Mellon Humanities Pathways Fellowship Application

The Mexico Center at the University of Texas at San Antonio (UTSA) and the Mellon Humanities Pathways Fellowship Program will fund 12 undergraduate students to support humanities research training that promotes diversity and prepares students from underrepresented backgrounds for doctoral study in the humanities broadly defined.  The training program will provide students, especially underrepresented students, with an introduction to humanities research methods, meaningful opportunities to participate in humanities research studies, networking and professional development and mentoring that leads to doctoral study in the humanities.

The interdisciplinary training program’s Latinos in a Changing World theme focuses on research in literature, art, music, history, communications, philosophy, classics, ethnic studies, gender studies, Afro-Latino identities, anthropology, sociology, geography, languages, media, art history, and other humanities fields. This fellowship program cannot fund students in political science, education, business, public policy, economics, psychology, or sciences and engineering.  

In the fall semester, the fellows will participate in an informal interdisciplinary seminar consisting of activities to improve research and writing skills and to help them identify appropriate graduate programs. In the spring semester, fellows will participate in ongoing research apprenticeships with UTSA faculty mentors in the humanities (7-10 hours per week) and participate in site visits to Texas universities offering Ph.D. humanities programs. In the summer, fellows will participate in a 3-week Professionalization Workshop at UTSA that will address research related to Latinos in a Changing World, humanities academic/research careers, academic skills and methodology used in humanities programs, research design, and requirements for Ph.D. programs. In the fall of the fellows’ senior year, staff and mentors will assist fellows in applying to at least five graduate humanities programs.

Fellows who are selected for the training program will receive a total stipend of $4,000 and a small research fund which will be disbursed as they participate in and complete the project activities. Mellon Humanities Pathways fellows must complete all program activities and apply for graduate programs to receive the stipend. The next cohort of 12 fellows will be selected in September 2018.

Fellowship Requirements:

  • The fellow is a U.S. citizen or U.S. permanent resident,
  • A junior (completion of between 60 and 90 credit hours),
  • Enrolled full-time in a bachelor’s program at UTSA in the humanities (broadly defined),
  • Identifies with one or more traditionally underrepresented backgrounds (i.e., Latina/o, African American, Native American, first in the family to attend college, low income, veteran, etc.),
  • Has demonstrated potential and expressed interest in pursuing a graduate program to conduct humanities research,
  • Maintains a cumulative GPA of 3.0 or higher (on a 4.0 scale),
  • The fellow’s research must be relevant to a humanities field and the theme Latinos in a Changing World,
  • The fellow must respond to Mellon Foundation requests for information,
  • The fellow must comply with Mellon Foundation guidelines for acknowledgement of funding,
  • The fellow agrees to participate in all Mellon Humanities Pathways Fellowship program components as described in the Terms of Participation form (i.e. seminar activities, apprenticeship, summer workshop, presentations of research, visits to humanities graduate programs, application to graduate programs).

Application must include:

  1. Completed Application Form
  2. Resume
  3. Official Transcript
  4. Two letters of recommendation from faculty or persons familiar with applicant’s academic work. Recommendations must be submitted directly to the Mexico Center either as email attachments (to or mailed in a sealed envelope.
  5. A narrative no more than 2 pages (12 point, Times New Roman, 1 inch margins, double spaced) covering all of the following topics:
    • Your background and life experiences
    • Why you are interested in the Mellon Humanities Pathways Program
    • Areas of humanities research in which you are interested (related to “Latinos in a Changing World”)
    • Motivation to attend graduate school
    • Personal career goals.

The deadline to submit an application is September 6, 2019.

Please send the completed application (including documents 1-5 above in word or pdf format) as attachments (via-email) to:

Sophia Ortiz, Program Coordinator 

You will receive e-mail confirmation upon receipt of your application. Applications will be reviewed by a committee comprised of UTSA faculty and staff. Awards will be announced at the beginning of the Fall 2018 semester.


Apply online at: 

For questions, please e-mail Sophia Ortiz at call 210.458.2692, or visit us at:

UTSA Mexico Center

301 Frio St., MNTB 2.260

San Antonio, Texas 78207