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2017-18 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, postdoctoral students and professors on sabbatical. In particular, we encourage University of California graduate students to apply to the program. Postdoctoral students from Mexico are strongly encouraged to apply simultaneously for funding from UC MEXUS and/or CONACYT.

Residential periods must be between four and nine months in duration beginning in September 2017 or January 2018. Fellowships may not be over the summer months (July – August).

Stipends average between $10,000 to $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 postdoctoral students.

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. Applications from Mexican scholars are particularly welcome.

Open Calls

The Center for U.S.-Mexican Studies (USMEX) in collaboration with UC San Diego's Big Pixel Initiative (BPI), has extended the deadline for the call for a postdoctoral student interested in geographic and spatial questions in the San Diego-Tijuana border region. Applicants would be required to start in early 2017 and are expected to contribute to the development of spatial analysis methods in conjunction with BPI and to address substantive questions of interest in the border region related to the energy-water-food nexus.

The deadline to apply is Jan. 20, 2017 and interested candidates should submit a CV, a summary of current research and a one-page letter of interest to usmex-applications@ucsd.edu. Applicants must be Mexican nationals.


Greg Mallinger
(858) 822-1696

Romeo Guzman

“The USMEX fellowship provided me the space and time to complete my dissertation and to be part of a group of scholars committed to thinking about citizenship, justice and our collective future.”

— Romeo Guzman, 2015–16 Fellow