The Inter-University Program for Latino Research is now accepting applications for the IUPLR/UIC Mellon Fellowship Program (academic year 2019-20). The program supports doctoral students in the humanities who are writing dissertations in Latina/o studies. Doctoral students in the social sciences whose research uses humanities methods may also be considered. The fellowship facilitates completion of the dissertation and provides professional development, writing support, and mentoring from faculty members. The fellowship includes a $25,000 stipend, participation in an intensive summer institute in Chicago, and professionalization and writing workshops and programs.

Applicants are required to meet with the director of their center before they apply to assess eligibility and obtain a letter of recognition to submit with their application. Applicants must have advanced to candidacy (ABD status with defended proposal) and be completing a Latino Studies dissertation in the humanities or in a humanities-adjacent discipline. Applicants should already have a significant portion of the dissertation drafted and anticipate defending their dissertation by the end of the fellowship year. Finally, applicants should be planning to pursue an academic career in teaching and/or research. 

During the fellowship year, students must be enrolled at their home institution. Fellows will be expected to forego other employment during the year. Selected fellows are required to attend the one-week IUPLR/Mellon Summer Institute in late summer 2019 in Chicago (July 7-13), attend and present at IUPLR conferences (in select years), and take part in a structured writing program and weekly check-ins with their cohort.


Deadline: Jan. 30th

Please direct any questions to the Mellon Program Coordinator, Dr. Jennifer Boles, at

Mellon Fellows Program Application 2019-20

  • Maximum 300 words
  • Please give a BRIEF summary of your dissertation, including title, argument, intervention, and stage of completion (max 400 words).
  • Accepted file types: pdf.
    Please label document: LastName_CV
    Allowed file extensions - .PDF.
  • Accepted file types: pdf.
    Cover letter should describe your dissertation, professional goals, and timeline to completion. Please label document: LastName_CoverLetter
    Allowed file extensions - .pdf.
  • Accepted file types: pdf.
    Please include COMPLETED chapters merged as a single PDF file. Include a one-page outline as a cover page with titles, brief descriptions, and percentages of each chapter completed. If you do not have any chapters completed, you may just submit the outline. If you have trouble uploading due to file size restrictions, include a link to download. Please label document LastName_Chapters
    Allowed file extensions - .pdf.
  • Required Letters * Required