2017-18 Call for applications

The Inter-University Program for Latino Research is now accepting applications for the IUPLR/Mellon Fellowship Program (academic year 2017-18). The program supports ABD 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, job market support, and mentoring for students who will graduate in Spring 2018. The fellowship includes a $25,000 stipend and travel support to attend IUPLR conferences and a required two-week summer institute in Chicago.

With support from the Andrew G. Mellon Foundation, IUPLR will select fellows through five designated research centers. Applicants must be affiliated with the following centers to be eligible:  

The Center for Mexican American Studies and the Department of Mexican American and Latina/o Studies at the University of Texas-Austin
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


Applications will only be accepted from PhD candidates at CUNY, UCLA, UIC, and UT-Austin. Applicants must apply through the IUPLR center at their home institution and are required to meet with the director as soon as possible to receive a letter of recognition. Applicants must have advanced to candidacy (ABD status) by May 1st of 2017 and be completing a Latina/o Studies dissertation in the humanities or in a humanities-adjacent discipline. Finally, applicants should be planning to pursue a career in teaching 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 Sixth Biennial SIGLO XXI conference in San Antonio, Texas on May 17-19, 2017 and the IUPLR/Mellon Summer Institute in July or early August in Chicago. Fellowship stipends will begin June 15, 2016.


Submit the following materials to the online application portal by FEBRUARY 15th. Please note that your home institution may have an earlier internal deadline. 

  • CV

  • Dissertation Prospectus (if applicable).  

  • A detailed table of contents and any completed chapters.

  • A writing plan that demonstrates ability to defend dissertation during fellowship year.

Submit to the Mellon Program Coordinator: jlboles@uic.edu

  • Recommendation letters from the applicant’s dissertation chair and a Latina/o Studies faculty member

  • Email of recognition sent from the Director of the IUPLR center at the applicant’s home institution.


Please see the IUPLR/Mellon website for more information about the program. All queries should be directed to the Mellon coordinator, Dr. Jennifer Boles, jlboles@uic.edu.