The Center for Regional Studies (CRS) at The University of New Mexico announced a Tribal/Community College Research Scholar program. CRS will financially support one research scholar from Central New Mexico Community College (CNM) and Diné College for a short-term residency.  

Agreement proposals were also sent to Navajo Technical University, Northern New Mexico College, Santa Fe Community College, Clovis Community College, and Southwestern Indian Polytechnic Institute (SIPI) to establish the program.

The residency will be offered to a research scholar actively engaged in interdisciplinary research/scholarship that fits the CRS mission and who can demonstrate that a period of residency at UNM in Albuquerque is vital to completing the next phase of their ongoing research, scholarship, and/or community-based work.  

The mission of the Center for Regional Studies is to create new sources of knowledge about New Mexico and the Southwest through research, education, learning and related scholarly activities. In particular, CRS encourages inquiry that draws on evidentiary-based interpretation and analysis of historical and contemporary questions as well as of public policy issues in a regional context. CRS seeks scholars whose research addresses historical as well as emerging trends relating to the peoples, communities, and cultures of the greater Southwest and whose work shows particular regard to one or more of the following areas of investigation: 

  • 19th, 20th, & 21st Century Social History of the Region 
  • Ethnographic Fieldwork and Community Documentation
  • Biographies of Leaders/Community Histories or the History of Institutions
  • Land Grants and Acequia History
  • Environmental Studies
  • UNM Corpus of Indigenous or Southwest Spanish Texts and General Linguistic Collections 
  • Contemporary Public Policy Issues and/or Regional Challenges
  • Film, Media, and Digital Humanities 

The residency will run concurrently with Fall or Spring semester, or a shorter summer session, with research stipends typically covering a 16-week academic semester or eight weeks for the summer residencies.  Scholars will be required to present their research to UNM faculty and students during their residency at and submit a brief final report. Scholars cover travel, local transportation, housing, and incidental costs associated with residency in Albuquerque. Full semester stipends will be up to $15,000 and short-term summer session up to $8,000, depending on availability of funds. 

The selection process will be developed, implemented, and identified by the tribal or community college.  The institution will notify CRS of the selected research scholar no later than three months prior to the proposed start of the residency. For details, contact CRS director Lloyd L. Lee.