Department of Mexican American and Latina/o Studies
Department of Mexican American and Latina/o Studies

Internal Graduate Fellowships


Call for Applicants
IUPLR-Mellon Fellowships

The Inter-University Program for Latino Research is now accepting applications for the IUPLR/Mellon Fellowship Program (academic year 2017–18). The program supports ABD doctoral students in the humanities who are writing dissertations in Latina/o studies. Doctoral students in the social sciences whose research uses humanities methods may also be considered. The fellowship facilitates completion of the dissertation and provides professional development, job market support, and mentoring for students who will graduate in Spring 2018.

With support from the Andrew G. Mellon Foundation, IUPLR will select fellows through five designated research centers:

  • The Center for Mexican American Studies and Department of Mexican American and Latina/o Studies at the University of Texas at Austin
  • The Chicano Studies Research Center at UCLA
  • The CUNY Dominican Studies Institute
  • Centro de Estudios Puertorriqueños at CUNY
  • The Latin American and Latino Studies Program at the University of Illinois at Chicago

The fellowship includes a $25,000 stipend and travel support to attend IUPLR conferences and a required two-week summer institute in Chicago. Matriculation fees and health insurance will be paid by the home institution, provided that the fellow is in residence. 

Who is eligible?

Applications will only be accepted from Ph.D. candidates enrolled at UT Austin, UCLA, CUNY, and UIC. Applicants will be considered by the IUPLR affiliated unit at their home institution (see list above).

Applicants must have advanced to candidacy (ABD status) and be completing a Latina/o Studies dissertation in the humanities or in a humanities-adjacent discipline. Applications will not be accepted from candidates who have not yet defended their dissertation proposal. As this is a dissertation completion fellowship, all applicants should already have a significant portion of the dissertation drafted. Finally, applicants should be planning to pursue a career in teaching or research.

During the fellowship year, students must be enrolled at their home institution. Fellows will be expected to forego other employment during the year.

Application Materials

  1. Curriculum Vitae;
  2. Dissertation Prospectus, including chapter outlines;
  3. Completed chapters (preferably 2-3);
  4. Writing plan that demonstrates ability to defend dissertation during fellowship year; and
  5. Recommendation letters from the dissertation chair and a Latina/o Studies faculty member. The letter from the dissertation chair should confirm that the applicant has defended the proposal and will be able to graduate by Spring 2018. Letters must be sent directly to the contact person below by the recommenders, not the applicant.

Deadlines and Important Dates:

  • Application materials must arrive by (deadline to be announced).
  • Fellows will attend the IUPLR/Mellon Summer Institute in Chicago, June 2017 (mandatory).
  • Fellowship stipends will begin June 15, 2017.
  • Send all queries and application materials by (deadline to be announced) to Natasha Saldaña (nvs@austin.utexas.edu) and the IUPLR/Mellon program coordinator, Dr. Jennifer Boles (jlboles@uic.edu). Late applications will not be considered.

Please direct UT Austin IUPLR-Mellon Fellowship inquires to:

Dr. Karma R. Chávez, Director of Graduate Studies, Department of Mexican American and Latina/o Studies at The University of Texas at Austin
karma.chavez@utexas.edu

Natasha Saldaña, Senior Academic Coordinator, Department of Mexican American and Latina/o Studies at The University of Texas at Austin
nvs@austin.utexas.edu


MALS Dissertation Fellowship

The MALS Dissertation Fellowship is intended to support a graduate student completing a doctoral dissertation (Ph.D./Ed.D.) at The University of Texas at Austin for one academic year. The award includes funding for the fall and spring semesters.  The award cannot be renewed for a second year.  The recipient of the MALS Dissertation Fellowships must demonstrate superior qualifications and be completing a doctoral dissertation (Ph.D./Ed.D.) that is consistent with the scholarly aims of the Department of Mexican American and Latina/o Studies. This is a completion fellowship. The award requires that the recipient be enrolled in the Graduate Portfolio Program in Mexican American and Latina/o Studies.

