Scholarships and Awards

How to find out about Awards, Scholarships, and Deadlines

LALS majors frequently receive information about awards and scholarships via the LALS email newsletter. Many awards are suitable for projects involving field study, research, or other work abroad.

The Awards by Month resource shows you the most LALS-relevant awards and scholarships organized in a list by month(s) when students can apply.

For more detailed information on the awards available, including private / off-campus awards, see the full spreadsheet of Awards, Scholarships & Financial Resources for LALS Students. Check the separate tab for general funding, not tied to research or other award requirements.

Apply for department consideration for the Gabriel Zimmerman Award


Undergraduate Research

Many of the available undergraduate awards are given to students at various stages of undergraduate research projects. Students who are interested in undergraduate research are encouraged to take LALS 100A, which walks students through the process of designing a research project. Students should also check out the UCSC Undergraduate Research and Social Sciences Division pages for more information on getting started in undergraduate research. For help with applying to research awards and scholarships, please feel free to contact the LALS Advisor.

We enjoy a close connection with the Research Center for the Americas, which sponsors research projects and internships in-house, like the Human Rights Investigations Lab, and across campus, like the UCSC Bilingualism Research Lab.


LALS-Specific Awards and Scholarships

LALS's own Joel Frankel Scholarship is awarded yearly to a select number of students doing work in Latin America or in Spanish-speaking communities within the United States.

The LALS Best Paper Award recognizes the excellent work produced by LALS undergraduates and encourages students to produce outstanding papers.


Social Sciences and Campus-wide Opportunities (overlap with the resources above)

See a complete list of Awards in the Division of Social Sciences.

The UCSC Financial Aid and Scholarships office is your resource for on- and off-campus scholarships.