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2016 - 2017 Visiting Fellows Program

UC San Diego’s Center for U.S.-Mexican Studies (USMEX) at the School of Global Policy and Strategy (GPS) hosts the largest residential fellowship program in the U.S. for research on Mexico and U.S.-Mexico relations. Each year the program brings together top scholars from the social sciences, humanities and related fields to form a multi-disciplinary cohort of researchers.

Application Overview

Applications are accepted from Ph.D. candidates who are ABD and have completed a substantial portion of their dissertations, post-docs and professors on sabbatical. In particular, we encourage University of California graduate students to apply to the program. Post-doctoral students are strongly encouraged to apply simultaneously for funding from UCMEXUS.

Residential periods must be between four and nine months in duration, and may not be over the summer months (June – August). Stipends average $22,500 for the academic year and are determined by University of California general policies and funding availability. You must be concurrently enrolled at your home university to receive a fellowship stipend, except in the case of post-docs.

Awards have been given in the past supporting research on contemporary Mexico, Mexican history, U.S.-Mexico relations, and comparative studies with a substantial Mexico component. Priority will be given to proposals that are relevant to public policy. USMEX is interested in receiving applications on a wide variety of topics, but we also have a specific interest in research that analyzes the challenges posed by global forms of criminality. Research projects with a focus on the relationship among Mexico, China and the U.S. are also encouraged to apply. Applications from Mexican scholars are particularly welcome.

Application Process

The application cycle for the 2016-2017 academic year has closed. For those interested in applying for 2017–18 (September 2017– June 2018), the call for letters of intent will be released by August 2016.

The Center asks that applicants submit a one page letter of intent describing the work you plan to complete while in residence. Letters are to be submitted to gmallinger@ucsd.edu.


Greg Mallinger
(858) 822-1696

Maurice Magana

"The intellectual community allowed me the opportunity to engage leading scholars in my field as well as exchange ideas with young scholars and advance my way of thinking."

—Maurice Magaña, 2012 – 2013 Fellow