Gerardo Marín Diversity Fellowships

Each year, the Provost’s Office, under the leadership of the Office of Diversity Engagement and Community Outreach, invites scholars from underrepresented ethnic communities to apply for prestigious fellowships.

Gerardo Marín Diversity Fellowships

Dissertation Fellowship

Dissertation fellows complete their dissertation and initiate an ongoing program of scholarly or creative work while becoming familiar with the usual service responsibilities of a university faculty member. Fellows teach one course in their discipline each semester and serve the University in various capacities.

Apply for the 2019-2020 GMDF dissertation fellowship. Deadline to apply: January 25, 2019.

Postdoctoral Fellowship

In this “teaching postdoc,” postdoctoral fellows develop as both researchers and teachers. Fellows are housed in an existing department and work with senior faculty members to begin the development of an independent research program. In addition, fellows teach one course per semester in order to gain teaching experience.

Current Fellow (2018-19)

Ajar ChekirovaAjar Chekirova

Dissertation Fellow
Fellowship Placement: Department of Politics, College of Arts and Sciences

Ajar Chekirova is a PhD candidate at the Department of Political Science at the University of Illinois in Chicago. Her dissertation entitled “Undocumented Citizens: The Legacies of the Propiska System in a Post-Soviet City”, investigates the enduring  political and social implications of the the communist propiska regime (local registration) on citizenship rights of rural-to-urban migrants in Bishkek, Kyrgyzstan and compares it to the hukou household registration system in China. Chekirova's research explores the connections between property rights, registration regimes, and citizenship.Her research has been sponsored by the Open Society Foundation, PEO International Peace Scholarship, and UIC Dean’s Fellowship among others. Ajar holds MA degree in International Affairs from Ohio University, where she was a Fulbright Fellow. She earned her Bachelor’s degree in law from Peking University in China.

Contact Info

Office of Diversity Engagement and Community Outreach

Lone Mountain, Rm. 104
2130 Fulton St.
San Francisco, CA 94117
(415) 422-2821