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Latino Migration Project Building Integrated Communities Fellowship

Amount: $5,000

Term: AY 2020-21

Eligibility: Doctoral students in humanities and humanistic social sciences enrolled in a degree program in one of sixteen departments in the College of Arts & Sciences*

Application Due: Monday, September 21, 2020

Supervisor: Hannah Gill, Program Director

The Site

The Latino Migration Project, LMP, is an education and research program dedicated to improving public understanding about the impact and implications of the expanding Latin American presence in North Carolina and the Southeastern United States. Recent migration to the region is a continuation of a historical process that has long served as a source of economic development of the state as well as a catalyst for revisiting issues of civil rights, diversity, and the status of marginal groups in society.

Based at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill, the Latino Migration Project fulfills a number of critical needs in a state with one of the fastest growing Latina/o/x populations in the nation. These needs include:

  1. Accurate and timely information about immigration issues relevant to the general public well-being
  2. Strategic planning for immigrant integration in NC local governments
  3. Leadership development and academic training

The Latino Migration Project was established in 2006 as a collaboration between the Institute for the Study of the Americas, one of the oldest centers in the nation for the study of Latin America, and the Center for Global Initiatives at The University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill.

The Fellowship Project

The Graduate Research Assistant will conduct research for a Community Assessment and Mapping initiative with Building Integrated Communities, a planning initiative that works with local governments, immigrants and refugees. This position includes conducting demographic research using census and other government data, conducting virtual interviews with immigrant stakeholders, and translating research into materials for general public consumption.

Preferred skills include: bilingual in Spanish and English, knowledge of ARC GIS software, familiarity with US Census data, ability to work independently.

*Due to COVID, in-person experience may be limited and safety measures will be taken into account when designing fellowship activities and goals.

The Application & More Information

Applicants must submit a cover letter explaining their academic background and professional qualifications, as well as their goals for professional development through this fellowship; a C.V.; and a letter of support from an advisor in their department or their Director of Graduate Studies. The completed application  should be submitted to the HPG website no later than the end of the day on Monday, September 21, 2020.

Queries which are not answered in the FAQ may be directed to Ashley Melzer, HPG Initiative Director.  Open interest meetings (at this link) will be half on Wednesday, September 9 at 4pm, Friday, September 11 at 12pm, and Tuesday September 15 at 5pm. Email the director to setup a different time or ask a question.

*Eligible graduate programs will be affiliated with American Studies; Anthropology; Art & Art History; Classics; Communication; Dramatic Art; English & Comparative Literature; Geography; Germanic and Slavic Languages and Literatures; History; Linguistics; Music; Philosophy; Religious Studies; Romance Studies; and Women & Gender Studies. Graduate students within the College of Arts & Sciences who are not affiliated with one of these programs, but are pursuing a course of study which makes significant use of humanities methods or content, may write to Ashley Melzer to petition for eligibility. Graduate students in programs outside of the College of Arts & Sciences are not eligible.

The Application