Eliana Rivero Research Scholarship


Application Deadline: February 15, 2016

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The Cuban Research Institute (CRI) is pleased to announce the competition for the 2016 Eliana Rivero Research Scholarship in Cuban Studies and request applications from graduate students for spring and early summer 2016. The scholarship provides one graduate student the opportunity to conduct research in Cuban studies—with special emphasis in the humanities—for one week each year at the CRI. The scholarship can also be used to support the visit of one FIU graduate student each year to Cuba, to pursue research on Cuba-related issues for a period of one week.

Thanks to the generosity of Dr. Eliana S. Rivero, Professor Emerita in Spanish and Portuguese at the University of Arizona, CRI is offering a scholarship of $2,000 to offset the costs of a one-week stay in Miami to conduct research on Cuba-related issues, or—for FIU graduate students only—to offset the costs of a one-week stay in Cuba to conduct research on Cuba-related topics. The award recipient will be required to complete his/her travel by June 15, 2016.

As a condition of the award, recipients will give a lecture at FIU on their research projects, and following their travel, will submit a three-page single-spaced summary of their research findings and a detailed budget, including all relevant receipts. Any publications resulting from research conducted during the scholarship period should acknowledge the Eliana Rivero Research Scholarship in Cuban Studies and the Cuban Research Institute for their support.

About Eliana Rivero

Eliana Suárez Rivero was born in Cuba and immigrated permanently to the U.S. in 1961. She received her Ph.D. with distinction and M.A. in Hispanic Language and Literatures and a B.A. (Magna Cum Laude) in Spanish Language and Literature from the University of Miami. She has done scholarly work and teaching in the area of Latin American literatures, especially poetry and women's writings, for almost five decades.

Dr. Rivero is Professor Emerita in the Department of Spanish and Portuguese at the University of Arizona in Tucson, where she taught Latin American and U.S. Latino/Latina literatures and cultures. She was also adjunct Professor of Women's Studies and Latin American Studies at her institution. She has authored or coedited six scholarly books, and has published over 100 articles, chapters in books, review essays, notes, bibliographies, and collection entries, on topics ranging from Caribbean authors to Mexican colonial nuns.

Dr. Rivero is coeditor of Telling To Live: Latina Feminist Testimonios (2001), Infinite Divisions: An Anthology of Chicana Literature (1995), and Siete poetas (1977). Her latest book, a bilingual collection of essays, was Discursos desde la diáspora (2005). Her latest published article on Cuban studies is "Del exilio al posnacionalismo en Cristina García: La diáspora cultural cubana en el siglo XXI," in Un pueblo disperso: Dimensiones sociales y culturales de la diáspora cubana, edited by Jorge Duany (2014). Her latest poetry was published in Catedral sumergida: Poesía cubana contemporánea escrita por mujeres, edited by Ileana Álvarez and Maylén Domínguez (2013). Her video Melodías y memorias de Eliana Rivero, with her interpretations of traditional Cuban music and autobiographical commentary, was finished in January 2015.

Dr. Rivero lives in Tucson, Arizona, where she enjoys playing her grand piano every day.