Mission Statement

The Center for Latin American Studies supports research and teaching on Latin America by the faculty and students of Stanford in all fields of study.

The Center for Latin American Studies brings leading Latin American scholars to Stanford University to teach, conduct research, and advise students in their particular areas of expertise.

This program provides grants to establish, strengthen, and operate language and area or international studies.

In 1996, while visiting Stanford University, Brazilian president Fernando Henrique Cardoso announced the establishment of the Joaquim Nabuco Chair. 

CLAS has a rich tradition of rigorous academic programs, research and fellowship opportunities, and public events and outreach. 

The one-year Master of Arts program in Latin American Studies at Stanford University is designed for highly qualified graduates who have previous experience working, living, or studying in Latin America.

The Center for Latin American Studies sponsors visas and privileges at Stanford University Libraries for senior scholars conducting research on Latin America. 

The Center for Latin American Studies holds open competitions for graduate student fellowships, working group grants, and field research grants.

Support from CLAS alumni and friends helps ensure our continued leadership in the field of Latin American Studies.

The Honors Program in Latin American Studies is open to majors in any field.

The Center for Latin American Studies holds open competitions for undergraduate student fellowships and independent internship grants.

CLAS offers a Minor in Latin American Studies for students in any major who would like to establish a complementary concentration on the region.

The Center for Latin American Studies supports faculty research through its annual Faculty Conference program.

Most requirements for the interdisciplinary programs in Latin American Studies may be fulfilled by courses offered by other departments and schools.

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