Eliana Rivero Research Scholarship

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Humberto Calzada, Years of Judgment, 1990

Every year, the Cuban Research Institute (CRI) offers the Eliana Rivero Scholarship to conduct research in Cuba by FIU graduate students. In 2018, CRI offered a second award using external funds from the CRI Cuban Studies Scholarship. The Eliana Rivero Scholarship supports graduate student research with emphasis in the humanities, while the CRI Cuban Studies Scholarship is open to any field. These scholarships provide FIU graduate students the opportunity to conduct research in Cuban studies for one week in Cuba. Both awards cover up to $2,000 per student to offset the costs of airfare, lodging, meals, visa application, and other educational expenses. Award recipients must complete their travel by September 1 of the award year.

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.

Past Awards

  • Leonardo Falcón, Ph.D. candidate in History, "Manufacturing Sin: Francisco Carranco and the Establishment of the Inquisition in Cuba and the Caribbean, 1595–1614" (CRI Cuban Studies Scholarship, 2018)
  • Maikel Fariñas Borrego, Ph.D. student in History, University of North Carolina, Chapel Hill, "Envisioning Capitalist Alternatives: The Emergence of Urban Entrepreneurs and the Politics of Influence in Cuba, 1920–1958" (2016)
  • Maite Morales, Ph.D. candidate in History, "Communal Desires: Cuban Consumption and Nostalgia, 1972–Present" (2018)
  • Alberto Sosa Cabanas, Ph.D. candidate in Spanish, Department of Modern Languages at Florida International University, "Racism, Celebration, and Otherness: Depictions of Blackness in Cuban Cultural Discourse (1790–1959)" (2017)
  • Jack Vertovec, Ph.D. candidate in Global and Sociocultural Studies, "Entrepreneurial Intersections: An Ethnographic Study of Structural Conditions and Economic Practices in Contemporary Cuba" (2018)

About Eliana Rivero

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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 bilingual collection of essays, Discursos desde la diáspora, was published in 2005. Her latest published essay on Cuban studies is "Leyendo a Cubamérica: Visiones y revisiones," in Reading Cuba: Discurso literario y geografía transcultural, edited by Alberto Sosa Cabanas (2018). 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.