The University of Texas at Austin Latino Research Initiative

Latino Research Institute Fellowship Program

Important: Due to the budgetary impact of the COVID-19 epidemic and the current need for financial prudence, we have decided to pause the Fellowship program for the 2021-2022 academic year. The program will resume the following academic year. Please check back in November 2021 to apply for the 2022-2023 academic year.  

The Latino Research Institute at The University of Texas at Austin provides fellowships in support of its mission to build a community of engaged scholars who produce interdisciplinary research that informs policy and actions to improve the well-being of Mexican Americans and Latina/o communities.


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 Institute.

We encourage applicants to include intersectionality, integrate diverse disciplines, and ask how their research will advance knowledge that sustains healthy and productive environments and promotes social justice for Mexican American and Latina/o communities.

The Institute intends to support up to three Research Fellows each year, including one Distinguished Research Fellow.


  • Reside in Austin area during academic year of appointment.
  • Deliver a public lecture on campus and actively participate in the intellectual life of Latino Studies at the University of Texas at Austin.
  • Acknowledge the support of the Latino Research Institute and other University resources in any projects or publications that emerge from your time at the University of Texas at Austin.

Stipend and Benefits

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). Applicants may combine fellowship funds 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.) Please note that the Institute will not provide health insurance for tenured faculty, who are instead required to make individual arrangements with their home institutions.

Independent Scholars: Fellowships for independent scholars will provide salaries of $50,000 per year and health insurance.

All fellowships also include shared office space, a moving allowance, and logistical office support. 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. 


A complete application will consist of the following materials:

  • Cover Letter—Please address your cover letter to Dr. Deborah Parra-Medina, and indicate if you are applying as tenured faculty or as an independent scholar.
  • Research Proposal (not to exceed 2 single-spaced pages)
  • Writing Sample (not to exceed 30 double-spaced pages)
  • Two Letters of Recommendation
  • Curriculum Vitae

Questions regarding the Latino Research Institute Fellowship Program may be emailed to

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    GWB 2.102
    Austin, Texas 78712