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Message from the Director

Dear AISC friends,

Happy Holidays from the AISC! As we wind down the quarter and gear up for some time with friends and family, we wish you and yours all the best for the holiday season. We look forward to seeing you in January!

The UCLA American Indian Studies Center will be closed for winter campus closure from Friday, December 23, 2016 to Monday, January 2, 2017. We will reopen on Tuesday, January 3, 2017.

Shannon Speed
Director, UCLA American Indian Studies Center


Institute of American Cultures 2017-2018 Research Grant Program in Ethnic Studies

The Institute of American Cultures (IAC) invites applications for support of research on African Americans, American Indians, Asian Americans, and Chicanas/os for 2017-2018. The Institute also invites proposals on interethnic relations that will increase collaboration between the Centers and/or between the Centers and other campus units.

Eligibility Requirements:
UCLA faculty, staff, graduate students, and IAC Visiting Scholars.
Funding: The Research Grant Program is on a reimbursement basis only. Funds for the purchase of permanent equipment will be provided only under exceptional circumstances. Conference travel, whether the applicant is presenting or attending, is not reimbursable.

Grant Period: July 1, 2017 through May 31, 2018.

Applications are available November 15, 2016 and must be received by 11:59 p.m., March 13, 2017. Incomplete applications will not be reviewed. Applicants will be notified in May.
Prior to submission of the application, applicants should briefly discuss their proposal with the Coordinator of the appropriate Center, or in the case of interethnic proposals, with each applicable Center. All grant recipients, where appropriate, must comply with UCLA’s Protection of Human Subjects in Research before receiving funding.

To Apply: Application is available online at:

For further information and applications, please contact the IAC coordinator of the appropriate UCLA Ethnic Studies Research Center and visit our website at

Institute of American Cultures 2017-2018 Visiting Scholar/Researcher 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 2017-2018 IAC Visiting Scholars will receive funding for one or more quarters, with an approximate stipend of $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 the stipend will be prorated in accordance with the actual length of the award. For Visiting Scholars who have a home institution, these funds can be used to supplement sabbatical support for the total that does not exceed the candidate’s current institutional salary. These Visiting Scholars will be paid through their home institution and will be expected to continue their health benefits through that source. Visiting Scholars who do not have a home institution will receive a stipend for living expenses and may be eligible for health benefits. In the event that an award is for less than the 9-month appointment, the stipend will be prorated in accordance with the actual length of the award. Awardees may receive up to $4,000 in research support. The Bunche Center for African American Studies will not have a Visiting Scholar this academic year.

Eligibility Requirements:
Applicants must be citizens or permanent residents of the United States and hold a Ph.D. from an accredited college or university (or, in the case of the arts, an appropriate terminal degree) in a relevant field at the time of appointment. UCLA faculty, staff, and currently enrolled students are not eligible to apply.

Applications are available October 15, 2016. Completed applications must be received by 11:59 pm January 12, 2017. Incomplete applications will not be reviewed. Applicants will be notified in March.

TO APPLY: Application is available online at:


Save the Date: Damaging Minds and Bodies: Trauma, Violence, and the Criminal Justice System

Friday, February 10 & Saturday, February 11, 2017
11 AM – 6 PM
Location TBA

This symposium will address the destructive impact of the US criminal justice system — including through policing, courts, jails, prisons, and immigration detention facilities — on the physical and mental health of racially and economically vulnerable communities, people with disabilities, and families. A central theme and purpose of the event involves confronting contemporary criminal justice practices as, essentially, a public health crisis. Some specific areas for dialogue and learning include the degenerative health effects of prison and detention conditions, collective trauma and terror within communities of color stemming from police violence, justice system treatment of sexually vulnerable and gender-nonconforming people, deaths of incarcerated people with mental illness, the invisibility of indigenous people in contemporary dialogue about policing and incarceration, racial profiling, detention and persecution of Muslim, Arab, and Middle Eastern people, and the relationship between healthcare and social service disparities and vulnerability to arrest and incarceration.

Hosted by Repair; co-sponsored by the UCLA American Indian Studies Center



Save the Date: Pursuing the PhD: Process of the PhD Path, Application Tips, and Choosing a Program, February 15, 2017
12:00 – 1:15 PM
Public Affairs Building, Room 4357

Lunch will be served.
RSVP required at

Come and find out about doctoral programs from three UCLA professors. The panel will include Dr. David Shorter (World Arts and Cultures), Dr. Shannon Speed (Gender Studies, Anthropology), and Dr. Ananda Marin (Education).
Recommended for Undergrad and Graduate Students.

UCLA is a tobacco-free campus. All-day parking ($12) and short-term parking (payable at pay stations) are available in Lots 2, 3 and 4 (enter the campus at Hilgard and Westholme avenues). For more information, call 310-825-7315.


Save the Date: One and a Half Day Seminar on Indigenous Data Sovereignty and Evidence-Based Policy Making

Save the date for this special upcoming event in Spring 2017! More details to follow.
The UCLA Department of Public Affairs and American Indian Studies (in collaboration with the United States Indigenous Data Sovereignty Network) are hosting a one and a half day seminar in Los Angeles in Spring 2017 on the topic of Indigenous Data Sovereignty and Evidence Based Policy Making. These two themes will be discussed and examined with three stakeholder communities: tribal leaders and elected officials (including National Congress of American Indians Policy Division), academics and other researchers, and US federal government agency officials.


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