Apply for a Dissertation Fellowship in US Latino Literature

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The Center for Mexican American Studies Is Now Accepting Applications for a Dissertation Fellowship in US Latino Literature Funded by the Andrew W. Mellon Foundation, 2018-2019


The Center for Mexican American Studies at the University of Houston is now accepting applications for the IUPLR/Mellon Fellowship Program (academic year 2018-19) funded by the Andrew W. Mellon Foundation. The program supports doctoral students in the humanities who are writing dissertations in Latina/o studies. The fellowship at the University of Houston specifically supports doctoral students writing their dissertation on a theme related to US Latino Humanities. The fellowship facilitates completion of the dissertation and provides professional development, writing support, and mentoring from Latina/o faculty members. The fellowship includes a $25,000 stipend, participation in an intensive summer institute in Chicago, and professionalization and writing workshops and programs.

For more information about the program, please see the program website:


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 Latina/o 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 must be able to attend the IUPLR/Mellon Summer Institute in summer 2018 (dates TBA) in Chicago, participate in fall job market workshops and take part in a structured writing program.

IUPLR will select fellows through six designated research centers:


To apply, please submit the following materials to the online application portal by January 30th or by the deadline specified by your home institution  

  • CV
  • Cover Letter that describes your dissertation, progress to completion and professional goals
  • One page strategic writing plan that demonstrates ability to finish and defend dissertation during fellowship year
  • Dissertation Prospectus
  • Completed chapters compiled in a single PDF. The cover page should be a one-page dissertation outline indicating percentages of each chapter completed.
  • Two recommendation letters (one from the applicant’s dissertation chair and another from a Latina/o Studies faculty member) sent to the program coordinator
  • Letter of recognition from the Director of the IUPLR center at the applicant’s home institution sent to the program coordinator


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