The Cuban Heritage Collection (CHC) Fellowships program provides assistance to students and scholars who wish to use the research resources available in the Cuban Heritage Collection at the University of Miami.  The goal of the CHC Fellowships is to engage 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.

Applicants for any of the fellowships offered by the Cuban Heritage Collection must be residents of the United States and affiliated with U.S. institutions.

The CHC awards Fellowships in three categories:

1)     Graduate Research Fellowships
Research Fellowships will support doctoral 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.

2)    Graduate 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.

3)    NEW:  Arts in the Cuban Republic Fellowships

This new Fellowship opportunity will support work on topics related to the arts in Cuba between 1933 and 1958, including but not limited to visual arts, music, theater, dance, and architecture.

Graduate students, postdoctoral and tenured scholars, and independent scholars working towards publication or comparable product are eligible for this award.  Independent scholars are individuals such journalists, writers, filmmakers, visual and performing artists, and other humanists who are not employed as full-time academic faculty or working towards a terminal academic degree.

Recipients must be in residence during the course of their fellowship and may not hold concurrent teaching positions. Fellowships of $2,500 a month will be granted for periods of one to four months.

Criteria for Fellowships
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 Saturday, February 1, 2014 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)
  • List of Cuban Heritage Collection materials to be consulted during the fellowship period
  • 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 2014-2015 award year, Graduate Pre-Prospectus Fellows must complete their fellowships between June 1 and August 31, 2014.  Graduate Research and Arts in the Cuban Republic Fellows will take residence between June 1, 2014 and March 31, 2015.

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, any publications, or equivalent final products resulting from a fellowship award should include an acknowledgment of the CHC Fellowships support, and one copy should be deposited with the Cuban Heritage Collection.

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The CHC Fellowships are made possible with the support of the Amigos of the Cuban Heritage Collection, the Ruston-Baker Educational Institution, and additional donors who have asked to remain anonymous.  

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