Announcing a Second Round of Applications for CENTRO’s 2024-2025 Research Associate Program

The Center for Puerto Rican Studies (CENTRO) at Hunter College has announced that it is now accepting a second round of applications for the 2024-2025 Research Associate Program. CENTRO is accepting applications for hybrid/remote fellows, independent researchers, artists, and dissertation fellows. The fellows will spend a year at CENTRO working on a specific research project while attending weekly seminar meetings, workshops, and public events. The deadline to apply to the program is July 12, 2024. 

The inaugural theme of the Rooted + Relational initiative is Archives, Memory & the Present Past of Puerto Rico, and it invites researchers to engage with archives and memory work concepts, practices, and theories within Puerto Rican Studies and Puerto Rican and Diasporican history. The theme contends with the material and theoretical importance of the archive in contemporary scholarship and research practices while opening a space to engage with contestation, archival reckoning, archival architecture, facilities, accessibility, quotidian interventions, and forms of archival refusal. Fellows will be able to choose between these possible topic ideas for their project: archival silences, memory and preservation, Afro-Boricua and Afro-Indigenous archives, feminist archives, archival practices, queer archives, community archives, family archives, oral histories, and metadata and algorithms, among other possible interventions.

CENTRO invites applications from researchers and artists in all fields of study and disciplines, including creative writing and visual arts. Hybrid/remote Fellows are open to researchers working on the annual theme who cannot relocate to New York City, and while a PhD is not required, extensive background in Puerto Rican Studies is needed. Artists must be in residence at CENTRO for the 2024-2025 academic year. Independent researchers must also be in residence at CENTRO for the academic year, and a PhD is not required. Lastly, Dissertation Fellows must be ABD in a related discipline by July 1, 2024, be in residence at CENTRO for the 2024-2025 academic year, and one of the three reference letters must come from the dissertation advisor. 

Applicants must submit all of the following as one single PDF file through the application form:

  1. Cover letter that describes related qualifications, experience, and proposed research activities.
  2. Current CV
  3. Writing sample related to the position (20-25 double-spaced pages) or artist/media portfolio
  4. One-page course proposal
  5. Contact information for 3 professional references.

Interested applicants can learn more and apply here.