Center of Mexican American Studies
Center of Mexican American Studies

Carlos E. Castañeda Postdoctoral Fellowship in Mexican American Studies

The Center for Mexican American Studies (CMAS) of the College of Liberal Arts is pleased to announce the Carlos E. Castañeda Postdoctoral Fellowship in Mexican American Studies supported by the Office of the President.  This postdoctoral fellowship is in memory of Professor Carlos E. Castañeda (1896-1958), one of the first scholars and activists in Mexican American studies, and a UT Austin alumnus and faculty member.

CMAS is accepting applications for this twelve-month postdoctoral fellowship for the 2016-2017 academic year, effective September 1, 2016 and ending August 31, 2017.  The Castañeda Fellow is obligated to be in residence in Austin, Texas during the entire 2016-2017 fellowship year and to make a contribution to CMAS' research program in the form of a major research or writing project.  Use of the Mexican American archival materials at the Benson Latin American Collection is encouraged.  In addition the Castañeda Fellow is asked to teach one undergraduate course during her/his residency and to deliver a public lecture in the spring semester 2017. The fellow will receive an academic year stipend of $48,000, health insurance benefits, a moving allowance, office space, and logistical office support. 

Applicants must have completed the doctoral degree (Ph.D./Ed.D.) within the past five years before the beginning of the fellowship year. The doctoral degree must be awarded by June 30, 2016 for consideration. The doctoral degree must be in hand by the start of the appointment date. Failure to comply will result in a significantly reduced award and/or change in appointment. Current UT Austin faculty members and doctoral candidates are not eligible. 

A complete application will consist of the following materials:

  • Letter of Application (not to exceed three pages detailing completed research and a research plan for award period)
  • Writing Sample (double-spaced, not to exceed 30 pages in length)
  • Academic Transcript (from the doctoral institution)
  • Course Description (for either a lower-division or upper-division undergraduate course, not to exceed two pages)
  • Three Letters of Recommendation (from supervising faculty and/or colleagues)
  • Curriculum Vitae

The application deadline is 5:00 pm on Monday, December 7, 2015.

All application materials must be submitted electronically as PDF documents via Interfolio, this includes all letters of recommendation. Please use the following URL when submitting application materials,

Questions regarding the Carlos E. Castañeda Postdoctoral Fellowship in Mexican American Studies can be directed to Professor Nicole Guidotti-Hernández (512-471-4557 or