Non-citizenship: 2016-17 Andrew W. Mellon Graduate Student Fellowships

Refugees Welcome, Freiburg, Germany. Photo by Jacquelyn Powell.

The Chicano Latino Research Center at the University of California, Santa Cruz (UCSC), invites applications for a one-year Graduate Fellowship as a part of Non-citizenship, a year-long Andrew W. Mellon Foundation John E. Sawyer Seminar on the Comparative Study of Culture under the direction of Professor Catherine S. Ramírez.  We welcome applications from PhD candidates in any discipline or field in the arts, humanities, or humanistic social sciences at UCSC who study migration, mobility, and/or (non-)citizenship in any region of the world or period.

The Non-citizenship Sawyer Seminar is a year-long series of events rethinking the categories of citizen and non-citizen, their connections, and their fissures.  The seminar’s primary goal will be to foster a dialogue about belonging and rights, to shed light on the historical development of the category of the non-citizen, and to produce knowledge for a world being remade by human mobility.  The successful candidate will be expected to carry out original research, independently or in collaboration with faculty, students, or visiting scholars affiliated with the CLRC and units with which we collaborate. Awardees will also be expected to participate in seminar activities with faculty, students, and visiting scholars, such as workshops, film screenings, lectures, and colloquia.

This Graduate Fellowship provides PhD candidates in the arts, humanities, and humanistic social sciences with much needed time and resources to pursue their research and exercise leadership both within the University and in the public sphere. The CLRC serves as an incubator for new ideas and provides crucial support to students at every stage of the research process. One of our key functions is to identify promising graduate students and to help them become productive researchers through mentorship programs, fellowships, and internship opportunities.

Deadline:  5:00pm PST, Friday, February 19, 2016

Award Includes:  $24,000 stipend ($7,000 per quarter, plus $3,000 for a summer semester) and in-state tuition fees and health insurance.  We will award two advanced PhD students at UCSC over 2016-17.

Fellowship recipients are expected to devote themselves to writing during the time of the award (AY 2016-17), and not to hold teaching assistantships or other employment. The applications will be evaluated for academic excellence, as well as the likelihood of completion according to the proposed schedule. Fellows are required to present their work during the Sawyer Seminar, hosted by the CLRC and IHR during the 2016-17 academic year. Partial-year awards are not permitted.


a) Be an advanced PhD candidate enrolled in a graduate program in the Humanities, Social Sciences, or Arts Divisions at UCSC; applicants will have taken their Qualifying Exams and advanced to candidacy before the application deadline;

b) Be within normative time and in good academic standing;

c) Be enrolled for at least five credits of graduate-level coursework. Students are ineligible to apply while on leave.


1. Letter of application describing the current status of dissertation research, with a detailed timetable for completion by June 2017;

2. Brief statement of previous and current awards and grants (award and grant titles, dates, and amounts);

3. Summary of the dissertation project (no more than 3 pages), contextualizing the significance of the project for people who are not in their field of study;

4. Annotated Bibliography, 8-10 works related to dissertation;

5. One-page curriculum vitae;

6. Letter of support from the faculty advisor evaluating the student’s academic work to date, addressing the student’s timetable for completion, verifying that they are within normative time and in good academic standing.

Please submit applications electronically to

Advisors should send the letters directly to

Questions? Please contact Catherine Ramírez, Director of the CLRC at

Click here for a PDF of the Call for Applications.