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Fellowship Programs 

Not offered in 2021. The California Immigration Research Initiative is offering four graduate student fellowships of $9,000 each for doctoral students at any University of California campus researching immigration in California.

Eligible projects include work from any social science, history, or allied health discipline on immigration to California, immigrants in California, or the integration of descendants of immigrants. Comparative projects are welcomed, including projects comparing California to other destinations in the United States or abroad, but must include a significant California component. Preference will be given to applicants who have not previously received a CIRI fellowship.

Applications should be emailed to as a single PDF file that includes the attached Fellowship Application form, a 4-page double-spaced project narrative, and CV. The applicant’s advisor should email a letter of recommendation with the applicant’s name in the subject heading. Applications and letters must be received by 4pm PST on March 1, 2018 to be considered. Successful applicants will be informed in April and receive the funds in May 2018. Fellows are required to submit a working paper for web publication that reports project findings within a year of receiving the funds. Fellowship funds must be used by Dec. 31st, 2018.

Awardees must meet all home university eligibility requirements for fellowship funding at the time of the award disbursement and have the approval of their graduate advisors and home departments.

The California Immigration Research Initiative is a project hosted by the Center for Comparative Immigration Studies at UCSD in coordination with the Program on International Migration and the Center for Health Policy Research at UCLA, Center for Research on Immigration Population and Public Policy at UCI, Center for Latino Policy Research at UCB, and Immigration Research Group at UCR. Funding is provided by the University of California Multicampus Research Programs and Initiatives.

The Center for U.S.-Mexican Studies now invites fellowship applications yearly. Since 1979, it has remained one of the leading residential fellowship programs in the United States for research on Mexico and U.S.-Mexico relations.

Visiting Fellows are expected to be PhD candidates who are “all but dissertation” (ABD) and have completed a substantial portion of their dissertations. University of California graduate students are encouraged to apply as well, and priority will be given to proposals that are relevant to public policy.

Complete program details and the application process can be found online.


The University of California President’s Postdoctoral Fellowship Program was established in 1984 to encourage outstanding women and minority Ph.D. recipients to pursue academic careers at the University of California. The current program offers postdoctoral research fellowships and faculty mentoring to outstanding scholars in all fields whose research, teaching, and service will contribute to the diversity and equal opportunity at the University of California. The contributions to diversity may include public service towards increasing equitable access in fields where women and minorities are underrepresented. In some fields, the contributions may include research focusing on underserved populations or understanding inequalities related to race, gender, disability or LGBT. The program is seeking applicants with the potential to bring to their academic and research careers the critical perspective that comes from their non-traditional educational background or understanding of the experiences of members of groups historically underrepresented in higher education in the United States.

AWARDS AND APPOINTMENTS. Fellowships are awarded for research conducted at any one of the University of California’s ten campuses. The award includes a salary starting at approximately $54,540 depending on field and experience, benefits including health insurance and paid vacation/sick leave, and up to $5,000 for research-related and program travel expenses. Each award is for a minimum of 12-months and may be renewable for an additional term upon demonstration of academic/research productivity.

ELIGIBILITY. Applicants must receive a Ph.D. or terminal degree from an accredited university before the start of their fellowship. Successful applicants must present documents demonstrating that they are legally authorized to work in the United States. Individuals granted deferred action status under the Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals program are encouraged to apply.

APPLICATION. Apply online at:

DEADLINE: November 1, 2021


Los Angeles
San Diego
San Francisco
Santa Barbara

Santa Cruz

More information:
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