The Ph.D. Program in History

at the Graduate Center of the City University of New York


January 8 Call for Applicants: IUPLR Mellon Fellowships

The Inter-University Program for Latino Research is now accepting applications for the IUPLR/Mellon Fellowship Program (academic year 2016-17). 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 2017.

With support from the Andrew G. Mellon Foundation, IUPLR will select fellows through five 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 Chicano Studies Research Center at UCLA
  • The CUNY Dominican Studies Institute, The City College of New York
  • Centro de Estudios Puertorriqueños at Hunter College, CUNY
  • The Latin American and Latino Studies Program at the University of Illinois at

The fellowship includes a $25,000 stipend and travel support to attend IUPLR conferences and a required two-week summer institute in Chicago. Matriculation fees and health insurance will be paid by the home institution, provided that the fellow is in residence.
Applications will only be accepted from PhD candidates enrolled at UT-Austin, UCLA, CUNY, and UIC. Applicants will be considered by the IUPLR center at their home institution (see list above).
Applicants must have advanced to candidacy (ABD status) and be completing a Latina/o Studies dissertation in the humanities or in a humanities-adjacent discipline. Applications will not be accepted from candidates who have not yet defended their dissertation proposal. As this is a dissertation completion fellowship, all applicants should already have a significant portion of the dissertation drafted. 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.

  • When applying, please prepare a dossier of the following materials:
    A cover letter listing your name, university, department, the month and year that
    you advanced to candidacy (reached ABD status), the name and year of any
    dissertation completion fellowships you have already had (both internal and
    external), and a 50-word description of your project’s relationship and significance
    to the humanities.
  • CV
  • Dissertation Prospectus, including chapter outlines
  • Completed chapters (preferably 2-3)
  • Writing plan that demonstrates ability to defend dissertation during fellowship
  • Recommendation letters from the dissertation chair and a Latina/o Studies faculty
    member. The letter from the dissertation chair should confirm that the applicant
    has defended the proposal and will be able to graduate by Spring 2017. Letters
    must be sent directly to the contact person below by the recommenders, not the

You should send your dossier of materials in either Word or PDF form, preferably as a
single document. If your materials contain images please send a zip file.
Application materials must arrive by January 8, 2016.
Decisions will be made by January 29, 2016.
Selected fellows will attend the Latino Art Now! Conference in Chicago, April 7-9
Fellows will attend the IUPLR/Mellon Summer Institute in Chicago, June 2016
Fellowship stipends will begin June 15, 2016.


Send all queries and application materials (Word or PDF) to the IUPLR/Mellon program
coordinator, Dr. Meghan Marie Hammond (, AND the appropriate
IUPLR Center director(s). See below for contact information specific to each eligible
IUPLR Center:
Ramona Hernández, Ph.D.

Ph.D. Edwin Meléndez, Ph.D.