Fund:

Latin American Doctoral Field Research Endowed Fellowship Fund

Department:

CHASS Dean's Office Dept D01008

Purpose:

Graduate Student Support

Fund Purpose: The fund will provide fellowship assistance for doctoral student dissertation field research in Latin America for UC Riverside students, residing under the purview of CHASS.

Eff: 12/31/2021 - True endowment converted from endowment intent #6I0129.


BACKGROUND:
As its mission, the Latino and Latin American Studies Research Center (Center) seeks to study the complex constellation of cultures, racial groups, ethnicities, and experiences of Latinos and Latin Americans as part of a broader social and historical totality. The Center embraces inter- and trans-disciplinary approaches that center the knowledges, histories, and struggles of historically marginalized communities as foundational to our intellectual program. It seeks to produce rigorous research that transcends the boundaries of Chicano Studies and Latin American Studies paradigms in order to make a practical intervention in the Inland Empire’s Latino communities, as well as those across the United States and in Latin America.

The Center serves as the intellectual center of gravity for research for over 60 faculty members that work in, or at the intersection of, Latino and Latin American Studies at UCR. The Center fosters intellectual community through world-class programming and providing resources for research to faculty, graduate and undergraduate students through grants, workshops, research working groups, retreats, symposia, writing sessions, theory workshops, post-docs, dissertation fellowships, and conferences. The Center is associated with the flagship journal Latin American Perspectives and the book series Subaltern Latina/o Politics with Oxford University Press. It is the first research center of its kind on a Southern California-based UC campus, and it seeks to advance an emergent
hemispheric approach to understanding both Latinos in the United States and people and
processes in Latin America and the Caribbean as part of a broader social and historical
totality. The goal of the Center is to establish UCR as a leader in the hemispheric debates
about Latinos, Latin America and the Caribbean and to train the next generation of
leaders and scholars that will critically shape our understanding of the hemisphere through this pathbreaking lens.

The Center is made possible with the support of a $2.9-million-dollar Mellon grant, Latinx Futures: The Civil, Cultural and Political Stakes for Southern California Latinx Communities, led by Principal Investigator (PI) and Associate professor Alfonso Gonzales Toribio and Co-PI and Assistant Professor Claudia Holguin-Mendoza, and a $1 million-dollar endowed chair provided by Emeritus Professor Ronald H. Chilcote. Its founding, however, is ultimately part of a 60-year struggle to build up Latin American Studies at UCR, commencing with the founding of the Latin American Studies Program in 1964.


General Purpose:
This Fund shall be used to provide fellowship assistance for doctoral student dissertation field research in Latin America for UC Riverside students, residing under the purview of CHASS.


Criteria and Selection Process:
Doctoral students will be selected for support from the Fund by the Director of the Center and the Center’s Advisory Board, with advisement and approval of the Dean, based on financial need and academic performance (GPA at 3.0 or above). These fellowships may be awarded on a quarterly basis, including summer quarter.

In years when there is no candidate who meets the criteria, awards will be held until the following year.