Institute of American Cultures Visiting Research Scholar Fellowship Program in Ethnic Studies

The Institute of American Cultures offers in-residence appointments to support research on African Americans, American Indians, Asian Americans, and Chicanas/os. We especially encourage applications that advance our understanding of new social and cultural realities occasioned by the dramatic population shifts of recent decades, including greater heterogeneity within ethnic groups and increased interethnic contact.

The 2023–2024 IAC Visiting Scholar will receive funding for one or more quarters and may receive up to $35,000 for three quarters (contingent upon rank, experience, and date of completion of their terminal degree). In the event that an award is for less than three quarters or a nine-month appointment, the funds will be prorated in accordance with the actual length of the award. Visiting Scholar appointments are for persons who currently hold a permanent academic appointment. The Visiting Scholar funds will be paid through their home institution and will be expected to continue their health insurance through that source. These funds may be used to supplement sabbatical support for the total that does not exceed the candidate’s current institutional salary. Awardees may receive up to $4,000 in research support. Ralph J. Bunche Center for African American Studies will not have a Visiting Scholar this academic year.

For 2023–2024, the Bunche Center for African American Studies will not have a Visiting Scholar this academic year.

Eligibility Requirements:

  • U.S. citizenship or permanent residency
  • PhD from an accredited college or university at the time of appointment, or in the case of the arts, an appropriate terminal degree
  • UCLA faculty, staff, and currently enrolled students are not eligible to apply


Applications site will open on October 17, 2022. Completed applications must be received by 11:59 pm (PST), January 12, 2023. Incomplete applications will not be reviewed. Applicants will be notified in March.

In the Upload Documents section of the application, please upload a blank document instead of a Course Description as this requirement is being waived.

To Apply:

Preview of the application pages.


For questions, please contact:

American Indian Studies Center
Pamela Grieman, Assistant Director
(310) 206-7514 | Fax (310) 206-7060