2024 CUNY DSI Research and NSA Fellowships

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The CUNY DSI Research Fellowships is a long-standing program that allows 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 the fellowships program, CUNY DSI also offers to researchers a unique hands-on-experience in the Dominican 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.

In 2024, CUNY DSI will offer two (2) unique research grant opportunities:

  • One CUNY DSI research grant of $10,000
  • One research grant of $10,000 for a NSA Fellow [1]


Awards will be granted to researchers who either:

Topics of special interest for the 2024 application to a CUNY DSI Research Fellowships include, but are not limited to:

  • Socio-economic conditions of the Dominican population in the US, including public health outcomes, educational achievements, etc.
  • Research methods and the impact of new technologies on the development of the field of Dominican studies
  • Early history (16th and 17th centuries) of the Dominican Republic
  • Music, cinema, and the arts from the Dominican Republic and the Dominican community in the US.

Researchers may start immediately after receiving the official award letter from CUNY DSI. Within a week of notification, awardees must provide CUNY DSI with a formal photograph to be used in publicity related to the fellowship.

All awardees except for the NSA Fellow must organize an event that is open to the public, in collaboration with an organization of their choosing. The NSA Fellow is required to write a scholarly biography of at least 1,000 words of a NSA-member-owner of their choice.

Application Deadline

Application closes on Sunday, June 9, at 11:59pm EST.


Applicants will be informed of the decision by email on or after Monday, June 17, 2024.

Within a week of notification, awardees must provide CUNY DSI with a formal photograph to be used in publicity related to the fellowship.

Who is Eligible?
  • Faculty from colleges and universities, irrespective of rank
  • Established independent scholars
  • Ph.D. students
  • International applicants, provided they will not request a letter of support from CUNY to obtain authorization to travel to the U.S. to complete the research associated with this grant
  • Winners of past CUNY DSI Archives and Library Research Awards may re-apply three full years after receiving an award from CUNY DSI

Application Process

Click here to access the submission application portal

  • Fill the form with your personal information
  • Upload your supplemental documents, including a Statement of Research Interest featuring the title of your research project, methodological approach, and a brief literature review (max. 1,500 words), as well as your updated CV. Please combine the Statement of Research Interest and CV in one single pdf.

If you have any questions, please email CUNY DSI Associate Director, Dr. Pierre Losson at plosson@ccny.cuny.edu   

Frequently Asked Questions

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Past CUNY DSI and NSA award winners

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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

These grants are made possible through private and public funding.

[1] Click here for information about the NSA

[2] Click here for information about the surveys

[3] Collection at the CUNY DSI Library.

[4]  http://www.dominicanlandmarks.com

[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.

Last Updated: 05/24/2024 13:17