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Graduate Fellowships

The Center for Mexican American Studies offers financial assistance designed to recruit new doctoral students to The University of Texas at Austin, and to help current graduate students complete their studies and go on to successful professional careers. This financial assistance is made possible by President Bill Powers and his commitment to the students, faculty, staff, and community that CMAS serves, with the support of the Graduate School at UT Austin.

CMAS First-Year MA Fellowship

The CMAS First-Year MA Fellowships are intended to recruit graduate students, who demonstrate excellence and promise, to pursue a Master of Arts degree in Mexican American Studies at The University of Texas at Austin. Fellowships are awarded on a competitive basis to students who demonstrate superior qualifactions and a critical understanding of the field of Mexican American studies and its future directions. This award cannot be renewed for a second year.

The CMAS First-Year MA Fellowships include a fellowship stipend in the amount of $10,000 allocated on September 1, 2014 and January 15, 2015.  The award will also pay for tuition and required fees for the fall semester 2014 and spring semester 2015.  (NOTE: In the second year, students may be eligible for a TA position with CMAS). This award cannot be held with other assistance provided by CMAS, The University of Texas at Austin, or any outside resource. This award is subject to the income reporting policies of The University of Texas at Austin.

All students admitted to the Master of Arts degree program in Mexican American Studies are eligible for the CMAS First-Year MA Fellowhsips. Recipients are selected by the admissions committee for the Master of Arts degree program in Mexican American Studies.

CMAS Graduate Recruitment Fellowship

The CMAS Graduate Recruitment Fellowships are multi-year awards that are intended to recruit new graduate students to pursue a doctoral degree (Ph.D./Ed.D.) at The University of Texas at Austin.  Graduate students who have earned a Master's degree from UT Austin, as well as continuing doctoral students, are not eligible for this award.  Recipients of the CMAS Graduate Recruitment Fellowships must demonstrate superior qualifications and are required to enroll, as well as participate, in the Graduate Portfolio Program in Mexican American Studies.

The CMAS Graduate Recruitment Fellowships are meant to supplement departmental awards and will be administered through the Graduate School.  CMAS Graduate Recruitment Fellowships will supplement departmental funding so that in each year of funding the total amount will be $20,000.  Departments must guarantee two years of funding to which CMAS will add two additional years, one of which includes a year-long dissertation fellowship. This award is subject to the income reporting policies of The University of Texas at Austin.

Departments should nominate no more than one student per academic year by providing CMAS with the following items:

  • Letter of Nomination (from the departmental graduate adviser which must discuss the qualifications of the student and outline the commitment the department will make in the first two years of the award)
  • Complete Admission File (a copy is acceptable once the nominee has been admitted)

The deadline for departmental nominations is 5:00 p.m. on Friday, January 31, 2014.

CMAS Graduate Legacy Fellowship

The CMAS Graduate Legacy Fellowships are awards intended to recruit former graduate students to pursue a doctoral degree (Ph.D./Ed.D.) at The University of Texas at Austin. Graduate students who have earned a Master's degree from UT Austin are eligible for this award.  Recipients of the CMAS Graduate Legacy Fellowships must demonstrate superior qualifications and are required to enroll, as well as participate, in the Graduate Portfolio Program in Mexican American Studies.  This award cannot be renewed for a second year

The CMAS Graduate Legacy Fellowship includes a fellowship stipend in the amount of $20,000 allocated in nine monthly payments beginning September 1, 2014 and ending May 1, 2015.  The award will also pay for tuition and required fees for the fall semester 2014 and spring semester 2015.  Finally, the award includes a supplement that can be used to purchase health insurance.  This award cannot be held with other assistance provided by CMAS, The University of Texas at Austin, or any outside resource. This award is subject to the income reporting policies of The University of Texas at Austin.

Departments should nominate no more than one student per academic year by providing CMAS with the following items:

  • Letter of Nomination (from the departmental graduate adviser or another faculty member discussing the qualifications of the student)
  • Complete Admission File (a copy is acceptable once the nominee has been admitted)

The deadline for departmental nominations is 5:00 p.m. on Friday, January 31, 2014.

