The University of Texas at Austin Latino Research Initiative

IQRMI-ADS Frequently Asked Questions



Where does IQRMI-ADS take place?

In compliance with social-distancing restrictions that have been put into place to prevent the spread of COVID-19, this year's Institute will take place remotely. While the 2021 Institute experience will differ from previous years, we will have a variety of on-demand content, live plenary sessions, small working groups, and individual consultations with core faculty.

When does IQRMI-ADS take place?

In 2021, IQRMI-ADS will take place Monday, June 21 thru Friday, June 25.

Who is eligible to apply?

· Doctoral students who have advanced to candidacy within the last three years. 

· Applicants must have collected data on an intersectional qualitative research project. 

· Applicants must be currently enrolled in an academic program at a U.S. accredited institution.

· Scholars who are Mexican American, African American, Native American, Puerto Rican, or from other socially and economically disadvantaged groups are encouraged to apply.

What does it cost?

The cost of participating in IQRMI-ADS is $600. Selected applicants will receive a link to an online payment system where they can submit registration payment. We encourage applicants to check with their academic departments for graduate student support early in the application process.

Is this a writing retreat?

No, this is not a writing retreat. However, you will have the opportunity to write every day. Participants will meet in small working groups daily to share and receive feedback on their research, establish a daily writing routine, and synthesize the content of daily sessions.


What is your refund/cancellation policy?

Due to the careful planning and coordination of IQRMI-ADS speakers and activities, we cannot refund registration fees in the event a participant cancels. All fees are non-refundable and non-transferable.

What do I need before starting the application?

Be prepared to upload the following documents in PDF format. Each file name should start with your last name.

· Curriculum Vitae.

· Letter of support on official letterhead from your dissertation chair. This letter should confirm that your data will be ready for analysis and interpretation prior to your arrival at IQRMI-ADS.

· Brief biographical statement (150 words or less.)

· Description of your dissertation research project (500 words or less) that addresses the following:

  • The purpose of your dissertation research including a description of how your project integrates critical race theory and intersectionality.
  • The data available to complete analysis and write-up results at IQRMI-ADS. Include a description of the sample and the type of qualitative or mixed methods data, including interviews, focus groups, or observation data collected.
  • The additional skills you seek at IQRMI-ADS that can help you to complete your dissertation.

If my dissertation chair prefers to send the letter of support via email instead of via the online application, is this possible?

Although we prefer to have all application materials uploaded through the online application, we understand some dissertation chairs prefer to send their letter confidentially via email. If this is your chair’s preference, ask her/him to email your letter of support to and include “IQRMI-ADS” and your name in the subject line.

Is financial assistance available?

A limited amount of financial assistance is available. If you require assistance, submit a letter to Dr. Parra-Medina at to explain your request.

Why isn't the application form working?

If you are receiving an error when applying or the application form is not working, email Provide as much detail as possible to describe the issue you are experiencing, including error messages, and we will work with you to resolve the issue.

Do I have to complete the online application in one sitting?

No, but you must click the “Save & Return Later” button every time you leave the application to save your progress. After pressing the button, a new window will pop-up providing you with a return code that is required in order to pick up where you left off. You can also send yourself a survey link to return, but it will not include your return code. Please take note of your return code.