2019-2020 Goizueta Foundation Graduate Fellowship

Call for applications

The Cuban Heritage Collection is home to the premier repository of materials on Cuba outside the island and the most comprehensive collection of Cuban exile history and the global Cuban diaspora. Researchers, students, and visitors can explore and discover a wide range of information and resources, which include books; journals; newspapers; archival materials such as personal papers, correspondence, manuscripts, organizational records; photographs; maps; art; and ephemera; as well as growing born-digital and digitized collections.

The Goizueta Foundation Graduate Fellowship Program provides assistance for supporting doctoral research at the Cuban Heritage Collection (CHC). The goal of the Goizueta Graduate Fellowships is to engage emerging scholars with the materials available in the CHC and thus contribute to the larger body of scholarship in Cuban and Cuban diaspora studies. Applicants with an interdisciplinary approach to the study of Cuba and its diaspora, of any time period are encouraged to apply.

Launched in 2010 with a generous grant from The Goizueta Foundation, the program has grown to support the research of 86 emerging scholars from 41 universities. In 2015 the Foundation made a $1 million gift to endow the program as part of the University’s Momentum2 campaign, allowing the CHC to continue awarding research funding to doctoral students and candidates enrolled in universities across the United States.

Start the Application Process


1. Graduate Pre-Prospectus Summer Fellowships

Pre-Prospectus Summer Fellowships grant one-month awards to doctoral students to determine how the Cuban Heritage Collection may serve their research needs as they prepare the dissertation prospectus/ research proposal. These are exploratory fellowships to determine if research resources in the CHC will support a dissertation.

Fellowships of $1,500 will be granted for one month in residence between June 1 and August 31,2019.

2. Graduate Research Fellowships

Research Fellowships will support doctoral candidates who wish to use the Cuban Heritage Collection as a primary resource for a dissertation. Doctoral candidates applying for these fellowships will have completed their course work and passed their qualifying examinations (ABD status). They will be prepared to pursue research based on an approved prospectus.

Fellowships of $3,000 per month will be granted for periods of one to three months. These fellowships will take place between June 1, 2019 and May 31, 2020.

All award recipients must be in residence during the course of the fellowship and may not hold concurrent teaching positions.


Applications will be evaluated by a panel of Cuban Studies scholars based on:

  • Overall substantive merit of the proposal
  • The applicant’s qualifications and recommendations
  • Demonstrated need to access the Cuban Heritage Collection’s particular holdings


  • All citizens and permanent legal residents of the United States who are enrolled in a U.S. doctoral program are eligible to apply.
  • Foreign nationals residing in the U.S. on F-1 student visas in a doctoral program at a university in the U.S. are also eligible to apply.
  • Former Graduate Pre-Prospectus Fellows may apply for a Graduate Research Fellowship.
  • Applicants may be required to provide proof of eligibility.


All application materials must be received by Monday, February 4, 2019 and submitted electronically using Interfolio. Fellowship applicants must submit the following:

  • Application form
  • Research statement: a project abstract of no more than 300 words
  • Research Proposal: an overall project description of no more than 1,500 words stating how the project would potentially benefit from using CHC’s collections.
  • Research plan: a comprehensive list of Cuban Heritage Collection materials to be consulted during the fellowship period. The list need not be comprehensive however applicants are encouraged to identify all potential resources using the CHC catalog, archival collection descriptions and Digital Collections.
  • Curriculum vitae
  • Three confidential letters of reference

Questions about the fellowships program or application instructions should be directed to chc@miami.edu.