates, estimate the approximate number of days required to complete your project
  • Budget

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  • Graduate Students Only

    This section is to be filled out by Graduate Students only
  • Letters of Recommendation & Language Reference:

  • Please provide the name, professional title/affiliation and email/phone of each of your recommenders here. You are required to submit TWO letters of recommendation. Please ask your recommenders to email their letters directly to Sarah Ripp at
    Applicants are required to demonstrate proficiency in the native language of the country they will conducting field research in. Please select from one of these options to demonstrate your proficiency.
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    Tinker-Nave Field Research Grant Post-Research Report

    IRIS Graduate Student Summer Fieldwork Award Competition

    For Summer 2023, please apply by February 6th, 2023 by 10:00 a.m.

    The purpose of these $3,000 awards is to support graduate students at the UW-Madison planning to conduct 6 or more weeks of summer fieldwork outside of the United States.


    Any continuing graduate student at the University of Wisconsin-Madison may apply for these awards.

    Questions about the IRIS Summer Fieldwork Award should be directed to Mark Lilleleht by email at or phone at 608.265.6070.