CMAS Dissertation Fellowship

The CMAS Dissertation Fellowship is intended to support a graduate student completing a doctoral dissertation (Ph.D./Ed.D.) at The University of Texas at Austin for one academic year. The award includes funding for the fall and spring semesters.  The award cannot be renewed for a second year.  The recipient of the CMAS Dissertation Fellowships must demonstrate superior qualifications and be completing a doctoral dissertation (Ph.D./Ed.D.) that is consistent with the scholarly aims of the Center for Mexican American Studies.  The award requires that the recipient be participating in the Graduate Portfolio Program in Mexican American Studies.

The CMAS Dissertation Fellowship includes a fellowship stipend provided by CMAS in the amount of $20,000 allocated in nine monthly payments beginning September 1, 2014 and ending May 1, 2015.  CMAS will also pay for tuition and fees for the fall semester 2014 and spring semester 2015.  Finally, the award includes a supplement that can be used to purchase health insurance.  This award cannot be held with other assistance provided by CMAS, The University of Texas at Austin, or any other outside resource. This award is subject to the income reporting policies of The University of Texas at Austin.

A complete application will consist of the following items:

  • Letter of Application (submitted by the student summarizing the dissertation topic and outlining the anticipated schedule for completion of the dissertation)
  • Letter from the Dissertation Committee Chair (supporting the application and verifying the anticipated schedule for completion of the dissertation)
  • Curriculum Vitae
  • CMAS Financial Assistance Form

The application deadline is 5:00 p.m. on Friday, January 31, 2014.

CMAS Borderlands Fellowship

The CMAS Borderlands Fellowship is intended to support the professional development of a graduate student completing a doctoral dissertation (Ph.D./Ed.D.) at The University of Texas at Austin for one academic year.  The award includes funding for the fall and spring semesters.  The award cannot be renewed for a second year.  The recipient of the CMAS Borderlands Fellowship must demonstrate superior qualifications and be completing a doctoral dissertation (Ph.D./Ed.D.) that is consistent with the scholarly aims of the Center for Mexican American Studies.  The award requires that the student be participating in the Graduate Portfolio Program in Mexican American Studies. 

The recipient must be near the completion of his/her doctoral dissertation project but must not have submitted the dissertation to the Graduate School for final review or applied for graduation.  The recipient is expected to use the fellowship award to support work toward the development of a conference paper or publishable article.  The recipient will teach one class in the 2014-2015 academic year and will give a public lecture based on the work undertaken during the fellowship.

The CMAS Borderlands Fellowship includes a fellowship stipend provided by CMAS in the amount of $10,000 allocated over the course of the fall semester 2014.  CMAS will also pay for tuition and fees for this semester and include funds for the purchase of health insurance.  The recipient will then be appointed at an assistant instructor for the spring semester 2015.  The recipient must be eligible hold an appointment as an assistant instructor, which includes having accumulated the required experience as a teaching assistant and having credit for a 398T supervised teaching course. The recipient will teach one lower-division undergraduate course, which may either be designed by the student or a course offered by CMAS on a regular basis. The recipient will also receive a supplemental award that will raise the total stipend for the spring semester 2015 to $20,000.

The CMAS Borderlands Fellowship cannot be held with other assistance provided by CMAS, The University of Texas at Austin, or any outside resource. This award is subject to the income reporting policies of The University of Texas at Austin.

A complete application will consist of the following items:

  • Letter of Application (submitted by the student summarizing the dissertation topic and outlining the anticipated schedule for completion of the dissertation, along with a proposed defense date)
  • Letter from the Dissertation Committee Chair (supporting the application and verifying that the applicant will be working toward the development of a conference paper or publishable article)
  • Curriculum Vitae
  • Course Description (for a lower-division MAS undergraduate course)
  • CMAS Financial Assistance Form

The application deadline is 5:00 p.m. on Friday, January 31, 2014.

All financial assistance materials must be submitted to:

Program Coordinator
Center for Mexican American Studies
University of Texas at Austin
Burdine Hall 548, Stop F9200
Austin, Texas 78712

Questions regarding financial assistance for graduate students can be directed to Luis Guevara, CMAS Program Coordinator, at (512) 475-6769 or lvg@austin.utexas.edu.

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