Fellowships in Global California Studies

Graduate Student Fellowships
Summer 2011

UCSD's Center for Global California Studies is once again pleased to announce a call for proposals for summer graduate student funding. These competitive fellowships will support graduate student research that focuses on questions relevant to California as a major nexus in global and diasporic processes, and that attends to hierarchical, comparative and relational processes inherent in this contemporary condition. This includes research on social movements, the military, boundaries, diverse community history and rapidly changing populations. We are particularly interested in receiving proposals that focus on the geopolitical and more nuanced borders between the Americas, Asia and the Pacific, food and environmental justice, and those projects that highlight community-based collaborative research methodologies.

Past recipients of California Cultures fellowships are not eligible. All other currently enrolled UCSD PhD and advanced MFA students in good academic standing in the Arts & Humanities and Social Sciences Divisions may apply for these fellowships. Preference will be given to applicants who have passed their qualifying exam (or completed their M.A. thesis if this is required in your PhD program) by the application deadline. All fellowship awardees are expected to focus on research, writing, or artistic production or both during the grant period.

Fellowship recipients will receive Summer stipends of between $2000 and $3000. At the beginning of the fall quarter, award recipients must submit a completed publishable paper or research report to the Director of the Center for Global California Studies (depending upon whether the applicant.s main focus is on writing or research activities). Award recipients will also present their work at a Global California Studies workshop in the 2011-2012 academic year.

Send 3 hard copies of a cover sheet with the following information:

  • Full name
  • Mailing address
  • Email address
  • Telephone number
  • Social Security number
  • Graduate Department
  • Graduate status (the date you passed the qualifying exam) Graduate Advisor's name
  • History of graduate funding at UCSD (e.g., TA, RA, fellowships)

Please also send 3 hard copies of:

  • A short abstract (250 word maximum) describing your proposed project
  • A project proposal (4 pages maximum, double-spaced) containing specific details about the research and/or writing to be conducted during Summer 2011. This should include research questions to be explored, research methods used, anticipated contributions to your discipline, and a short bibliography of sources cited. This applies to all applicants, whether they are primarily focused on core research activities (data collection, field work, archival research, etc.) or writing. If the applicant is proposing to focus on writing, please indicate when and where the supporting research was conducted and what form the project will embody (dissertation chapter/s, article, etc.) at the end of the summer.
  • A letter of recommendation from your Graduate Advisor commenting on your proposal.
  • An updated curriculum vita (CV).

All materials must arrive by regular/campus mail (no emails please) by May 16, 2011 to:

  • Roberto Alvarez
  • Director, Center for Global California Studies
  • c/o Department of Ethnic Studies-0522
  • Social Science Building
  • University of California, San Diego
  • 9500 Gilman Drive
  • La Jolla, California 92093-0522

Notification of decisions will be sent out the week of May 23, 2011.
For additional information send email queries to:

  • Elana Zilberg
  • Associate Director. Center for Global California Studies
  • ezilberg@ucsd.edu

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