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Visiting Fellows Program

2023-24 Call for Applications

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. In the 2023-24 academic year, we also invite scholars in the biomedical and sociobehavioral sciences to study the human immunodeficiency virus (HIV) in the San Diego Center for AIDS Research (SD CFAR). 

Application Overview

Applications are accepted from Ph.D. candidates who are ABD and have completed a substantial portion of their dissertations. Professors on sabbatical are also welcome to apply. You must be concurrently enrolled/employed at your home university to receive a fellowship stipend.

Residential periods must be between three and nine months in duration beginning in Sept. 2023 or Jan. 2024. Fellowships may not be over the summer months (July – August). Stipends average $1,000/month for visiting professors and $3,000/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 scientifically and/or policy-relevant, show a feasible plan of action, and/or will contribute toward a better understanding of Mexico and/or U.S.-Mexico relations. Scholars who wish to expand their knowledge of HIV in Mexico and between Mexico and the U.S. are encouraged to apply. Online information sessions with SD CFAR members will be scheduled. Applications from Mexican scholars are strongly encouraged. 

Non-resident Fellows

The center is also accepting letters of intent from former USMEX Fellows who want to participate as non-resident scholars. Non-resident fellows would commit to one quarter of participation starting in either Sept. 2023 or Jan. 2024. They would be required to fulfill the same responsibilities as resident fellows. Non-resident fellows are unpaid but would receive a travel stipend to present their research seminar in person. Please indicate in your letter of intent that you applying to be non-residential.

Application Process

The center asks that applicants submit a one-page letter of intent describing the work you plan to complete while in residence. Please indicate in the first paragraph of your letter if you would like to be a non-residential fellow. Letters should be submitted to The deadline for the letters is Wednesday, Oct. 26, 2022. Applicants will be notified by Thursday, Nov. 10, 2022, if they are invited to submit a full application for a fellowship during the 2023-24 academic year. 

For more information, visit or contact Greg Mallinger at:

Application Deadline:

Wednesday, Oct. 26, 2022


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