Center of Mexican American Studies
Center of Mexican American Studies

Faculty Research Fellowships

The Center for Mexican American Studies (CMAS) sponsors a Faculty Research Fellowship competition pursuant to its research mission on the history, society and culture of the people of Mexican origin residing in the United States. The fellowship awards are for Fall 2016 and Spring 2017.


The objective of a CMAS Faculty Research Fellowship is initiation, furtherance, or completion of a specific research project to strengthen and support the mission of the Center. The award replaces half of the faculty salary up to, but not exceeding, $50,000.


CMAS is vitally interested in increasing the number of full professors affiliated with the Center.  Thus, this fellowship will give preference to UT Austin faculty at the rank of Associate Professor who have demonstrated service to CMAS and its mission, and who have been at The University of Texas at Austin for at least one full academic year. However, tenured and tenure-track faculty are also eligible to apply.

Application Procedures

Faculty interested in applying for a CMAS Faculty Fellowship should discuss the terms of the award with their department chairs. An applicant's chair must then agree in writing to the terms of the one semester leave, including releasing the faculty member of teaching duties during the award period.  In some cases, prior approval of the academic dean will be necessary, especially from faculty outside of the College of Liberal Arts.  A Faculty Request for Leave with a copy of final approval must be provided to our office. CMAS does not have the resources to buy out faculty teaching.

Faculty must submit the CMAS Faculty Research Fellowship Application and required attachments/materials by the application deadline.

Additional Requirements

All fellows are required to present their funded research as part of the CMAS Faculty Research Plática Series during the long semester following the award period. Fellows are also required to acknowledge CMAS funding in publications that arise from the research supported by this award.

Method of Payment

CMAS Faculty Research Fellowships are salary awards paid through the Payroll Office. These awards are subject to all of the deductions as required by state and federal law and other such deductions as you may authorize. CMAS will account for these deductions in calculating award amounts.

Please contact Alberto Gonzalez (512-475-6973 or, concerning payments schedules and information.


** Extended to: November 9, 2015 **