The University of Texas at Austin Latino Research Initiative

IQRMI-ADS Frequently Asked Questions



When does IQRMI-ADS take place?

In 2020, IQRMI-ADS will take place Sunday, June 21 thru Friday, June 26.

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.

Where does IQRMI-ADS take place?

IQRMI-ADS takes place at the University of Texas at Austin campus in Austin, Texas.

What does it cost?

The cost of participating in IQRMI-ADS is $900, which includes tuition, lodging, and meals (breakfast, lunch, snacks — not dinner). Transportation costs, including a UT parking permit, are not included. 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 travel and other forms of graduate student support early in the application process.

Is this a writing retreat?

No, this is not a writing retreat. However, you will have opportunities to write every day:

  • Morning writing group
  • Evening writing session (6:15-7:00p)
  • Later in the evening, you may also continue writing in the Peter T. Flawn Academic Center, located about one block from the program meeting room and open 24 hours

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.

Will lodging be provided?

Yes! Participants are housed on campus in the Duren Residence Hall about 2 blocks from the program location: 

  • Two participants per room  
  • Beds are twin-size  
  • Each room has a private bathroom 
  • Towel service is provided (daily towel and small soap bar) 
  • Each room has a micro fridge 
  • Rooms provide linens (fitted sheet, top sheet, light blanket, pillow, pillowcase) 
  • Guests should bring their preferred blanket/pillow 
  • Not provided: personal toiletries, hair dryer, clothing iron 
Duren is located at 2624 Whitis Ave., Austin, TX 78705 which is 0.3 mile (6-minute walk) from the site of the Institute (210 W. 24th St., Austin, TX 78705).

If I'm a UT student, may I stay in the participant accommodations?

Yes, if a room is available after accommodating out-of-town guests, UT students may stay in the accommodations.

Is campus parking available?

Yes. Parking in UT's San Antonio Garage which is close to the program location at GWB and costs $18/day, payable upon exiting the garage. If you leave your car in the garage throughout the week, you will pay $108 ($18/day x 6 days). If you want to use your car during the week, you must pay when exiting the garage and pull another ticket when you return.

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.

Is childcare provided?

Unfortunately, at this time we do not offer childcare.

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.

How can I get to UT Austin?

The University of Texas at Austin campus is located approximately 12 miles (25-minute drive) from the Austin-Bergstrom International Airport.

What are the dining options near campus while I am at the Institute?

There are many dining options near the lodging and Institute location to meet a variety of food and cost preferences. Visit to view options.

Are there any study spaces available near/on campus I can work at while I am at the Institute?

Near campus, there are plenty of coffee shops that can serve as study spaces. On campus, libraries are open to everyone to use with some restrictions- please see for more information.

Is there a campus map?

Yes. Please visit:

Will I have access to Wi-Fi?

Yes. We will provide a code that you may use on up to 4 devices throughout the UT campus.

Are meals provided?

We will provide continental breakfast at the program site or you may get breakfast on your own. We will provide lunch Monday – Friday. Dinner is on your own except the Welcome Dinner on Sunday and a group dinner on Tuesday. We will provide a beverage station (water, coffee, tea) all day Monday – Friday. We will provide healthy snacks in the afternoon.

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.



For more information and to apply, visit the IQRMI-ADS Application.
Scholars who are Mexican American, African American, Native American, Puerto Rican, or from other socially and economically disadvantaged groups are encouraged to apply.

For inquiries about IQRMI-ADS, contact