Research Funding:

Graduate students are competitively eligible for travel and research fellowships to support the research they need to do for their thesis papers.

Research funding competitions are:

Whetten Fellowship (Travel Award)

The Whetten Fund provides financial assistance on a rolling basis to graduate students for research specializing in Latin American Studies. This fund was established to honor the memory of Nathan Whetten, first Dean of the Graduate School at the University and eminent rural sociologist, who published extensively on Latin America.

Application process: For Whetten competitions, applicants should submit a one page proposal summarizing the nature of research, or how funds will enhance progress in area of study, along with a detailed proposed budget and a brief letter of support from applicant’s academic advisor. Please include full name, PeopleSoft ID number and NET ID, advisor’s name, and area of study. Email completed applications to and program assistant.

Robert G. Mead Fellowship (Award)

Awarded to a graduate student in any discipline specializing in Latin America.

Application process is the same as the Whetten fellowship. Email completed applications to and program assistant.

Pre-Doctoral Awards

$100 to $2,000 to support pre-doctoral graduate student research or creative projects related to Latina/o and/or Latin American Studies.

Applications can be submitted by any full-time pre-doctoral candidate enrolled in a graduate program at UConn. Students enrolled in a terminal masters program are not eligible.

Funds may be used for any purpose that furthers students’ academic progress including but not limited to direct research, publication costs, travel to archival or ethnographic research sites; supplies, services, and equipment; conference attendance or educational travel.

The Pre-Doctoral award application deadline is in the early Fall and application process will distribute to El Instituto's listserv. If you have not signed up to El Instituto's listserv, you can do so here

Other research funding for Graduate students:

External Fellowships

Some students obtain their own fellowships or grants, usually for research, from sources such as the National Institutes of Health, National Science Foundation, Fulbright Scholar Program, or from foundations that have doctoral support programs, such as the Spencer Foundation. Students usually apply for these after they have been in the program one or more years.

External Funding Opportunities

Office of National Scholarships and Fellowships

The Office of National Scholarships and Fellowships (ONSF) advises and mentors students at the University of Connecticut who are competing for prestigious, nationally-competitive scholarships and fellowships. ONSF is part of UConn Enrichment Programs and is open to all graduate and undergraduate students at the University, including students at the regional campuses.

Office of National Scholarships and Fellowships (ONSF)

El Instituto Funding Request for Research

El Instituto: Institute of Latina/o, Caribbean, and Latin American Studies offers funding to graduate
students for research related to Latina/o, Caribbean, and Latin American Studies. Limited awards (ranging
from $100‐$2,000) are available to support research, travel, and interdisciplinary events.

Download form and send to and program assistant.

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External Fellowships

Information about other financial aid options: Financial Aid website

Information on due dates and award criteria: The Graduate School Fellowship Awards

Applicant request for a Crandall Fellowship: Slate Application Portal

Additional information required by The Higher Education Opportunity Act (HEOA): Consumer Information