2019 Research and NSA Fellowships

The CUNY Dominican Studies Institute is now accepting applications for the 2019 Research Fellowships program. The CUNY DSI Research Fellowships enable the Institute to fulfill its mission of producing, stimulating, and disseminating innovative academic research that contributes to the expansion of knowledge about people of Dominican ancestry. Through its fellowships program, CUNY DSI also seeks to expose researchers to a unique hands-on-experience in our archives and library, two entities with no equal in the United States, headed by an elite team of experts who work closely with fellows. The CUNY DSI Research Fellowships program is the first program in the nation devoted exclusively to the advancement of scholarship in Dominican Studies.

Five research grants of $5,000 each are available this year. One of the research grants will be awarded to a NSA Fellow.[1]

Awards will be granted to researchers who either:

  • Contribute to current CUNY DSI’s research projects;
  • Are interested in writing about collections found in the Dominican Archives and Library; or
  • Want to explore CUNY DSI’s quantitative survey data for research purposes. [2]

Selected Research Projects at the CUNY DSI:

  • Barriers/challenges to commercial agricultural imports from the Dominican Republic to the U.S.
  • Community activism among Dominicans in the U.S.
  • Climate change and sustainable economic growth in the Dominican Republic
  • Deborah Pacini Hernandez’s Collection on Bachata[3]
  • Deportation from the U.S. to the Dominican Republic since 1966
  • Dominican electoral politics in the U.S.
  • Dominican entrepreneurs in the U.S.
  • Dominican landmarks in the U.S.[4]
  • Dominican musical presence and innovations in the U.S.
  • Dominican women’s resistance to patriarchal domination
  • Dominican writers in the U.S. before the rise of Trujillo
  • Enslaved African Blacks in La Española[5]
  • Formation of Dominican communities in the South and West in the U.S.
  • Incarceration of Dominicans in the U.S.
  • Intermarriage among Dominicans in the U.S.
  • Internal migration of Dominicans in the U.S.
  • Labor market outcomes and Dominican skin color
  • Resistance of African Black legacy in the Dominican Republic
  • Return to education among Dominicans in the U.S.
  • State regulation of migratory flows
  • The art of Tito Cánepa[6]
  • The art of Dominican York Proyecto GRAFICA[7]
  • The art of Julia Santos Solomón[8]
  • The relationship between U.S. born Dominicans and the Dominican Republic
  • U.S. cultural penetration of Dominican society
  • U.S. Dominicans in the military/veterans

Application Deadline:

July 15, 2019.

Notification: Applicants will be informed of the decision by email on Wednesday, September 4, 2019.  

Award winners may visit CUNY DSI anytime until November 30, 2020, a month prior to the submission of the final version of the research project.

Who is Eligible?

(1)    Faculty from colleges and universities, irrespective of rank;
(2)    Established independent scholars;
(3)    Graduate Ph.D. students;
(4)    International applicants, provided they are authorized to travel to the U.S. and meet the above criteria as well.

Application Process

- Complete online application
- Supplemental documents (uploaded through the online application):

  • Statement of Research Interest: Includes title of research, methodological approach, and a brief literature review. Up to 1,500 words. 
  • Updated CV

Winners of past CUNY DSI Archives and Library Research Awards may re-apply three full years after receiving an award from CUNY DSI.

For questions, email Dr. Luana Ferreira at  lferreira1@ccny.cuny.edu


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These grants are made possible through private and public funding.

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[3] Collection at the CUNY DSI Library.

[5]  http://firstblacks.org

[6]  Collection in the CUNY DSI Archives.

[7]  Collection in the CUNY DSI Archives.

[8]  Collection in the CUNY DSI Archives.