The Cuban Heritage Collection (CHC) Graduate Fellowships provide assistance to graduate students who wish to use the research resources available at the Cuban Heritage Collection at the University of Miami. Fellowships are available to doctoral candidates engaged in studies at a U.S. institution and whose families currently reside in the United States. The goal of the CHC Graduate Fellowships is to engage emerging scholars with the materials available in the Cuban Heritage Collection and thus contribute to the larger body of scholarship in Cuban, hemispheric, and international studies.

The 2013 CHC Graduate Fellowships are generously funded by The Goizueta Foundation and the Amigos of the Cuban Heritage Collection.

Up to 14 fellowships will be awarded annually in two categories:

Research Fellowships
Research Fellowships will support graduate students who wish to use the Cuban Heritage Collection as a primary resource for a dissertation. Doctoral students applying for these fellowships will have completed their course work and passed their qualifying examinations. They will be prepared to pursue research based on an approved prospectus.

Recipients must be in residence during the course of their fellowship and may not hold concurrent teaching positions. Fellowships of $3,000 a month will be granted for periods of one to three months.

Pre-Prospectus Summer Fellowships
Pre-Prospectus Summer Fellowships will allow doctoral students to determine how the Cuban Heritage Collection may serve their research needs as they prepare the dissertation prospectus. Fellowships of $1,500 will be granted for one month in residence between June 1 and August 31 of the calendar year. These are exploratory fellowships to determine if the Collection will support a dissertation.

Applications will be evaluated by independent reviewers based on 1) the merit of the proposal; 2) the applicant’s qualifications; and 3) the suitability of the project for the particular holdings of the Cuban Heritage Collection.

Application Guidelines
All application materials must be received by Friday, February 1, 2013 and submitted electronically to Fellowship applicants must submit the following:

  • Application Form (click here to download)
  • Project Abstract (of no more than 300 words)
  • Project Description (of no more than 1,500 words)
  • Curriculum Vitae
  • Three Letters of Reference (from scholars familiar with the applicant and his/her research)


Fellows will be in residence conducting primary work in the Cuban Heritage Collection for the duration of their fellowship period. For the 2013-2014 award year, Pre-Prospectus Fellows must complete their fellowships between June 1 and August 31, 2013. Research Fellows will take residence between June 1, 2013 and February 28, 2014. All Fellows will be expected to participate in a research colloquium and write a brief research report on their work at the Cuban Heritage Collection. Dissertations or any publications resulting from a fellowship award should include an acknowledgment of the CHC Graduate Fellowships support, and one copy should be deposited with the Cuban Heritage Collection.