University of California Institute For Mexico and the United States offers small grants support for graduate students in the field of Mexico-related studies in all academic fields from the sciences to the arts, Latino Studies, and critical issues of common concern to the United States and Mexico. University of California graduate students enrolled in a masters or doctoral level program and in good academic standing are eligible to apply. University of California postdoctoral researchers may apply; they hold a UC postdoctoral position during the entire time period of the proposed activities. Undergraduate students are not eligible. Deadline for Proposal Submission December 2, 2013.
Study Subject(s): Grants are provided in all disciplines as related to academic exchange, research training, and scholarly development in areas of interest to UC MEXUS. These areas include the field of Mexico-related studies in all academic fields from the sciences to the arts, Latino Studies, and critical issues of common concern to the United States and Mexico.
Course Level: Each award is expected to advance applicant’s research abilities or academic progress. The proposed activities are expected to be short-term and completed within a six month project period.
Scholarship Provider: University of California, USA
Scholarship can be taken at: USA
Eligibility: -University of California graduate students enrolled in a masters or doctoral level program and in good academic standing are eligible to apply. University of California postdoctoral researchers may apply, provided they hold a UC postdoctoral position during the entire time period of the proposed activities. Undergraduate students are not eligible. Graduate students and postdoctoral researchers in Mexico may consider applying to the UC MEXUS-CONACYT programs for which they are eligible (these programs are listed on this website under Funding Opportunities.). Mexican nationals currently enrolled in UC graduate programs, including UC MEXUS-CONACYT Doctoral Fellows, may apply to the small grants competition. However, please note that the selection process is based solely on the proposed project’s fit to UC MEXUS goals and, specifically, a thematic connection to Mexico, completely independent of the applicant’s nationality.
-Only one proposal will be accepted from an applicant for each competition. If awarded a small grant, students and postdoctoral researchers must complete the terms and conditions of the award before they may submit another proposal. Applicants may also apply to other UC MEXUS and UC MEXUS-CONACYT programs for which they are eligible in conjunction with this program.
-The grant requires a UC faculty sponsor who accepts responsibility for the student’s or postdoctoral researcher’s proposed activities and the administration of the award in compliance with department and UC policies. The UC faculty sponsor will serve as the Principal Investigator for the award and must meet UC requirements for Principal Investigator status. A confidential letter of recommendation from the UC faculty sponsor is required with the application. The letter should indicate the applicant’s abilities to undertake the proposed activities and the value to his/her academic career. It needs to be sent separately to UC MEXUS by the proposal deadline or included in the proposal packet in a sealed envelope.
-Applicants undertaking any research in Mexico must provide an additional copy of a letter of invitation from a Mexican researcher or faculty member at a Mexican institution of higher education and/or research. The letter should be written in Spanish, addressed to the applicant, and indicate how the applicant will be included in the host’s academic or research activities during the student’s stay in Mexico. Please provide copies only, as the originals are for applicants to use while traveling or obtaining visas.
Scholarship Open for International Students: The students of Mexico can apply for these grants.
Scholarship Description: UC MEXUS is pleased to announce a competition for support of University of California graduate student and postdoctoral researcher activities in all disciplines as related to academic exchange, research training, and scholarly development in areas of interest to UC MEXUS. These areas include Mexico-related studies in all academic fields from the sciences to the arts, Latino Studies, and critical issues of common concern to the United States and Mexico. Proposals are encouraged for small, short-term, non-dissertation projects of one week to six months that will advance the applicants’ research training or academic understanding of their fields. Students seeking support for dissertation research should consider the UC MEXUS Dissertation Research competition. The funding is intended for student and postdoctoral support only; requests to supplement faculty or other researchers’ activities will not be considered, along with requests for additional support of previously funded projects.
Number of award(s): Not Known
Duration of award(s): Grants are offered for for a 6 months period.
What does it cover? Awards of up to $1,500 will be provided for a 6 month period. Allowable expenses include:
-Domestic and international travel for research, training, short courses, workshops, collaborations, and meetings. Keep in mind that these funds are intended for student or postdoctoral research and training, so proposals to attend professional conferences will be given low priority.
-Research supplies and services.
-Fees for short courses and workshops at cooperating institutions other than the applicant’s home institution.
Items which will not be funded include:
-Salaries or stipends. However, applicants also may apply to other UC MEXUS-CONACYT fellowship programs for which they are eligible and which do provide a monthly stipend.
-Home institution tuition or associated academic/educational fees.
-Equipment purchases, including computers, computer parts, and accessories.
-Indirect costs or institutional overhead assessments.
-Faculty research or activities, including conference and meeting organization.
-Reimbursement for activities that occur before the project period begins.
All budgets are subject to strict administrative review. No project will be funded until all the appropriate items have been approved.
Selection criteria: In addition to such standard review criteria as clarity, quality, and feasibility of the proposal, UC MEXUS will assign importance to the significance of the proposed activities for the student’s academic advancement and training and quality of supervision from UC or Mexican faculty and researchers. Reviews are based on the proposed project or activity only and the thematic fit to UC MEXUS goals, independent of the nationality of the applicant.
Notification: Not Known
How to Apply: The mode of applying is by post. 2 complete application sets should be submitted. Fill out the information requested on the application form and follow the checklist for the required attachments. These attachments include a project plan, a detailed budget, curriculum vitae, and, for projects that will take place in Mexico, a copy of the letter of invitation from a Mexican faculty member or researcher. Request to attend meetings or workshops should include a letter from the organizer(s) indicating acceptance of the student’s participation. If applicable, documentation of additional matching funds should also be included. A signature of the student’s UC faculty sponsor is required and academic standing in a graduate program or postdoctoral position must be certified by the chair of the applicant’s department. Procedures established by the UC faculty sponsor’s department and campus for the submission of grant proposals must be followed.
Deadline: The application deadline is December 2, 2013 (for activities January 1, 2014 – June 30, 2014).