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CLACS announces two one-year graduate fellowships for Sawyer Seminar

February 8, 2021

The Center for Latin American and Caribbean Studies invites applications for two one-year graduate fellowships on 2021-2022 Mellon Sawyer Seminar Rethinking the Dynamic Interplay of Migration, Race, and Ethnicity in the Caribbean and Latin America supported by a Mellon Sawyer Seminar.

The Seminar, which will include periodic workshops, performances, exhibits, and other events during AY2021-2022, explores the dynamic interplay of migration, race, and ethnicity in the region.


Graduate fellows will contribute to the year-long Seminar by collaborating with a Postdoctoral Fellow to coordinate workshops and other related events; design and plan graduate and undergraduate student involvement in the Seminar, as well as community outreach; and write up summaries of the events. The fellows will meet regularly with the Postdoctoral Fellow, Center Director, and steering committee members. The fellow positions aim to build communication, creative problem-solving, analytical, and management skills.

Fellows will be appointed to a Proctorship for Fall and Spring, with a commitment of up to 20 hours/week.

Funding and Award:

The Mellon funding provides students with the full academic year stipend as set by the graduate school (including the summer portion), as well as health and dental insurance and fees. Tuition will be provided by the Graduate School. (For students in years 3-5, the award would replace one year of the student’s guaranteed funding, which her/his program would bank to provide funding for the student's 6th year.)


These fellowships are open to Brown University doctoral students in the humanities or social sciences whose interests focus on the Americas, race and ethnicity, and/or migration in the region. The positions are available for doctoral students in their third year or later, including those in their sixth or seventh year who have completed their fellowship period. Priority will be given to applicants with previous experience in or interest in organizing scholarly events.

Application Process and Submission Deadline

• A Statement of Purpose (maximum 1-page statement) detailing:

• Current status as a graduate student (year, expected graduation date, competing employment or academic demands expected in 2021-2022)

• Your interest in the position

• Your previous experience working in scholarly event organization

• A current CV

Please ask your advisor and your DGS to provide the following, respectively, under separate cover:

• A letter of recommendation from a Brown faculty member

• A short message of support from the applicant’s Director of Graduate Studies to confirm the student is in good standing.

Send these items via email to Kate Goldman, CLACS Manager (kate_goldman@brown.edu) with the subject line: [CLACS Sawyer Graduate Fellowship_Last Name] by Friday, March 5, 2021, at 11:59 pm EST. Applicants will be notified in March 2021.

Students with additional questions about this proctorship can contact CLACS Director Patsy Lewis (patsy_lewis@brown.edu).