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Opportunities for Visiting Scholars


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 reserch 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. Receipients receive a monthly stipend, housing, round trip airfare, moving allowance, and health insurance.

The competition for the 2014-2015 academic year is now closed. Please check back later for information about the application process for 2015-2016. Additional information about the program, as well as current and past recipients of the Ruth Cardoso Chair can be found on our main page about the program.

Tinker Visiting Professorships

Columbia University is one of five major universities to have a professorship endowed by the Edward Larocque Tinker Foundation. The goal of the Tinker Visiting Professor 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) two courses - a mixed graduate/undergraduate class and a 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.

For additional information please visit our main Tinker Visiting Professorship site.



Each year ILAS selects distinguished academics to visit Columbia University to work on their own research and writing projects. Visiting Scholars are selected through a competitive process on the basis of professional qualifications, the quality of research plans, and the relevance of both to the Institute’s mission and objectives.

For guidelines on the program and how to apply to come to ILAS as a Visiting Scholar, click here (PDF). If you have any questions regarding these fellowship and travel grant programs, please contact Esteban Andrade, Program Manager at eaa2127@columbia.edu