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2020-21 Visiting Fellows Program

The center 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 and professors on sabbatical. You must be concurrently enrolled/employed at your home university to receive a fellowship stipend.

Residential periods must be between four and nine months in duration beginning in September 2020 or January 2021. Fellowships may not be over the summer months (July – August). Stipends average $1,000/month for visiting professors and $2,500/month for pre-doctoral students and are determined by University of California general policies and funding availability.

Priority will be given to proposals that are policy-relevant, show a feasible plan of action, and/or will contribute towards a better understanding of Mexico and/or U.S.-Mexico relations. Applications from Mexican scholars are particularly welcome.

For postdoctoral students who submit a letter of intent, we will select a small group to support in applying to UCMEXUS-CONACYT postdoctoral funding. If you are not eligible to apply to UCMEXUS-CONACYT, but are interested in applying to be a fellow, please contact Greg Mallinger. to discuss. Please note that the center has very limited funding for postdoctoral students and a majority of their funding must come from external sources.

Application Process

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 The deadline for the letters is Wednesday, Oct. 30, 2019. Applicants will be notified by Wednesday, Nov. 13, 2019 if they are invited to submit a full application for a fellowship during the 2020–21 academic year.

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For more information, visit or contact Greg Mallinger.

Application Deadline:

Oct. 30, 2019

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Greg Mallinger
(858) 822-1696

Teresita Rocha 2018-2019 USMEX Fellow

 “The USMEX fellowship provided me protected time to complete my dissertation and a magnificent space where talented colleagues supported me throughout the writing process.”

— Teresita Rocha, 2018-2019 USMEX Fellow