• Home
  • Undergraduate Funding

Undergraduate Funding

The Center for Latin American & Caribbean Studies works closely with the University to provide students with the opportunity to fund their schooling through a variety of different sources. FLAS scholarships awarded through The Center provide academic year and summer tuition and living stipend, and KU's Global Scholars and University Scholars Programs provide substantial awards. Please read below to see a full list of undergrad opportunities.

Please check out our external sources of funding page as well as the Office of Student Financial Aid.

Global Scholars Program (for Undergraduates)

The Global Scholars Program recognizes the achievements of KU's most academically talented and motivated undergraduates who have demonstrated an interest in global studies and encourages them to pursue international opportunities for learning and leadership.  Through a competitive process, the program provides cohorts of students (15 each year) with opportunities to develop their intellectual capabilities and interests to the fullest and prepare for careers, further study, and leadership roles in today's complex international arena.

Fifteen scholars will be chosen from the pool. The Global Scholars Program runs in the same semester as the University Scholars Program coordinated by the Honors Program. Students are invited to apply to one but not both of these programs. The application is available online.

Students selected as Global Scholars:

  • Enroll in an interdisciplinary honors seminar during the spring semester of their sophomore year.
  • Are matched with a distinguished faculty mentor based on their academic interests. Although the exact nature of the relationship is left to each scholar and mentor, its purpose is to foster intellectual growth.
  • Receive a scholarship of $1,000 toward a KU-approved Study Abroad program, providing their grade point averages are maintained at an appropriate level of 3.0.
  • Present a research project in a Global Scholars Symposium their senior year.


  • Applicants to the program should be outstanding students who are beginning their second year of college. Global Scholars are chosen based on an application and an interview. Students with a 3.75 cumulative GPA are invited to apply. Students with a strong record but a slightly lower GPA may also submit an application.
  • Applicants must complete an application form, an essay (questions found on the application form), a personal statement and two recommendation forms. One recommendation must come from a KU course instructor. The review committee strongly suggests that both recommendations come from KU course instructors, although the second recommendation could also be completed by someone who knows the applicant and his/her academic abilities well.
  • Applications for the 2021 cohort are due September 21, 2020. Interviews are planned for October 18, 2020.


For more information, please contact International Affairs at intlaffairs@ku.edu or Michelle Ward at mmward@ku.edu.

University Scholars Program (for Undergraduates)

Every year, twenty outstanding second-year students from a variety of disciplines are selected to become the new generation of University Scholars. Each student receives a $250 scholarship per semester for five semesters, a faculty mentor and enroll in an interdisciplinary seminar taught by a faculty member noted for a distinguished teaching record.

University Scholars are selected on the basis of academic credentials, commitment to their education, intellectual promise and evaluations by instructors, advisers and other faculty members. Students in their second year at KU with a 3.75 cumulative grade-point average are invited to apply. 

Administered by the Honors Program, the University Scholars program was founded in the Spring of 1982 by Judge Deanell Tacha then Vice Chancellor for Academic Affairs and Professor Francis Heller. It now counts over 600 alumni who have all gone on to great careers in varied fields. KU Endowment funds University Scholars.

Applications for the 2021 cohort are due September 21, 2020. Interviews are planned for October 18, 2020.

Contact University Scholars Program director Sarah Crawford-Parker at scrawpar@ku.edu for more information.

Benjamin A. Gilman International Scholarship Program

Sponsored by the U.S. Department of Education, the Benjamin A. Gilman International Scholarship Program provides scholarships to U.S. undergraduates with financial need for study abroad, including students from diverse backgrounds and students going to non-traditional study abroad destinations.  Established under the International Academic Opportunity Act of 2000, Gilman Scholarships provide up to $5,000 for American students to pursue overseas study for college credit.  Applicants must demonstrate that they are receiving Federal Pell Grants, that they have been accepted to an accredited study abroad program lasting at least four weeks in one country.  Programs in Cuba and in countries on the U.S. State Department's Travel Warning list are ineligible.  Applications for the Summer and Fall semesters of any given year are due in March.  Decisions are announced in late May.   

Anita Herzfeld Study Abroad Award for Latin America

This award is open to KU degree-seeking undergraduate students who have applied to a summer, semester or academic year-length Study Abroad program in Latin America. The Center for Latin American and Caribbean Studies will be awarding two scholarships at $500 each.  The scholarship honors the contributions of Anita Herzfeld, professor emerita of Linguistics and Latin American and Caribbean Studies and former director of the Office of Study Abroad.  A beloved teacher and noted linguist, Prof. Herzfeld retired in 2012 after working to expand international education for KU students during a distinguished career spanning more than fifty years. 

Applications for Summer and Fall are due March 1st. Please contact Mari Keyser in the Office of Study Abroad for further information.
Subscribe to Department News

CLACS Events
Expert's Corner

Read More>>