Scholars & Fellows

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.
Please visit the page for additional information.


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.


  • ALEXANDRE GORI MAIA, University of Campinas, Brazil.
  • CIELO ZAIDENWERG, University of Barcelona, Spain.
  • DANIELA STUCCHI DA SILVA MAEJI, Getúlio Vargas Foundation, Brazil.
  • DÉBORA THOMÉ, Federal University of Rio de Janeiro, Brazil.
  • ERNESTO CAPELLO, Macalester College, U.S.
  • ESTHER MENEZES, University of Campinas, Brazil.
  • FELIPE BOTELHO TAVARES, Federal University of Rio de Janeiro, Brazil.
  • FERNANDO AUGUSTO MANSOR DE MATTOS, Fluminense Federal University, Brazil.
  • FILIPE LOPES BARINI, Globonews, Brazil.
  • GONZALO OLMEDO, Catholic University of Cordoba, Argentina.
  • JOSÉ CLODOVEU ARRUDA COELHO NETO, Independent Researcher, Brazil.
  • JOSE GABRIEL PORCILE MEIRELLES, Economic Commission for Latin America and the Caribbean (ECLAC-UN).
  • LAURO EMILIO GONZALEZ FARIAS, Getúlio Vargas Foundation, Brazil.
  • LISANDRO CAÑÓN, University of Santiago de Compostela, Spain.
  • LUCILAINE MARIA PASCUCI, Federal University of Espírito Santo, Brazil.
  • LUIS EDUARDO SOANCATL ZACAMITZIN, National Autonomous University of Mexico.
  • LUIS VELASCO MARTÍNEZ, University of Santiago de Compostela, Spain.
  • MANUEL SALGE, Externado University of Colombia.
  • MYRIAM FERNANDA PERRET, National University of Misiones, Argentina.
  • NECESIO ANTONIO KRAPP TAVARES, National Bank for Economic and Social Development – BNDES, Brazil.
  • NORA PATRICIA FIGUEROA, Autonomous University of Sinaloa, Mexico.
  • PATRICIA RAMOS GEREMIAS, Federal University of Rio de Janeiro, Brazil.
  • PAULO VITOR SANCHES LIRA, Federal University of Rio de Janeiro, Brazil.
  • RODRIGO ROSA, IDB Consultant.
  • SIDNEY NAKAHODO, Independent Researcher.
  • TATIANA ACAR, Fluminense Federal University, Brazil.
  • VIVIANE LUPORINI, Federal University of Rio de Janeiro, 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.

Scholars’ FAQ:

When is the deadline to apply?

    • Decisions are made on a rolling basis during the academic year, however, applications should be submitted at least 3 months prior to the desired start date. Please note that the Columbia University semesters go from September to December and January to May.

What is the program fee?

    • There is a one-time administration fee of $300 for all accepted Visiting Scholars.

When would I know the results?

    • Results can be announced within two weeks of receiving the application.

How long can I stay?

    • Visiting scholars can stay up to one year with the option to extend the visit for one more year, for a maximum of two years.

Do I have access to the libraries?

  • Yes, visiting scholars receive free reading and borrowing privileges from the University libraries.

Can I attend classes?

    • Visiting scholars are not allowed to take courses for credit, but they may audit a limited number of classes with the permission of the instructor. Visiting scholars are not permitted to audit oversold classes.  Visiting scholars are here to work on their own independent research and as auditors are observers to the class.

Can I participate in events?

    • Yes, visiting scholars are welcome to participate in all events organized and sponsored by the Institute for Latin American and all its affiliate programs, such as the Mexico Center, and the Lemann Center for Brazilian Studies.

What housing is available in New York City?

  • Housing in New York City is expensive and difficult to obtain, so be sure to allow ample time to arrange a place of residence. Unfortunately, scholars are not eligible for university housing. Some useful links for your housing search follow:

International House (A residence specifically intended for international scholars and students)

Off-Campus Housing Assistance (Off-Campus Housing Assistance (OCHA) helps Columbia affiliates in their search for rental housing in non-Columbia-owned buildings in the area)

Craig’s List (This online community offers real estate and more) (An Internet market, this site lists sublets and roommates)

Which health care providers does the University suggest?

  • U.S. Department of State regulations require all J-1 visa holders and their dependents to have health insurance, with specified minimum coverage, while in the United States. We encourage you to review the University’s information here

How do I get a Columbia University e-mail account?
  • The Columbia University community is served by CUIT. In order to access and use the University’s computing network, you must have a network ID (UNI) and password. Your UNI and instructions for activating your UNI will be sent to you with your official acceptance letter from the provost.

Where can I find information about local schools?
  • For more information about schools around the area please visit the Office of Work/Life page

How can I find a mentor/faculty advisor?

How much money do I need to bring with me to the United States?
  • Once you have secured a faculty sponsor and been accepted to the program, you must be able to prove sufficient funding for the length of your stay. The University requires a bank statement indicating the amount of funds available in your account. In addition, you must procure a letter from your university or company indicating your status and the amount of funds, if any, it will be contributing to your research. Please note that the total of all grants, savings and salary must be enough to cover the following:

  •    $2,800 per month for the visiting scholar
  •    $1000 per month for a spouse
  •    $500 per month for each child
  •    For instance, you would need to show $4,300 per month if you were to come with your spouse and one child

How can I get mobile phone service?
  • Some carriers may offer student discounts, but it is best to check with the stores owned by the mobile provider directly rather than authorized dealers. Some scholars bring an “unlocked” phone from home and buy a U.S. SIM card from a mobile provider. Here are some Mobile Phone Options

How can I obtain NY State Driver's License/Non-Driver's License?

      • Each state has its own Department of Motor Vehicles that administers the issuance of driver’s licenses. NY State honors foreign licenses for drivers who are here temporarily but you must have a certified English translation. We recommend you bring an International Driving Permit (available only from your home country) to use with your license. The IDP is alone is not valid to drive with. Visit NYS Driver’s License or a Non-Driver ID card to learn how to apply. Also refer to Driving in the United States.

How can I open a U.S. Bank Account?

      • You will need: Passport, Evidence of Columbia affiliation, local address, Columbia ID. Be sure the bank officer is aware that you are a non-resident. You may be asked to complete a form called W8-BEN for nonresidents so your interest will not be taxed. View bank locations in the Columbia neighborhoods. Note that Santander has a branch on the Morningside campus in Alfred Lerner Hall open Monday through Friday from 10 –  5 pm.

How can I obtain an IDNYC?

      • IDNYC is a government-issued identification card that is available to anyone living in NYC who is age 14 and older, regardless of immigration status. Discounts and free membership to 40 museums and cultural institutions. Learn how to apply.