Eliana Rivero Research Scholarship

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Every year, the Cuban Research Institute (CRI) offers for the Eliana Rivero Research Scholarship in Cuban Studies. The scholarship provides one FIU graduate student the opportunity to conduct research in Cuban studies—with special emphasis in the humanities—for one week in Cuba. Thanks to the generosity of Dr. Eliana S. Rivero, Professor Emerita in Spanish and Portuguese at the University of Arizona, CRI will cover up to $2,000 to offset the costs of airfare, lodging, meals, visa application, and other educational expenses. The deadline for applications for the 2017 award was May 15, 2017.

Application Materials

  • A completed application and budget form available here
  • A research proposal that describes how travel to Cuba will contribute to the applicant's scholarly goals (3 pages maximum)
  • A copy of the applicant's curriculum vitae

As a condition of the award, recipients will give a lecture at FIU on their research project upon returning from their travel and 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.

The winner of the 2017 Eliana Rivero Scholarship is Alberto Sosa Cabanas, a Ph.D. candidate in Spanish in the Department of Modern Languages at Florida International University. His Ph.D. dissertation project is entitled "Racism, Celebration, and Otherness: Depictions of Blackness in Cuban Cultural Discourse (1790–1959)."

The winner of the 2016 scholarship was Maikel Fariñas Borrego, a Ph.D. student in History at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill. His Ph.D. dissertation project is entitled "Envisioning Capitalist Alternatives: The Emergence of Urban Entrepreneurs and the Politics of Influence in Cuba, 1920–1958."

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.