Call for Applications: IUPLR/UIC Mellon Fellowship Program, 2020-21

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.
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 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. 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 are required to attend the one-week IUPLR/Mellon Summer Institute in late summer 2020 in Chicago, attend and present at IUPLR conferences (in select years), and take part in a very structured writing program.

IUPLR will select fellow affiliated with the following six designated research centers:

To apply, please submit the following materials by January 30, 2020 to the online portal at
  • 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
  • Email of recognition from the Director of the IUPLR center at the applicant’s home institution sent to 

The fellowship includes a $25,000 stipend, participation in an intensive summer institute, a structured writing program, faculty mentorship, and ongoing professionalization support. For more information and to view the online application, visit

Deadline to apply: January 30, 2020. All queries should be directed to the Mellon coordinator, Dr. Jennifer Boles, UCLA applicants are additionally asked to contact Rebecca Epstein, CSRC assistant director,

Image: 2017-18 Fellowship Cohort