Latvian American Studies

The American Latvian Association (ALA) Graduate Fellowship in Latvian American studies was established in 2004 with a combined gift from the ALA, the Latvian Welfare Association, and the World Federation of Free Latvians. An additional major contribution was received in 2005 from the Diaspora Fund of the Republic of Latvia. Its objective is to further Latvian American history and related activities occurring in the IHRC.

This fellowship may be used for graduate student support and travel to academic conferences related to Latvian American studies activity. The fellowships may be awarded more than once to the same student during her/his enrollment in the University. Departments in which graduate students are enrolled arrange individual financial assistance packages of varying terms and amounts, often applied to the second and third years of study, usually through research or teaching assistantships.


The Latvian American studies graduate fellowship is available for academic year 2019-2020.


International and U.S. permanent residence and citizens students are eligible. To be considered for this fellowship, candidates must:

  • be admitted to or currently enrolled in a Masters or PhD degree program in the University of Minnesota Graduate School
  • have research interests related to the history and culture of Latvians (in the United States or the Latvian diaspora) that require research in the IHRC Latvian collections
  • have reading proficiency in Latvian as well as English languages (international students should consult TOEFL requirements)


Apply to request departmental nomination for Latvian American Association Graduate Fellowship.