December 8, 2021

CUNY is one of 16 members of a national consortium that includes all of the R1 (doctoral, research-intensive) universities in the U.S. that are also Hispanic Serving Institutions (HSIs), currently 16 in number. The consortium, which is based at the University of Illinois Chicago (UIC), has received funding from the Andrew W. Mellon Foundation for a new project: Crossing Latinidades: Emerging Scholars and New Comparative Directions. The broad goal of the project is to prepare, support, and mentor Latinx students who are pursuing doctoral degrees and faculty positions in the humanities and humanistic social sciences.
This announcement describes two opportunities for CUNY doctoral students and faculty to participate in Crossing Latinidades.   

  • Pre-candidacy doctoral students are invited to apply to participate in a two-week summer 2022 institute at UIC. If selected, students would also be considered for a follow-on $30,000 predoctoral fellowship. The CUNY deadline for applications is January 31, 2022.

  • Faculty are invited to apply for collaborative research fellowships.  The pre-proposal (optional) deadline is February 1, 2022, with the full proposal due on April 1, 2022.

Summer Institute and Fellowships for Ph.D. Students
Pre-candidacy CUNY doctoral students are invited to apply by January 31, 2022, for an in-person two-week Summer Institute on Latino Humanities Studies Methodologies and Theories. It will be held at the University of Illinois at Chicago June 26 through July 10, 2022, and bring together 2nd- and 3rd-year students who are currently enrolled in doctoral programs in the humanities and humanistic social sciences and who plan to work on Latino humanities studies dissertations. Through lectures, seminars, workshops, and presentations, the institute aims to expand students’ views of the Latino humanities studies field and ready them for intellectual innovation.
CUNY may select and nominate up to two students to participate in the 2022 summer institute. Lodging and some meals will be provided, and participants will receive a $3,000 stipend to cover additional expenses, including travel. Following the institute, participants will engage in a professionalization and mentorship program during the fall and spring semesters.
Institute participants will also be considered for a predoctoral research fellowship for 2022–23 (fall, spring, summer) that includes a $30,000 stipend, tuition and fee waiver, and health insurance at the home institution. This is an extra year of funding to any existing assistantship or fellowship funding commitment from CUNY. Students who are selected for the predoctoral research fellowships will be assigned to a collaborative Latino Humanities Studies research working group composed of faculty from a minimum of three universities in the Crossing Latinidades consortium.

Application process: For more information about the summer institute’s eligibility criteria, the application form, and submission process, please visit here. After screening for eligibility, applications will be reviewed by the Crossing Latinidades CUNY steering committee. Interested students who have questions should contact should contact Victoria Stone-Cadena, Ph.D., associate director of CLACLS and a member of the Crossing Latinidades Initiative advisory committee ( or email CLACLS at

Faculty Fellowships for Collaborative Research
In early 2022, CUNY faculty will be invited to apply for the Crossing Latinidades Collaborative, Cross Institutional Research Working Groups in Latino Humanities Studies. This initiative seeks to advance shared knowledge creation and new ideas to impact the field of Latino humanities studies.
Ten awards of $310,000 each will be available. The project dates span August 16, 2022, through August 15, 2024, and the proposal deadline will be April 1, 2022. An optional three-page preproposal can be submitted by February 1, 2022. Awardees will be notified on May 1, 2022.
Topics in history, art history, philosophy, comparative literature, languages, drama and music, visual culture, performance studies, theater, sound studies, film studies, gender studies, critical race studies, human geography and other humanities will be considered as well as humanistic approaches to the social sciences with humanities qualitative methodologies.
Proposed research working groups must meet the following criteria:

  • Conduct humanities or humanistic social science comparative cross-regional and cross-institutional research on U.S. Latinos/as/x utilizing humanities methodologies

  • Include a principal investigator (PI) who is tenure line faculty at one of the 16 consortium member institutions and whose research interests lie within the humanities, arts or humanistic social sciences.

  • Include members from at least three Crossing Latinidades consortium member universities

  • Be composed of at least three tenure line faculty from consortium institutions. Non-faculty staff (specialized faculty, research associates, etc.) may be able to participate, with eligibility determined by their home university's policies

  • Include six consortium pre-dissertation Ph.D. students (three in year one, and three new fellows in year two) who have completed the Summer Institute on Latino Humanities Studies Methodologies and Theories

  • Plan to offer public events such as presentations, symposia, workshops, or dissemination of outcomes including publications that will also engage undergraduate students in the consortium.

Detailed information about the Collaborative, Cross Institutional Research Working Groups in Latino Humanities Studies and application criteria is posted here. Victoria Stone-Cadena, Ph.D., associate director of CLACLS and a member of the Crossing Latinidades Initiative advisory committee, is available to answer questions and can be reached at