Clements Center Fellowships

Clements Center Research Fellowships for the Study of Southwestern America

The William P. Clements Center for Southwest Studies welcomes applications for residential research fellowships. Clements Center Research Fellowships provide senior or junior scholars with an essential element for producing successful books, and that is time. Scholars not only need time to do research, a task that often requires travel, but as Pauline Yu, the president of the American Council of Learned Societies has written, "Scholars need time to write. In the humanities the expression of the idea is the source of its power, and crafting that expression is essential to the process of research."

Fellowships are for a full academic year.  Competition is open to individuals in any field in the humanities or social sciences doing research on Texas, the American Southwest or the U.S.-Mexico borderlands. (Please note that because of the specific terms of our endowment, we are unable to fund projects focused primarily on California after 1848; we do, however, encourage submissions from applicants studying California prior to the U.S.-Mexican War.)  The fellowships are designed to provide time for senior or junior scholars to bring book-length manuscripts to completion. The fellowships cannot be used to complete a dissertation.

There are four fellowships available:

The Bill & Rita Clements Senior Fellowship for the Study of Southwestern America: funded by an anonymous donor in honor of Rita Clements and in memory of the late Bill Clements, supports work on the US-Mexico borderlands and the Southwest by an invited senior scholar.

The Bill & Rita Clements Fellowship for the Study of Southwestern America: funded by Rita Clements, the late Bill Clements, and the late Louis Beecherl, supports work on the US-Mexico borderlands and the Southwest.

The Summerlee Fellowship for the Study of Texas History: funded by the generosity of the Summerlee Foundation, supports work on Texas history.

The David J. Weber for the Study of Southwestern America: funded by Rita Clements, the late Bill Clements, and an anonymous donor, in memory of the late David J. Weber, supports work on borderlands history. 


Image: Associate director Sherry L. Smith with the 2010-2011 fellows, Elizabeth Hayes Turner, Jason Mellard, Daniel Arreola, and Sami Lakomaki, with interim director Benjamin H. Johnson