The MALS Dissertation Fellowship includes a stipend provided by in the amount of $20,000 allocated in nine monthly payments beginning September 1, 2017 and ending May 1, 2018.  MALS will also pay for tuition and fees for the fall semester 2017 and spring semester 2018.  Finally, the award includes a supplement that can be used to purchase health insurance.  This award cannot be held with other assistance provided by MALS, The University of Texas at Austin, or any other outside resource. This award is subject to the income reporting policies of The University of Texas at Austin.

A complete application will consist of the following items:

  1. Letter of Application (submitted by the student summarizing the dissertation topic and outlining the anticipated schedule for completion of the dissertation);
  2. Letter from the Dissertation Committee Chair (supporting the application and verifying the anticipated schedule for completion of the dissertation);
  3. Curriculum Vitae;
  4. Completed dissertation chapters (preferably 2-3); and
  5. MALS Financial Assistance Form.

The EXTENDED application deadline is 5:00 p.m. on January 2, 2017.


MALS Borderlands Fellowship

The MALS Borderlands Fellowship supports the professional development of a graduate student completing a doctoral dissertation (Ph.D./Ed.D.) at The University of Texas at Austin for one academic year.  The award includes funding for the fall and spring semesters.  The award cannot be renewed for a second year.  The recipient of the MALS Borderlands Fellowship must demonstrate superior qualifications and be at the point of completing a doctoral dissertation (Ph.D./Ed.D.) that is consistent with the scholarly aims of the Department of Mexican American and Latina/o Studies. The award requires that the student be enrolled in the Graduate Portfolio Program in Mexican American and Latina/o Studies. 

The recipient must be near the completion of his/her doctoral dissertation project but must not have submitted the dissertation to the Graduate School for final review or applied for graduation.  The recipient is expected to use the fellowship award to support work toward the development of a conference paper or publishable article.  The recipient will teach one class in the 2017-2018 academic year and will give a public lecture based on the work undertaken during the fellowship.

The MALS Borderlands Fellowship includes a stipend provided by MALS in the amount of $10,000 allocated over the course of the fall semester 2017.  MALS will also pay for tuition and fees for this semester and include funds for the purchase of health insurance.  The recipient will then be appointed at an assistant instructor for the spring semester 2018.  The recipient must be eligible hold an appointment as an assistant instructor, which includes having accumulated the required experience as a teaching assistant and having credit for a 398T supervised teaching course. The recipient will teach one lower-division undergraduate course, which may either be designed by the student or a course offered by MALS on a regular basis. The recipient will also receive a supplemental award that will raise the total stipend for the spring semester 2018 to $20,000.

The MALS Borderlands Fellowship cannot be held with other assistance provided by MALS, The University of Texas at Austin, or any outside resource. This award is subject to the income reporting policies of The University of Texas at Austin.

A complete application will consist of the following items:

  1. Letter of Application (submitted by the student summarizing the dissertation topic and outlining the anticipated schedule for completion of the dissertation, along with a proposed defense date);
  2. Letter from the Dissertation Committee Chair (supporting the application and verifying that the applicant will be working toward the development of a conference paper or publishable article);
  3. Curriculum Vitae;
  4. Course Description (for a lower-division MAS undergraduate course);
  5. Completed dissertation chapters (preferably 3-4); and
  6. MALS Financial Assistance Form.

The EXTENDED application deadline is 5:00 p.m. on January 2, 2017.

All application and financial assistance materials must be submitted to:

Natasha Saldaña, Senior Academic Coordinator
Department of Mexican American and Latina/o Studies
The University of Texas at Austin
GWB 2.102D, Stop F9200
Austin, Texas 78712

Questions regarding the application process and financial assistance for graduate students can be directed to Natasha Saldaña at (512) 471-2134 or nvs@austin.utexas.edu.

Please note that all fellowships are awarded through a merit-based, competitive evaluation process. Priority will be given to students enrolled in graduate degree programs in the Department of Mexican American and Latina/o Studies.