Young Scholars Symposium

The Young Scholars Symposium is an annual ILS initiative that convenes young scholars who are working on a dissertation, a book, or another research project related to Latinas and Latinos in the United States. Participants are chosen through a national call for applicants. Selected young scholars present a chapter or essay in advance of the symposium. The Distinguished Visiting Professor – who ILS also brings to campus annually – serves as mentor and commentator for symposium participants and their work. ILS faculty members and graduate students also participate in the symposium sessions. The goal is to create an enriching environment that provides mentorship in the profession and helps make good scholarly work even better. 



Call for Applications 
Submission deadline January 15, 2019

Institute for Latino Studies - Young Scholars Symposium
University of Notre Dame -- April 24-26, 2019

The University of Notre Dame’s Institute for Latino Studies (ILS) convenes advanced graduate students and junior scholars from across the nation for a two-day Young Scholars Symposium, to enhance their research in Latino Studies. The symposium is hosted by Institute for Latino Studies Director Luis R. Fraga, the Rev. Donald P. McNeill, C.S.C., Professor of Transformative Latino Leadership, and the Joseph and Elizabeth Robbie Professor of Political Science.  

Presiding over the 2019 Young Scholars Symposium will be Distinguished Visiting Professor, Vicki L. RuizDistinguished Professor Emerita of History and Chicano/Latino Studies at the University of California at Irvine. Professor Ruiz has recently been appointed scholar-in-residence at Occidental College's Institute for the Study of Los Angeles.  

Selected participants will present a completed essay that will be reviewed by Professor Ruiz and members of the Notre Dame faculty affiliated with ILS.  All expenses are covered by ILS including an honorarium of $500. Up to six participants will be selected.

Applicants in their final year of graduate study and junior faculty who have not yet published their first book are eligible to apply to the ILS Young Scholars Symposium.  Application deadline January 15, 2019

Applicants should submit the following:

  • Curriculum Vitae
  • One letter of recommendation from a faculty advisor
  • An application letter, under 2 pages, that presents
    • a summary of the dissertation project and/or overall research program,
    • a précis of the proposed essay submission for the symposium,
    • a statement of progress to date on the overall project and on the proposed essay,
    • a statement of how specifically Distinguished Visiting Professor Vicki Ruiz’s expertise and mentorship will enhance your research.

Please submit a completed application with all materials in PDF format, no later than January 15, 2019 at 11:59 pm, directed to Professor Luis R. Fraga, ILS Director, via email to Questions may also be directed to this address.