The University of Texas at Austin Latino Research Initiative

Latino Research Initiative Fellowship Program

Location: Austin, TX
Closes: December 5, 2017

The Latino Research Initiative in the College of Liberal Arts at The University of Texas at Austin is pleased to announce the Latino Research Initiative Fellowship Program.
We welcome applications from faculty, scholars, public intellectuals, and professional researchers in all disciplines at more advanced stages of their careers with projects that  align with the intellectual orientation of the Latino Research Initiative.

We encourage Fellows to include intersectionality, integrate diverse disciplines, and ask how their research will advance the Latino community. The Initiative intends to support three Research Fellows each year, including one Distinguished Research Fellow.


All Fellows are expected to reside in the Austin area during the period of their appointment (except for vacation periods, holidays, and university breaks). While in residence, Fellows are required to deliver a public lecture and to otherwise actively participate in the intellectual life of the Center for Mexican American Studies, Department of Mexican American and Latina/o Studies, and Latino Research Initiative. Fellows may also be invited to participate in other programming at the University of Texas at Austin. In addition, Fellows are required to acknowledge the support of the Latino Research Initiative and other University resources in any projects or publications that emerge from their time at the University. 

Tenured Faculty

Fellowships for tenured faculty will provide stipends equal to half salary (up to $50,000 per year for Research Fellows; up to $75,000 per year for Distinguished Research Fellow) and are available for the year or pro-rated for the semester. Applicants may combine these fellowships with sabbatical funds, other support from their home institutions or external grants. (Total funds may not exceed annual salary for the year of the fellowship.)

The University of Texas at Austin is unable to pay Fellows' salaries through their home institutions. We are required by university policy to pay Fellows directly. Please note that the Initiative will not provide medical insurance for tenured faculty; applicants are required to make appropriate individual arrangements with their home institutions.

Independent Scholars

Fellowships for independent scholars will provide salaries of $50,000 per year and medical insurance. These fellowships are also available pro-rated for the semester.

Other additional support includes: a moving allowance, office space, and logistical office support.

Applications should be addressed to: Dr. Deborah Parra-Medina, Director of the Latino Research Initiative and submitted online (here). Applications are due by midnight on December 5, 2017.

To apply please submit:

  • Cover letter
  • Research proposal (2 pages)
  • Writing Sample (double-spaced, not to exceed 30 pages in length, or recent published manuscript indicative of current research)
  • Two Letters of Recommendation
  • Curriculum Vitae

For inquiries about this position, contact