Scholars & Fellows

Visiting Professorships
Visiting Scholars
Professional Fellows Program
Edmundo O’Gorman Fellows Program

Visiting Professorships


Columbia University is one of five major universities to have a professorship endowed by the Tinker Foundation. The goal of the Tinker Visiting Professor (TVP) program is to bring to the campus pre-eminent scholars and professionals (journalists, writers, artists, public officials, etc.) who are citizens of Latin America or the Iberian Peninsula as a means of encouraging contact and collaboration.
A Tinker Visiting Professor usually offers to teach (or co-teach) one course – a mixed graduate/undergraduate specialized seminar in his/her field of expertise. The visitor is asked also to give a public lecture. The Tinker Professor will be supported by a stipend, office space at the Institute of Latin American Studies, assistance in arranging Columbia housing, travel reimbursements, and part-time research assistance. Funding can also be made available to support conferences or other events at the University related to the visitor’s fields of interest during or following their semester of residence.
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CAPES, FAPESP, Columbia University and the Fulbright Commission established a visiting professorship for Brazilian scholars in 2009 in honor of the former Brazilian First Lady and renowned sociologist Ruth Cardoso. The Ruth Cardoso Chair is aimed at Brazilian teachers and researchers with proven experience in the humanities and social sciences, with an emphasis on Contemporary Brazil history, anthropology, political science and sociology.
Recipients teach courses and engage in research at Columbia University for one or two semesters, enriching the school´s teaching and research on Brazil, while benefiting from collaborative opportunities and resources at Columbia University. Recipients receive a monthly stipend, housing, round trip airfare, moving allowance, and health insurance. Additional information about the program, as well as current and past recipients of the Ruth Cardoso Chair can be found here.


Visiting Scholars


The Columbia University Lemann Center for Brazilian Studies (LCBS) is pleased to announce the creation of the Lemann Visiting Public Policy Fellows program, a unique opportunity for scholars and practitioners interested in spending one or two semesters at Columbia engaging in public policy-related research, attending and contributing to public programming, interacting with faculty and students, and participating in courses. The Lemann Visiting Public Policy Fellows program is open to those with diverse disciplinary backgrounds related to public policy and social impact in Brazil. Applications are welcome from practitioners with hands-on experiences in public policy through work in government institutions or non-governmental organizations, as well as PhD-holding academics at various career stages.   We especially welcome applicants who bring innovative approaches to studying and/or addressing major social challenges, such as education, public health, socioeconomic inclusion, urban development, and sustainable development.

Lemann Visiting Public Policy Fellows are appointed as Associate Research Scholars. Among the benefits Fellows receive are included:

  • Opportunity to conduct research under the guidance of Columbia faculty
  • Opportunity to publicize the results of their research through on campus events
  • Receipt of a monthly salary from the LCBS, made possible through a generous gift from the Lemann Foundation.
  • Purchase of roundtrip ticket from the Fellow´s city of residence to New York.
  • Office space at the Institute of Latin American Studies (ILAS)

For additional details, please see the full program description

To apply to the fellowship please see the online application form


If you are interested in applying to the Visiting Scholar program, please download the VS Guidelines Information and Application Form.


  • ADRIANO MUSSA, University of Sao Paulo, Brazil
  • ANDERSON ROBERTI DOS REIS, Federal University of Mato Grosso, Brazil
  • BRENO CARVALHO ROOS, Federal University of Rio de Janeiro, Brazil
  • BRUNA LOSADA PEREIRA MUSSA, University of Sao Paulo, Brazil
  • CAIO CASTELLIANO DE VASCONCELOS, University of Brasilia, Brazil
  • CLAUDIO ANTONIO GALLEGOS, National University of the South, Argentina.
  • CLEOMAR GOMES DA SILVA, Federal University of Uberlândia, Brazil
  • CRISTINA TAUAF RIBEIRO, Getúlio Vargas Foundation, Brazil.
  • DIEGO SEBASTIÁN CRESCENTINO, Autonomous University of Madrid, Spain.
  • DIEGO SILVEIRA PACHECO DE OLIVEIRA, Fluminense Federal University, Brazil.
  • FLAVIA SANTINONI VERA, University of Brasilia, Brazil.
  • FREDERICO DE ALMEIDA CASTRO MARINHO, Federal University of Rio de Janeiro, Brazil.
  • JAVIER FERNÁNDEZ SEBASTIÁN, País Vasco University, Spain
  • MANUEL FACUNDO TREVIGNANI, Torcuato Di Tella University, Argentina.
  • MANUEL SANTOS SILVA, University of Goettingen, Germany.
  • MICHAEL TULIO RAMOS DE FRANÇA, University of Sao Paulo, Brazil.
  • MICHELE NASCIMENTO JUCÁ, Mackenzie Presbyterian University, Brazil.
  • NECESIO ANTONIO KRAPP TAVARES, National Bank for Economic and Social Development – BNDES, Brazil.
  • NORMA ELIZONDO MAYER SERRA, Independent Researcher, Mexico.
  • RAFAEL MOTTA E CORREA, Pontifical Catholic University, Brazil
  • ROBERTA ANTUNES CHRYSÓSTOMO DE AVILLEZ, Federal University of Rio de Janeiro, Brazil.
  • ROGERIO SCHLEGEL, Federal University of Sao Paulo, Brazil
  • TIAGO BODÊ, University of Sao Paulo, Brazil
  • VERÔNICA DE FÁTIMA SANTANA, University of Sao Paulo, Brazil.

