The Inter-University Program for Latino Research is now accepting applications for the IUPLR/UIC Mellon Fellowship Program (academic year 2021-22 pending funding). This is a comprehensive program that provides financial, writing, and professionalization support to doctoral students in the humanities who are writing dissertations in Latino studies. The fellowship includes a $25,000 stipend, participation in an intensive summer institute and an academic conference (both subject to change depending on the COVID pandemic), a year-long structured writing program, outside faculty mentorship, and ongoing professionalization support.

The funding cycle is closed for 2021-22. Please check back in November or email jlboles@uic.edu for questions. 

Eligibility and Requirements 

  • 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.
  • 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 must forego other employment during the year.
  • Fellows must be affiliated with the six designated research centers listed below.
  • Selected fellows are required to attend the IUPLR/Mellon Summer Institute in the summer of 2021 (may be online or hybrid format due to Covid-19), attend and present in a Latino Studies conference (pending), and take part in a year-long highly 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 in PDF format* by Feb. 15, 2021 to the online portal: https://mfp.lals.uic.edu/apply

  • CV
  • A one-page statement (single spaced, 11-12 point font, Times New Roman or similar, 1 inch margins) that describes your dissertation, timeline to completion, your professional goals, and how you would benefit from the program.
  • All completed 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 may just submit the projected outline.
  • Two recommendation letters (one from the applicant’s dissertation chair) emailed to jlboles@uic.edu.
  • Email of recognition sent to the Mellon Coordinator from the Director of the IUPLR center at the applicant’s home institution sent to jlboles@uic.edu. Applicants are required to meet with the director of their center before they apply to assess eligibility and obtain an email of recognition to submit with their materials.

*Please label each document with your last name, first initial, and item: [LastnameFirstInitial_CV]

Application Form 2021-22