Center for Latin American & Caribbean Studies (CLACS)

The KU Center for Latin American and Caribbean Studies (CLACS), a designated 2018-2022 Comprehensive National Resource Center by the U.S. Department of Education, supports undergraduate and graduate students through full academic year and summer Foreign Language and Area Studies (FLAS) fellowships. Undergraduate Academic Year FLAS Fellowships provide up to $10,000 for tuition and a $5,000 stipend. Graduate Academic Year FLAS Fellowships provide up to $18,000 for tuition and a $15,000 stipend. Summer FLAS Fellowships (both undergraduate and graduate) provide up to $5,000 for summer tuition and a stipend of $2,500. Modest travel funds may be available for summer fellowships. 

The University of Kansas currently offers advanced online and traditional language programs in Haitian Creole, Miskito, Portuguese, and Spanish. Online language programs in Bri Bri, Guaraní, Kakchiqel, K’iche’ Maya, Quechua, and Tlapenec are not currently offered, but are in development (inquire with the CLACS FLAS Coordinator for more details). 

CLACS currently awards FLAS fellowships to students studying:  Portuguese, Haitian Creole, and Miskito; students may also submit applications to be considered (with special permission) for FLAS fellowships in the less-commonly-taught languages currently under development (Quechua, Kakchiqel, K’iche’ Maya, Tlapenec) or in indigenous Latin American languages with programs identified at other institutions as well as in advanced Spanish.* CLACS can also support students intending to study LCTL or indigenous languages offered by foreign program as part of a Student-Initiated Program approved by KU Office of Study Abroad. Students are responsible for providing information about the intended program of study if not currently offered at KU. Please note, KU's policy is not to allow student enrollment or travel to countries with a U.S. Federal Government Travel Warning in place, which unfortunately includes several Latin American countries. CLACS has preapproved multiple program options for Summer and Academic Year FLAS Fellowships. Most programs coordinated by KU are available to students through the Office of Study Abroad. Please contact Mari Keyser for specific information about KU's programs in Latin American or the Caribbean. Non-KU students are able to apply for programs currently offered at KU (inquire for more details).

Competitive priority and preference is given to (listed in order) 1) KU students qualified to enroll in a Latin American or Caribbean LCTL or indigenous language program offered at KU; 2) KU students qualified to enroll in a Latin American or Caribbean LCTL or indigenous languages offered at another U.S. institution or in an approved foreign language program; 3) non-KU students qualified to enroll in a less-commonly-taught language program currently offered at KU; 4) KU graduate students qualified to enroll in advanced Spanish (offered at KU). In addition to the language priorities identified above, all meritorious applications from students with financial need as indicated by filed FAFSAs are given first priority.

* FLAS fellowships are sometimes available for graduate students that qualify to enroll in intermediate or advanced Spanish at the beginning of their fellowship (inquire for more details). However, competitive priority and preference is given to students qualified to enroll in Portuguese, Haitian Creole, or a Latin American indigenous language, either at KU or through an approved foreign language program.

About the Center

Established in 1961, the Center for Latin American and Caribbean Studies (CLACS) at the University of Kansas has been awarded graduate fellowships by the US Department of Education (ED) since 1976 and was designated and funded by ED as a Comprehensive National Resource Center on Latin America and the Caribbean from 1983-1988; 1994-2006; and from 2010-2014. CLACS is distinguished by its quality and long term stability. It is a leading research center linking faculty, students, and the community from across Kansas, the country, and the world in the interdiscplinary study of the histories, cultures, societies, economies, and enivronments of Latin America and the Caribbean. We aim to serve as the best resource in our region and a model in the country for excellence in research, education and outreach. We strive to advance knowledge and seek solutions to pressing questions related to Latin America and the Caribbean. CLACS works to place this region in a global conversation, and promote multiculturalism on campus and in our community. Finally, CLACS seeks to provide an environment for learning and working where differences are valued and each person is supported and offered an equitable opportunity to achieve their academic and professional goals.

Our center offers region-specific academic programs, facilitates graduate research at home and abroad, sponsors events related to the region, and develops outreach resources for area educators. More than 100 core, affiliate, and research faculty members associated with the Center teach and research Latin America through a variety of disciplinary and interdisciplinary prisms, and mentor students interested in the region. Our semiannual newsletter, the Kansas Latin Americanist, highlights recent campus activities and faculty and student research in Latin America and the Caribbean, and also publicizes new outreach materials and current funding, travel, and research opportunities.


FLAS Coordinator

Aron Muci


FLAS Info Sessions for Fall 2018

Mon. 10/22 - Pine Room, KU Union

Wed. 11/14 - English Room, KU Union

Thurs. 1/31 - English Room, KU Union

All sessions run 4-5pm

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