The Office of Fellowship & Scholarship Opportunities
1100 North Hall
445 West 59th Street
New York, NY 10019
Monday - Thursday
9:00 am - 5:00 pm
1:30 pm – 4:30 pm
Visit our office to sign up for an appointment with an advisor.
Vielka V. Holness, JD, MPA, Director
Ms. Holness is the Director of the Office of Fellowship & Scholarship Opportunities. She holds a Bachelor of Arts from New York University (Politics and Psychology), a Juris Doctor from the University of Michigan School of Law and a Master's of Public Administration from Columbia University's School of International and Public Affairs. Ms. Holness leads the efforts of the Office of Fellowship & Scholarship Opportunities to make the John Jay community aware of fellowship and scholarship opportunities and she works directly with students on their application materials.
Elizabeth Cayton Broccoli, JD, Coordinator of Fellowship Programs
Ms. Broccoli is the Coordinator of Fellowship Programs at the Office of Fellowship & Scholarship Opportunities. She holds a B.A. in History and Political Science from Boston University and a J.D. from Tulane University Law School. Ms. Broccoli has lived in the Netherlands where she studied international criminal law and human rights. She provides one-to-one advisement to students and alumnae/i interested in pursuing fellowship and scholarship opportunities.
Richard Ocejo, PhD, Faculty Fellowships Advisor
Professor Ocejo received his B.A. from Fordham University, his M.A. from Queens College and his Ph.D. in Sociology from the CUNY Graduate Center. He has taught at John Jay since 2009. His areas of interest include the interrelationship between culture and economy in contemporary cities. He has conducted research on social interactions in the public space of the subway. Professor Ocejo provides one-to-one advisement to students and alumnae/i interested in pursuing fellowship and scholarship opportunities and he also leads interactive workshops that offer students advice as they prepare personal statements and fellowship proposals for fellowship applications.
Richard Perez, PhD, Faculty Fellowships Advisor
Professor Perez received his B.A. from New York University and his Ph.D. from the CUNY Graduate Center. He has taught literature and theory courses in CUNY since 2001. His areas of interest include U.S. Latino/a and Ethnic literatures; Transamerican and Caribbean literatures; and Post-colonial literature and theory. His publications include an edited anthology entitled Contemporary U.S. Latino/a Literary Criticism (Palgrave Macmillan, 2007), with theoretical essays by some of the most important scholars in the field, in Palgrave Macmillan’s series American Literature Readings in the Twenty-First Century. He is currently working on two books: the first an analysis of U.S. Latino/a aesthetics, and the second a reconsideration of the specter in Transamerican literature. Professor Perez provides one-to-one advisement to students and alumnae/i interested in pursuing fellowship and scholarship opportunities and he also leads interactive workshops that teach students about the fellowship application process.
Francheska Jimenez, Administrative Assistant
Ms. Jimenez is the Administrative Assistant for the Pre Law Institute and the Office of Fellowship & Scholarship Opportunities. She attends Stony Brook University, majoring in English and minoring in Child & Family Studies. She is currently obtaining her certification to be a NYS Teacher. Francheska provides administrative support to the Pre Law Institute and the Office of Fellowship & Scholarship Opportunities and assists students in making use of both offices’ services.