• Planning an academic career by matching personal goals with coursework, work experiences, and research activities
  • Understanding that cultural resources can contribute to research contributions and career planning
  • Breaking-the-code of academic writing by distinguishing parts of research and how they relate to various kinds of writing such as literature review, conference/grant proposals, presentations, and manuscripts
  • Choosing affiliations such as committee members and joining national discussions via research presentations and publications
  • Knowing your field well by reading widely and understanding how it has been influenced by history, policy and popular culture
  • Articulating your work using academic tools such as relevant coursework on transcripts, curriculum vitae, prime abstracts, teaching portfolios, and cover letters
  • $1,000 professional scholarship upon successful completion of program requirement


  • UNM graduate or professional students; enrolled at UNM for Fall & Spring and able to commit for a full academic year
  • Applicant must demonstrate determination and commitment to pursue further academic advancement/professional career development, commit time and personal effort to comply with fellowship faculty assignments, recruit effective guidance of a mentor in their field to oversee their work and maximize their use and benefits of the resources,
  • Must demonstrate the relevance of their research/professional goals as these contribute to issues of advocacy, service, or scholarship pertaining to the advancement of Hispano/Latino people and communities, or other groups historically disenfranchised or otherwise marginalized
  • Must meet 1 of 3 of the following criteria:
    • Member of an underrepresented ethnic group in higher education
    • First generation college graduate student
    • Qualify as low-income

*Please note that this program is open to any student regardless of immigration status