Latin American and Border Studies

Special Opportunities

Fellowships and Programs

Undergraduate Human Rights Workshop on Women’s Power and Women’s Justice. February 26-18, 2017.

All workshop expenses including food and lodging will be paid for by Illinois Wesleyan University. However, students will be required to obtain independent funds for their travel to and from Bloomington, Illinois. In order to be considered for participation in the workshop, interested students should submit a 500 word abstract summarizing their research project and obtain a letter of support from a faculty member at their home institution. Please submit abstracts and letters to  by December 2nd. A faculty committee at Illinois Wesleyan University will review all applications and notify participants byDecember 16th.

The Illinois Wesleyan University Center for Human Rights and Social Justice will be sponsoring its fifth annual Human Rights Undergraduate Research Workshop on February 24th-26th 2016, on the theme “Women’s Power: Women’s Justice.”  As some of you may be aware, we bring undergraduate students together from liberal arts colleges who are in the process of completing research in a human rights related area for approximately two days, where students and faculty together share ideas and offer support to facilitate the process of completing a research project. This year, the workshop will begin on the afternoon of February 24th and extend through a morning breakfast on the 2 The informal nature of the workshop in addition to its intimacy differentiate this experience from the typical conference presentation structure, and participants have enthusiastically commented upon its usefulness. In addition to Illinois Wesleyan faculty, occasionally faculty from other institutions have joined their students in participating in the workshop as well. The workshops have also included noteworthy keynote speakers as well as co-curricular activities for participants.


Paul & Daisy Soros Fellowships for New Americans provides up to $90,000 in support for immigrants and children of immigrants who are pursuing graduate school full-time in any field and at any advanced degree-granting institution in the United States. 

The application deadline is November 1, 2016.

Seeking the 30 most promising New Americans who will go on to make distinctive contributions to American society, culture or their field. Each Fellow serves as an example of the richness that refugees and immigrants bring to America. The competition is merit-based. Selection criteria emphasize creativity, originality, initiative, and sustained accomplishment.

Applicants can learn more about the Fellowships by joining us for an online informational webinar.


Public Policy International Affairs Summer Institute Program

Our mission is to promote the inclusion and full participation of underrepresented groups in public service and to advance their leadership roles throughout our civic institutions serving domestic and international affairs.”

The program is for students who will be graduating between December 2016 and August 2017. 

Deadline: November 1, 2016. Learn more at



Southwestern’s King Creativity Fund annually supports “innovative and visionary projects” of enrolled students, supporting multiple projects every academic year with grant awards ranging from a few hundred to a few thousand dollars.

The deadline for proposal submissions for the 2016-2017 academic year is 5:00pm on Friday, October 14, 2016. Find information on spending and final presentation deadlines here.


Study Abroad and Civic Engagement

Scholarships Argentina: The Latin American Studies Partial Scholarships Program is a multidisciplinary program. The concentration provides a coherent framework for the study of Latin America and is designed to prepare students for careers requiring specialized knowledge of the peoples, cultures and social systems of Latin America.  During the two-week intensive program students will visit Argentine NGO, will meet with locals, businessmen and businesswomen, politicians, professionals and will take part in various cultural visits and activities.

For more information visit: Latin American Studies

Start date: December 5, 2016

Application Deadline: Rolling admission*

Maximum Number of Scholarships Available: 10

Program cost with the partial Scholarship: USD 250

 To learn more about the Program (click here)


Vive Peru is in need of volunteer interns experienced in the areas of Clinical Medicine, Teaching English, Social Work, and Engineering to support our partner organizations and adopted communities in Northern Peru! Work side-by-side with doctors in local clinics and hospitals, volunteer with underprivileged communities, share your love for music or languages with the children of Peru. In your free time, explore one of the most ecologically diverse and historically rich countries in the world.  

Applications for summer will be taken on a rolling basis. Interested?  Applications available online NOW at