Critical Race Scholar Award

As an affirmation of its commitment to support racial equity and inclusion in graduate education at UNM, Graduate Studies announces a new initiative to offer five awards for eligible graduate students conducting research on topics related to what can be broadly called critical race scholarship, with priority given to studies that focus on race in the United States.

Topics might include but are not limited to:

  • research on race relations in the United States;
  • studies of slavery and its legacies;
  • issues of social justice and racial equity;
  • research on Black Lives Matter or related movements in past or recent present;
  • literary, historical, archival, community, or artistic studies of black, indigenous, or Latinx expressive cultures, written or oral;
  • critical race theories, pedagogies, and practices;
  • critiques of historic, institutionalized, or structural forms of racism;
  • urban design, public policy, or environmental racism;
  • protest, activism, and social change

Recipients will be named Critical Race Scholars and will receive an award of $2,000 for the Fall 2020-Spring 2021 academic year to support and facilitate their research. Critical Race Scholars will form a cohort that will meet during the tenure of the award to share and discuss their research and will then have their work featured in a Graduate Studies hosted platform (webinar; Shared Knowledge brief presentation; or other suitable venue to be determined in light of COVID).


Degree-seeking graduate students in academic good standing, with a minimum 3.5 GPA or above and no standing Fs, NCs, or Incompletes at the start of the Fall 2020 semester. Students must be full-time (9 credit hours or 6 credit hours and an assistantship).

To Apply

Please send the follow materials to Margaret Gonzales at 

  • Application cover sheet
  • Letter of application
  • CV
  • A 250-word statement on how your research relates to critical race scholarship

You must also arrange to have two letters of recommendation sent under separate cover to Margaret Gonzales ( One letter must be from a faculty advisor, director, or committee chair.

Application Deadline

Applications must be submitted by July 15, 2020. Awards will be announced August 1 to begin at the start of the Fall 2020 semester.