For a list of past scholars, click here.


Professional Fellows


The ILAS Professional Fellows Program provides Latin America focused mid-career professionals with a one-of-a-kind research and learning community at one of the world’s most prestigious universities and within a dynamic city. The Program is designed for professionals from the fields of government, media, non-profit and business. For researchers with a current academic affiliation (e.g., faculty, postdocs, and graduate students) please see above for information about the ILAS Visiting Scholars Program.

While at ILAS, Professional Fellows play an active role in ILAS-sponsored policy forums, brown bag seminars, and other special events. They are also encouraged to participate in the rich programming offered throughout the University as well as pursue other professional interests across the campus.

Fellows also have the opportunity to develop their respective research areas and interests with scholars and faculty throughout Columbia University, such as the School of International and Public Affairs (SIPA), Business School, Law School, and the School of Journalism.

Columbia’s distinguished academic and research institutions creates a perfect learning environment for Professional Fellows to reflect on their careers, exchange perspectives and acquire new skills and contacts. This experience if further enriched by the diverse organizations and events in New York City, which provide unique opportunities for research, networking, and professional advancement.


As an ILAS Professional Fellow you have the following benefits.

  • Opportunity to conduct research under the guidance of Columbia’s distinguished experts in the participant’s field of interest
  • Access to various University libraries and other facilities
  • Option to audit courses throughout the University with the permission of the course instructor
  • Opportunity to publicize the results of their research

The program fee for an ILAS Professional Fellow is $10,000 per semester. For those affiliated with a non-profit institution, we offer a discounted rate of $5,000 per semester. Please Note that Professional Fellows are responsible for their own travel and living expenses. In addition to program fees, you will need at least $2800 per month for yourself to cover living expenses. If your family intends to accompany you, an additional $1,000 per month for your spouse and $500 per month per child is required.


Those interested in applying to the Professional Fellows Program, please download an application form which includes full details on requirements.


Applications are accepted on a rolling basis, but should be submitted at least 3 months prior to desired start date for the ILAS Professional Fellows Program. Please note that the Columbia University semesters go from September to December and January to May.

For further information or questions please contact:

Esteban Andrade, Program Manager, at


Edmundo O’Gorman Fellows Program


The Edmundo O’Gorman Scholars Program provides financing for short‐term (four to eight‐week) visits to Columbia by scholars and scientists from any discipline who are working in Mexican institutions of higher education. The Program is supported by the National Council on Science and Technology (CONACYT) of Mexico; its purpose is to strengthen scholarly ties between Columbia and the academic and research community of Mexico. Its name honors Edmundo O’Gorman (1906‐1995), one of the most influential Mexican historians of the twentieth century.

More details about the program and how to apply (PDF).

  • VIRGINIA ASPE, Universidad Panamericana: “Culture and education in Latin America”.  January – March, 2018.
  • JUAN ESPINDOLA, Centro de Investigación y Docencia Económicas (CIDE): “Educational justice and private schooling.” March – April, 2018.
  • COLETTE DESPAGNE, Benemérita Universidad Autónoma de Puebla (BUAP): “Linguistic and identity challenges of return migrants from the US to Mexico.”  May – June, 2018.
  • PAOLA RICAURTE, Tec de Monterrey: “Digital humanities labs as citizen labs: innovation and knowledge production in Latin America.”  July – August, 2018.
  • MARCELA RODRĺGUEZ, Centro e Investigacion y Estudios de la Música (CIEM): “Exploring the life and songs of Maria Sabina.”   September – October, 2018.
  • ARIEL RODRĺGUEZ KURI, El Colegio de México: “Hacia una historia del PRI (1945-1988). Primera dicotomía.” November – December, 2018.

For a list of past fellows, click here.