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Graduate Fellowship Program

Current Fellowship Recipients

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Valentina Jager

College of Liberal Arts and Social Sciences

Ph.D in Creative Writing

Mariana Vazquez

College of Education

Ph.D in School Psychology

Luisa Perez

College of the Arts

M.A. in Art History

Carlos Guajardo

College of Liberal Arts and Social Sciences

M.A. in Sociology


The Graduate Fellowship Program is designed to recruit outstanding students who have demonstrated an interest in the advancement of the Mexican American or Latino community.

Preference shall be given to students who plan to conduct research in the area of Mexican American and/or Latino Studies. Students who are pursuing an M.A., M.F.A., or Ph.D. at the University of Houston are eligible to apply. Priority consideration will be given to students who bring a unique quantitative or qualitative research toolkit that would enhance CMALS’s research activities. Fellowships of up to $19,435 per academic year, renewable for a second year, are awarded to students on a competitive basis. Upon funds availability selected fellows may be provided tuition (see Awards section below for specifics). 


Applications should include the following:

  1. A cover letter containing, name, contact information (email and phone number), student ID number, college, academic department, advisor’s name, and contact information. 
  2. Resume with a listing of awards, publications, and/or samples of work where appropriate.
  3. A two-page description of the candidate’s research goals, including reference to the area of study in the M.A., M.F.A., or Ph.D. program.
  4. A letter of nomination from the chair or director of graduate studies in the UH department that has admitted the student.
  5. Two letters of reference, one of which must be from a faculty member that is familiar with the student’s current research record and work.


Students will be awarded fellowships of up to $19,435 per academic year in addition to any other scholarships they may receive from their departments or colleges. Recipients of the fellowships must be enrolled as full-time students and will work for the Center for Mexican American and Latino/a Studies as research assistants. The fellowships are renewable for a second year, provided that the recipient is in good academic standing, making satisfactory progress towards the degree, and has fulfilled her/his obligations with CMALS, and upon funds availability. For selected fellows, a decision to cover tuition will be made based on current and future funds available to CMALS. 


May 31st, 2022

Online Application

Scan your application into a single PDF document in the following order:

  1. Cover letter
  2. Resume
  3. Research Statement
  4. Nomination letter

Incomplete applications will not be reviewed.

Submit it to:

Letters of recommendation/reference should be sent electronically to indicating the name of the applicant on the subject line. 

University of Houston
3553 Cullen Boulevard Room 323
Houston, TX 77204-3001

Past Fellowship Recipients

1993 - 2019 Graduate Fellow Recipients
Luis Hernandez 2020-2021 Business
Allison Saenz 2019-2021 History
Hector Garcia 2019-2021 Art History
Isaiah Johnson 2019-2021 Political Science
Guillermo Ortega 2019-2020 Education
Sandra Poblano 2019-2020 Sociology
Maira Alvarez 2018-2019 Hispanic Studies
Devon Jones 2018-2019 Political Science
Natalia Trigo 2017-2019 Creative Writing 
Paige Quiñoes 2017-2018 English
Leonardo Gonzalez 2017-2018 Creative Writing
Karen Martinez 2016-2017 Art
Andrea Elizondo 2015-2016 Social Work
Jesus Gonzalez 2015-2016 Art
Lauren Espinoza 2015-2016 English
Berenice Hernandez Becerra 2014-2016 Social Work
Alvaro Montano 2014-2015 Communications
Samantha Rodriguez 2014-2015 History
Sophie Romay 2014-2015 Psychology
Anthony Calderon   2013-2014 Communications
Nadja Diaz Rodriguez 2013-2014       Sociology
Ana Rodriguez 2012-2014    Political Science
Jacob Sustaita 2012-2014 Music
David Torres 2012-2013 Political Science
Joseph Zaragoza 2012-2014 Psychology
Angela R. Leal 2011-2013 Sociology
Eva E. Briones 2011-2013 Social Work
Sandra Enriquez 2011-2013 History
Aurora I. Nunez 2010-2012 Psychology
Carlos Cantu 2009-2011 History
Luz Macias 2010-2011 Social Work
Carlos Lazo 2008-2010 Sociology
Lucia Galvan 2008-2010 Sociology
Neftali Martinez Rodriguez 2008-2010 Social Work
Amalia Mena-Mora 2007-2009 Political Science
Lourdes Aguinaco 2007-2009 Political Science
Maria Godsey 2006-2008 Modern & Classical Languages
Jack Griffin Garcia 2006-2008 Social Work
Moises Prospero 2005-2006 Social Work
Jesus Benitez 2005-2007 Studio Art
Felipe Hinojosa 2005-2007 History
Violeta Sanchez Anderson 2005-2007 English
Michael Espinoza 2005-2007 Sociology
Omar Herrera-Arizmendi 2004-2006 Music
Lillian Chavez 2004-2006 Economics
Ana Maria Villegas 2004-2006 Agricultural
Juan Rodriguez 2004-2006 History
Wyn Tran 2003-2004 Sociology
Itzel Richarte 2003-2005 Spanish
Jimmy Pation 2002-2004 Sociology
Jessica Borboa 2002-2004 History
Sonia Hernandez 2001-2003 History
Alejandra Jaramillo 2001-2003 History
Marta Ottilie Glueck 2000-2001 Spanish
Raquel Flores 2000-2002 Sociology
Trinidad Gonzalez 2000-2002 History
Lisa Marie Miller 1999-2001 Sociology
Mario Vasquez 1999-2001 Social Work
Deborah L. Muniz 1998-2000 Sociology
Jose Angel Hernandez 1998-2000 History
Olga Marie Sheible 1997-1999 History
Russell Contreras 1997-1999 History
Ramon Colorado 1996-1998 Chemistry
Noe Perez 1996-1998 Sociology
Barbara Rodriguez 1995-1997 Anthropology
Sophia Gutierrez 1995-1997 History
Noe Ramirez 1994-1996 Social Work
Elisama Puente 1993-1995 History
Lillian Salinas 1993-1995 Social Work