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Funding & Research Opportunities


Latino Leadership Opportunity Program (LLOP)

The Latino Leadership Opportunity Program is an academic enrichment and leadership development program  for undergraduates. Students enroll in a one-semester research seminar (Anthropology 477) where they learn about the research process through an analysis of public policy issues that impact Latino communities. Students also participate in discussions and events concerning the state of Latino communities, both within Massachusetts and nationally. Students also receive Mentorship from faculty advisors who support their research endeavor within the course.  

The program is open to all undergraduates. Latino studies minors enrolled in LLOP fulfill a requirement toward the minor.

Contact the Gastón Institute to apply.

The Robert Hildreth Latin America Internship Award

Sponsored by the Mauricio Gastón Institute for Latino Community Development and Public Policy, the Hildreth Award provides approximately $3,000 for travel and research in Latin American or Caribbean countries. Current agreements include Facultad Latinoamericana De Ciencias Sociales (FLACSO) in Ecuador, University of Quintana Roo and Sistema de Universidades Estatales de Oaxaca (SUNEO) in Mexico, Fundación Vínculos in Bogotá, Colombia. Contact the Gastón Institute if you are interested in another country, to find out if we have institutional relationships.

Post-Doctoral Funding

Andrés Torres Paper Series Award

The Andrés Torres Paper Series sponsored by the Gastón Institute seeks proposals from young scholars who have completed their dissertation research or obtained their doctoral degrees in the past five years. Selection for this award is through a competitive process. A national committee of Latino scholars convened by the Gastón Institute reviews all proposals and will select 2 (two) proposals for the 2019 Andrės Torres Paper Series Award.