Graduate Student Research

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The CLRC supports graduate students at UC Santa Cruz via our Mini-grants, the Lionel Cantú Memorial Award, and our Graduate Student Research and Professional Development Award.

Graduate Student Mini-grants
CLRC Mini-grants help fund quality research in Chicano, Latino, Latin American, and migration studies by UC Santa Cruz graduate students in good academic standing in the Social Sciences, Humanities, and Arts Divisions. Recipients may use the award for travel for research or to present work at a professional meeting; books, software packages, and supplies; and miscellaneous services, such as manuscript preparation, translation, transcription, and video documentation. Recipients are expected to acknowledge the CLRC's support in any publications related to the sponsored research and to share their findings in a public forum convened by the CLRC.  They must also submit a report and short video at the end of the fiscal year. Please check back for 2018-19 submission dates.


Lionel Cantú Memorial Award
The CLRC is proud to collaborate with the Departments of Sociology and Latin American and Latino Studies in supporting graduate students working in Latino sociology, immigration studies, transnational/cross-border studies, and gender and sexuality studies, particularly with a focus on gay men and masculinity, via the Lionel Cantú Memorial Award.  The call for applications is generally issued during the spring quarter. 


Graduate Student Research and Professional Development Award
While we encourage UC Santa Cruz graduate students to apply for our Mini-grants during the fall and for the Lionel Cantú Memorial Award in the spring, we recognize that research and professional opportunities sometimes arise at other times of the year.  The CLRC director maintains a modest fund that supports graduate students' research and professional development.  Recipients may use the award for travel for research or to present work or to interview for an academic job at a professional meeting.  To apply, students must demonstrate that Chicano, Latino, Latin American, and/or migration studies is a primary field of their research and they must be in good academic standing in the Arts, Humanities, or Social Sciences Divisions at UC Santa Cruz.  In addition to submitting a one-page application letter and itemized budget to the CLRC director, applicants must be recommended by a member of the UC Santa Cruz faculty.  Awardees must submit a one-page report and a short video to the CLRC no more than 4 weeks after spending the funds and are expected to acknowledge the CLRC's support in any publications related to the sponsored research.  Applications are accepted on a rolling basis and pending funding.