*Applications Closed for 2020

The Inter-University Program for Latino Research is now accepting applications for the IUPLR/UIC Mellon Fellowship Program (academic year 2020-21). 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 includes a $25,000 stipend, participation in an intensive summer institute, a structured writing program, faculty mentorship, and ongoing professionalization support.


Affiliation with one of our participating centers (listed below).

Approval by the Director of their IUPLR-affiliated center before they apply to assess eligibility. Directors must send an email of recognition to the program coordinator before the deadline.

Advancement to candidacy (ABD status with defended proposal) in a humanities or a humanities-adjacent discipline. Applicants must have completed a significant portion of the dissertation and anticipate defending at the end of the fellowship year.

Planning to pursue an academic career in teaching and/or research.

Be enrolled at their home institution while foregoing other employment during the fellowship year.

Must be able to attend a one-week IUPLR/Mellon Summer Institute in the summer of 2020 (dates TBA), present at forthcoming Latino Studies conference, and take part in a year-long structured mentorship and writing program.

IUPLR will select fellows through six designated research centers:

  • The Center for Mexican American Studies and the Department of Mexican American and Latina/o Studies at the University of Texas at Austin
  • The Center for Mexican American Studies at the University of Houston
  • The Chicano Studies Research Center at UCLA
  • The Dominican Studies Institute at CUNY
  • The Center for Puerto Rican Studies at CUNY
  • The Latin American and Latino Studies Program at the University of Illinois at Chicago

To apply, please submit the following materials by January 30th (12:00 PST):

  • CV
  • Cover letter that describes your dissertation, timeline to completion and your professional goals
  • Completed chapters compiled into a single PDF. Include as a cover page a one page outline with chapter titles, brief chapter summaries, and percentages of each chapter completed. If you do not have any completed, you may just submit the outline.
  • Two recommendation letters  (one from the applicant’s dissertation chair and a Latina/o Studies faculty member) sent to jlboles@uic.edu
  • Email of recognition from the Director of the IUPLR center at the applicant’s home institution sent to jlboles@uic.edu.