The Center was very honored to host Jose Maria Aznar as the 2004-2005 Peltason Lecturer and a Chancellor’s Distinguished Fellow, April 4, 2004. Prime Minister of Spain Aznar came as CSD's guest thanks to the personal invitation of former Ambassador to Spain, George Argyros. Proceeds from a dinner for the Prime Minister hosted by the Ambassador provided funding for the Aznar-Argyros Fellowships for the period 2006-2010.
These fellowships provided support for students who entered the Ph.D. program in sociology or political science at UC Irvine.
- Fall 2009: Danvy Le, BA, CSU Fresno
- Fall 2008: Benjamin Thomas, BA, UC San Diego
- Fall 2007: Elizabeth Sowers, BA, UC Santa Barbara
- Fall 2006: Kristine Coulter, BA, University of Minnesota, Twin Cities
- Fall 2006: Jared Olesen, BS, Illinois State University
- Fall 2006: Kimberly Shella, BA Oberlin College; MA, Georgetown University