The Andrew W. Mellon Foundation and the University of New Mexico are committed to increasing the diversity and quality of graduate education by funding an innovative PhD dissertation completion program. This program began in 2008 when the Mellon Foundation made a generous award to UNM to improve the time to completion and professional placement for doctoral students working in the areas of the humanistic social sciences and whose dissertation research focused on Native American and/or Hispano communities in the US and Latin America.
The current program seeks to extend and strengthen these efforts by renewing awards of one- and two-year fellowships to senior graduate students over a period of five years, beginning in 2014 and continuing through 2018. We will fund 23 new fellowships for students nearing completion of their doctoral degree programs. The program includes 10 PhD programs mostly in Arts and Sciences but including Fine Arts and one that incorporates students from multiple Colleges. The focus of the program remains the same: building professional leadership and advancing research that integrates humanities and social science perspectives on issues of importance to Native American and Hispano communities.
Fellows who are selected for the program will be those whose research is inter-disciplinary, includes qualitative methods or analyses, based on the analysis of cultural, linguistic, ethnographic, documentary, historical, archival, literary, visual, and material culture. We encourage fellows to use multiple media to present their dissertation materials that in addition to text would include first person narratives, recorded oral histories, videography, photography, computer assisted design, social media, cartography, artwork, recordings, among others. A number of themes will link fellows’ research including : l. Exploration of cultural citizenship that engages social, political and global issues of ethnicity and language, space and place, and the cultural dimensions of health, sustainability, and traditions of resilience; 2. Expansion of historical scholarship that feature new actors and narrators involving the southwest US/Mexico border and other Indigenous Peoples with national and international implications; and 3. Engagement with Hispano and Native American communities with interest given to the local impact of research that contributes to the public good in the context of rapidly changing environmental, physical, and social environments.
The relative lack of diversity in faculty at universities and colleges has been an issue for some time in higher education. While student diversity at UNM has improved, whether measured by ethnic and ancestral background, age, gender, or family resources, faculty demographics continue to lag. Efforts such as the UNM-Mellon Program are designed to build diversity among faculty ranks by increasing the number of new doctorates who would fill this gap.
Doctoral students from the 10 participating programs who are eligible for a UNM-Mellon fellowship must meet the following criteria: 1. Completed all coursework, 2. Have an approved dissertation proposal, 3. Completed IRB or other institutional approvals, and 4. Have at least two draft chapters of their dissertation done with analyses or organization of data and information well underway. Fellows must present a plan that demonstrates their ability to complete the dissertation and schedule its defense within the time period of the fellowship. Please see the call for applications for more detailed information about how to apply; the application is also available online [Download .PDF | Download .DOCX]. The deadline is April 1 for UNM-Mellon fellowships that would begin in August for the 2014-15 academic year.
2015-16 Program : Attached below is the call for applications that describes eligibility criteria and the application process. There are also two versions of the application that you may complete: a pdf file and a word document file. Both were designed to be filled out but not everyone may be able to open the pdf file. Please do submit your applications electronically, as well as any letters of reference. The contact remains the same: Adriana Ramírez de Arellano whose email is firstname.lastname@example.org.
1. American Literary Studies, Department of English
2. American Studies
4. Art of the Americas, Department of Art History
5. Communications, Department of Communication and Journalism
7. Latin American Studies, Latin American and Iberian Institute
10. Hispanic Linguistics, Department of Spanish and Portuguese
11. Graduate Resource Center
12. Division of Equity and Inclusion
2011 Spring Lecture & Reception Dr. Patricia Zavella, Latin American & Latino Studies Department, University of California-Santa Cruz, presents Keynote Address "I'm Neither Here nor There: Mexicans' Quotidian Struggles with Migration and Poverty" for the University of New Mexico Department of Anthropology 'Colloquia Series' on 24 March 2011.
UNM-Mellon 2010 Panel Panel discussion on life and work after completion of the Ph.D. on 08 March 2010.
2010 Lecture at the Critical Knowledge Symposium Donald L. Fixico, Ph.D., Distinguished Professor of History, Arizona State University, presents Keynote Address "Native Ethos in Academia and a Natural Democracy in Indian History" at the Critical Knowledge Symposium, University of New Mexico.
2010 Fall Lecture and Reception Dr. Leo Chavez, University of California-Irvine, presents Social and Humanistic Studies Keynote Address "Why is Immigration Reform So Difficult? Latinos as Threat to the Nation and Other Myths" at the University of New Mexico on 20 September 2010.