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2015-2016 Scholars Program

As the largest residential fellowship program in the U.S. for research on Mexico and U.S.-Mexico relations, each year the program brings together scholars from the social sciences, history, and related fields.

Application Overview

Visiting Fellows are expected to be PhD candidates who are ABD and have completed a substantial portion of their dissertations. In particular we encourage University of California graduate students to apply to the program.

Residential periods must be between 4 and 9 months in duration, and may not be over the summer months (July – September).

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.

Awards have been given in the past supporting research on contemporary Mexico, Mexican history, and U.S.-Mexico relations. Comparative studies with a substantial Mexico component are also encouraged. Priority will be given to proposals that are relevant to public policy. Proposals from Mexican scholars are particularly encouraged.

Application Process

The Center will only accept applications via the online website. You will need to upload the following supporting documents as PDF files:

  1. A complete and up-to-date curriculum vitae
  2. An abstract of proposed research project (250 word maximum)
  3. A research proposal (3,000 word maximum)
  4. A copy of your publication(s) or unpublished paper(s) that relate directly to the proposed research project (up to three)
  5. Letters of recommendation (three)

The deadline for applications is Thursday, Jan. 15, 2014.

Other Applicant Types

Visiting Professors: the Center has a limited amount of funding for faculty researchers from other institutions to be in residence during their sabbatical leave. Please contact Melissa Floca by January 1, 2015 to express interest and for further information.

Postdoctoral Applicants: we no longer offer postdoctoral fellowships but invite you to visit the UCMEXUS website to learn about the postdoctoral funding opportunities offered by UCMEXUS/CONACYT. If this funding is obtained, the Center may facilitate your research stay.


January 15, 2015


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Greg Mallinger
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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, 2012-13 Fellow