Stanford University
Graduate Student Programs

The Center offers Stanford graduate students three different fellowship opportunities that promote interdisciplinary scholarship and research around issues of race, ethnicity and culture.

    Graduate Dissertation Fellowships provide advanced doctoral students funding to complete their dissertations as well as the opportunity to participate in a vital research community of external faculty fellows as well as Stanford faculty affiliated with the Center

    CSRE Teaching Fellows provide graduate students funding to serve as Teaching Assistants for the CSRE undergraduate program. One serves as the CSRE Senior Seminar coordinator for the Senior Honors seminar. Up to two additional Teaching Fellows may serve for one or two quarters as teaching assistants for an introductory core course and may also have the opportunity to offer a small group course of their own design.

    CSRE Graduate Fellowships are newly-admitted doctoral students who are nominated for a three-year award that includes residency at the Center and offers the opportunity to participate in its research community.

Prizes and Awards

The Ernesto Galarza Prizes for Excellence in Graduate Student Research

This annual prize was initiated in 1986 to pay tribute to the pioneering scholarly work published by Dr. Ernesto Galarza, a Stanford alumnus who is generally regarded as the “Dean of Chicano Studies.” Through his research and activism on behalf of Chicanas/os that spanned five decades, Dr. Galarza inspired others to write about the condition of Latina/o people in the U.S. and his example inspired others to follow in his footsteps to promote social justice and equality. The Galarza Prizes are awarded to Stanford undergraduates and graduate students whose research reflects the spirit of Dr. Galarza.

A $500 prize will be awarded at the annual Ernesto Galarza Lecture for a graduate student paper (20 to 40 pages in length). Papers should focus on some specific aspect of the Chicana/o experience. Faculty are encouraged to nominate student papers for consideration and/or students may submit papers directly to the Chicana/o Studies Program's Galarza Prize Selection Committee. Submission date for 2010 will be announced in early March. The Selection Committee will follow up on any faculty nomination by requesting those nominated to submit their papers. All papers submitted should include a brief cover letter and should be submitted to:

Professor Gary Segura
Chicana/o Studies Program
MC 2152

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The Arturo Islas, Jr. Prize

The Islas Prize is awarded to a senior whose accomplishments at Stanford best exemplify the intellectual interest, background, and values of Arturo Islas, Jr.  Preference for this prize is given to students in the humanities or social sciences.  The selection of the prize recipient is based on outstanding academic achievement, a demonstrated intellectual interest in Chicano studies (broadly defined), a commitment to advancing opportunities for Chicanos in higher education, and an interest in pursuing graduate studies. All or most of these criteria are used to select the prize recipient.
The Islas Prize was established in 1993 by the parents of Arturo Islas in memory of their son.  Professor Islas was an integral part of the Stanford community as an undergraduate, a graduate student, and from 1970-1991, an esteemed member of the faculty in the Department of English.
The Prize carries a $1,000 cash award and will be announced at the annual Ernesto Galarza Lecture.  Submission date for 2010 will be announced in early March. Please submit a letter of nomination to:

Professor Gary Segura
Chicana/o Studies Program
MC: 2152

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The Jerry I. Porras Award for Visionary Leadership

This award, named in honor of Jerry Porras, Professor Emeritus in the Graduate School of Business, recognizes students for visionary leadership within a voluntary student organization or Stanford program serving the Chicano/Latino community.

Jerry I. Porras, Lane Professor in the Graduate School of Business, Emeritus, taught courses in leadership, interpersonal dynamics, and organizational development and change. He is co-author of the best selling book, Built to Last: Successful Habits of Visionary Companies. Professor Porras played a critical role in the establishment of the Guiding Concilio and he also instituted the Burciaga Award Foundation in 1996. Professor Porras continues to teach in the Graduate School of Business executive programs.

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The Renato I. Rosaldo, Jr. Award

Since 1970, Renato I. Rosaldo, Jr., the Lucie Stern Professor in the Social Sciences, Department of Cultural and Social Anthropology, has taught courses in Chicano Life and Culture, Cultural Studies, Cultural Citizenship, history, society, and Island Southeast Asia. He has served as Director of the Stanford Center for Chicano Research and Chair of the Chicana/o Studies Program. Professor Rosaldo’s books include Culture and Truth (1989) and The Anthropology of Globalization (2001’ co-editor). Professor Rosaldo is also an award-wining poet. In its 2000 contest for literary excellence, the Latino Literary Magazine El Andar awarded Renato Rosaldo the first prize for poetry. In the fall of 2003 Renato will join his wife, Professor Mary Pratt, as a professor of Anthropology at New York University.

This newly established award honors Professor Renato Rosaldo and recognizes an undergraduate or graduate student who best exemplifies the intellectual interests, creative work and values exhibited by Professor Rosaldo.

For more information on Jerry I. Porras and Renalto I. Rosaldo Awards, please contact:

Frances Morales
Director, El Centro Chicano
Phone: 723-2088

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