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PostDoctoral Program

The Fellowship

The Department of Latina/Latino Studies at the University of Illinois, Urbana invites applications for two Chancellor’s Postdoctoral Fellows in Ethnic Studies. This is a one-year appointment with a start date of August 16, 2019. The fellows are expected to be in residence for the duration of the appointment (August 2019-May 2020). They are also expected to give a presentation on their research project and to teach one of the department’s regularly offered undergraduate courses. The fellows will be housed in the Department of Latina/Latino Studies, but will also be provided opportunities to build a supportive on-campus community with the fellows from African American Studies, American Indian Studies, and Asian American Studies.

Stipend and Benefits

$47,476 salary over a 12-month period. Additional $5,000 for research expenses. Comprehensive benefit package.

Minimum Qualifications

Ph.D. (received after August 15, 2013). Individuals working toward a Ph.D. will be considered, but the dissertation must be defended and deposited prior to August 16, 2019. The primary focus of the successful candidates’ research must be U.S. Latinas/Latinos. Research from all disciplines and interdisciplines are eligible and will be considered.

These are external appointments. Current University of Illinois faculty members and graduate students at the Urbana-Champaign campus are not eligible to apply. Scholars who received their Ph.D. from the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign are also not eligible for these appointments.

To Apply

Create your candidate profile through the University of Illinois application login page at and upload your application materials:

    • Cover letter
    • Curriculum vitae
    • Statement of the research/writing project to be undertaken during the appointment
    • Scholarly writing sample (20 page minimum)
    • Graduate transcripts (copies are acceptable, but official transcripts may be requested at a later date)
    • Contact information for two professional references. For candidates who have not yet completed their Ph.D. at the time of application, one of these letters must be from the chair of the dissertation committee addressing the likelihood of completion by the starting date of the fellowship.
    • Letters of reference: Please note that letters of reference cannot be uploaded; therefore, you must request that your letter writers email (preferably) or mail their recommendations directly to the department (by the deadline):

    M. Laura Castañeda
    Department of Latina/Latino Studies
    University of Illinois, Urbana-Champaign
    1207 W. Oregon St.
    Urbana, IL 61801


To be considered,  applications must be submitted by December 5, 2018. Additional materials may be requested at a later date.

For further information about the fellowship, contact the Department of Latina/Latino Studies at (217)265-0370 or visit ( 

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