2 students to receive Iberian, Latin-American Studies Fellowship for summer immersion

Two students will be awarded the new Iberian and Latin-American Studies Fellowship this spring for summer studies in the Spanish-speaking world, Head of School Jeanne Huybrechts announced in an email to students Monday.

Similar to the Gunter Gross Asia Initiative, the Iberian and Latin American Studies Fellowship encourages students to “focus and extend what we already teach about the Spanish-speaking world in history, world languages, economics, performing and visual arts classes and allow us to imagine new ways to engage with the world beyond the walls of the classroom,” the email reads.

The fellowship is an additional Harvard-Westlake Global Education initiative that will be administered through the Kutler Center for Interdisciplinary Studies and Independent Research and will be awarded every year, Huybrechts said.

The fellowship winners may receive up to $5,000 and rising sophomores, juniors and seniors are eligible to apply.

A fellowship proposal will describe a unique and immersive experience that will broaden and deepen the student’s understanding of Iberian and/or Latin American culture, history and society, and may or may not include travel, according to Huybrechts’ email.

Additionally, those who wish to apply need not be enrolled in a Spanish class.

The fellowship recipients are also expected to “create something that can be given back to the school,” Huybrechts said.

This may entail contributing to the school’s new global education website that Huybrechts hopes to launch soon, presenting to a Spanish class or writing something for a school publication or website, Huybrechts said.

The proposals, which are due to students’ deans April 18 and will only be identifiable by I.D. number, will be read and vetted by an anonymous selection committee. They should include a detailed statement of program, objectives, itinerary and budget.

An anonymous donor is contributing the funds for the initiative, Huybrechts said.

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