Call for Applications: Young Scholar Symposium 2020

Author: Oliver Ortega

Call for Applications
Submission deadline: January 6, 2020

Institute for Latino Studies - Young Scholars Symposium
University of Notre Dame 
April 29 - May 1, 2020

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

The 2020 Senior Scholar who will mentor the participants of the Symposium in the field of Art History is Dr. Charlene Villaseñor Black, Professor of Ibero-American Art and Chicana/o Studies at the University of California at Los Angeles.  

Selected participants will present a completed essay that will be reviewed by Professor Villaseñor Black 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. More information can be found on our website.

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. The deadline to apply is Monday, January 6, 2020. 

Applicants should submit the following:

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


Please submit a completed application with all materials in PDF format, no later than Monday, January 6, 2020 at noon EST, directed to Professor Luis R. Fraga, ILS Director, via email to
Questions may also be directed to this address. Interested applicants may also reach personnel at the Institute Monday to Friday, 8-5pm at (574)631-4440.