The Teresa Lozano Long Institute of Latin American Studies (LLILAS) has announced a new annual fellowship to graduate students at The University of Texas at Austin to conduct summer research in Mexico. The Alejandro Junco Scholarships for the Study of U.S.-Mexico Social Problems were created to encourage students from the United States and Mexico to work together to explore solutions to some of the region’s most pressing social issues.
Scholarship recipients will spend eight to 10 weeks in Mexico carrying out research with students in Mexico. Some of the issues they will address will include migration, education, corruption and drug-related violence.
In the fall the student pairs will present their findings at a LLILAS seminar to faculty advisers, fellow students and experts in the field. Students are encouraged to come up with innovative, practical solutions to the problems they are studying that will have a direct impact in the communities in which they have worked.
Alejandro Junco, supporter of the scholarship, is a prominent newspaper publisher from Monterry, Mexico, who holds a degree in journalism from The University of Texas at Austin. He is widely known in Mexico for his efforts to raise journalistic standards there and to bring greater transparency to government.