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Applications are due January 31, 2023

The Inter-University Program for Latino Research is now accepting applications for the IUPLR/UIC Mellon Fellowship Program for the 2023-24 academic year. This comprehensive fellowship program provides financial, writing, and professionalization support to doctoral students in the humanities who are writing dissertations in Latino/a/x Studies. The fellowship includes a $30,000 stipend, participation in virtual and in-person workshops, travel and participation in an academic conference, a year-long structured writing program, and outside faculty mentorship. Please read more about the mission of the fellowship here: https://mfp.lals.uic.edu.

Eligibility and Requirements 

  • Affiliation with one of the six designated research centers listed below.
  • ABD status with significant writing progress made toward the dissertation and with the intention to complete their dissertation by the end of the fellowship year or shortly thereafter.
  • Research and professional goals are in the field of Latino/a/x Studies and the humanities.
  • Applicants should be planning to pursue an academic career in teaching and/or research.
  • During the fellowship year, students must be enrolled full-time at their home institution. Fellows must forego other employment during the year and plan to focus on completing and defending their dissertation.
  • Applicants must meet with and receive approval from the IUPLR director at their home institution before applying.
  • Selected fellows are required to participate in a series of workshops held virtually in the summer and in-person in the fall (dates and structure TBD), attend and present in a Latino/a/x Studies conference (pending), and take part in a year-long structured mentorship, professionalization, and writing program. Failure to participate in all aspects of the program may result in the loss of funding.

IUPLR will select fellows affiliated with the following six designated research centers:

To apply, please submit the following materials by January 31, 2023 via the form below on this webpage.

  • CV
  • Cover letter that includes: 1) a description of your dissertation and its contributions to Latino/a/x Studies and the broader humanities, 2) your progress to completion with a detailed description of what you have finished already and your plan for finishing during the fellowship year, 3) how the fellowship will help you achieve your goals
  • All completed or advanced in-progress chapters compiled into a single PDF. This must include an annotated outline with chapter titles, brief chapter summaries, and percentages of each chapter completed. If you do not have any chapters completed, you need to submit the projected outline.
  • Two recommendation letters (one from the applicant’s dissertation chair) due by February 15, 2023. They must upload their letters via the form below.
  • Email of recognition by the IUPLR director of your home institution stating they have met with you and approve your intention to apply sent to Mellon Program Coordinator Dr. Deanna Ledezma (dledez2@uic.edu) before the January 31, 2023 deadline.

2023-24 IUPLR/UIC Mellon Fellowship Application Heading link

Applicants must submit their materials via the form below by January 31, 2023.

  • To be eligible to apply for this fellowship, you must be a PhD student at one of the IUPLR-affiliated universities. See the application page for more information.
  • Please use a mobile phone number for travel purposes.
  • We collect these to contact you after the fellowship ends.
  • Accepted file types: pdf.
    Please label document: LastNameFirstInitial_Cover Letter
  • Accepted file types: pdf.
    Please label document: LastNameFirstInitial_CV
  • Accepted file types: pdf.
    Please label each PDF document with LastNameFirstInitial_Chapters All completed or advanced in-progress chapters compiled into a single PDF. This must include an annotated 1-2 page outline with chapter titles, brief chapter summaries, and percentages of each chapter completed. If you do not have any chapters completed, you may just submit the projected outline.
  • One letter writer should be your dissertation advisor. Letter writers should submit their letters on the application main page by February 20th.
  • Additional Materials * Required

Submitting Letters of Recommendation Heading link

Recommenders must submit their letters of recommendation via the form below by February 15, 2023.

  • Name * Required
  • Drop files here or
    Accepted file types: pdf.
    Please submit as a PDF. Label your document with the applicant's last name and first initial and your last name. Example: LOR_TorresR_Jones