Special Endowed Fellowships: Kinesis - Fernández Richards Family Fellowships

University Trustee José Enrique Fernández ’65 has established a special fellowship for U.S. citizens who reside in Puerto Rico. The fellowship is intended to enhance the University’s diversity.

Fellows are identified and nominated by their departments. Kinesis-Fernández fellows who are doctoral students receive a stipend from $24,000 to $30,000, according to program, on a 12-month basis for up to five years. Fellows in a master’s program receive $16,000 annually. Tuition scholarship support varies by program, and is awarded by the program.


Meet a Kinesis – Fernández Richards Fellow

David Gregory Negron

A native of San Juan, David Gregory-Negron earned his bachelor’s degree in film theory/communications and a master’s degree in comparative literature from the University of Puerto Rico. “I choose to do my doctoral work at Notre Dame because of the multidisciplinary nature of the Ph.D. in Literature Program. It gives me the opportunity to explore several areas and common places within nationalities and artistic representations.”

Under the direction of Professors Joseph Buttigieg, Jim Collins, and Maria Olivera-Williams, David is examining how art—particularly literature and film—responds to the political context. Graduate school funding allowed him to study one summer in Madrid and another in Cuba. Currently a third-year student, David is teaching an undergraduate language course.