Special Endowed Fellowships: Joseph L. Gaia Distinguished Fellowship in Latino Studies

The Joseph L. Gaia Distinguished Fellowship in Latino Studies funds doctoral students in any discipline who choose some aspect of Latino Studies as their area of specialization. Gaia Fellows receive full-tuition scholarships, annual stipends of $26,500 for up to five years and full coverage of the University’s health insurance premium.


Meet a Gaia Fellow

Victor Carmona

As a doctoral student in the Department of Theology, Victor Carmona studies how Catholic social teaching on migration is developing its capacity to assess and address the reality of increasing flows of undocumented migration throughout the world. “To ground my analysis, I plan on using ethnographic research to relate the Catholic Church’s theological interpretation and moral reasoning with its experience in parishes and migrant shelters in dioceses that lie next to international borders.” His adviser is Prof. Todd Whitmore.

A native of Mexicali, Mexico, Victor received his undergraduate degree at Georgetown University’s School of Foreign Service. Before graduate school, he first worked on migration policy issues with the Mexican Catholic Conference of Bishops at their Commission for the Pastoral Care of People on the Move, and then directed a health clinic and community center geared towards immigrants from Central and Southern Mexico in the outskirts of Tijuana.

“I chose Notre Dame for graduate school because of the high caliber of the faculty in its theology department and the warm community here. It is also an amazing place to start a family. Our daughter, Ella Victoria, was born in South Bend three months ago. She is a proud Hoosier!”