Programs and Funding Opportunities

Opportunities for Faculty/Professionals
Opportunities for Students


Please check our events calendar for a listing of current events.

GREATER CARIBBEAN BROWN BAGS – A lecture series that brings leading scholars, journalists, artists, and public figures to Columbia for seminar-style discussion.

LEADERS OF THE CARIBBEAN – an annual keynote forum that provides an academic space for debate on Greater Caribbean politics, economy and society.

ANNUAL CONFERENCES – The center hosts annual international conferences.

Opportunities for Faculty/Professionals


Columbia University is one of five major universities to have a professorship endowed by the 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) 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 Tinker page for additional information.


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.

If you are interested in applying to the Visiting Scholar program, please download the VS Guidelines Information and Application Form. If you have any questions regarding this program, please contact Esteban Andrade, Program Manager at


With support from the US Department of Education Title VI program, the Institute of Latin American Studies awards grants to full time faculty every year for research and other academic activities. Click here to download application and guidelines.


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.

Program Benefits

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

Program Fee

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.

Applying To The Program 

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

Opportunities for Students


The Institute of Latin American Studies (ILAS) at Graduate School of Arts and Sciences at Columbia University is privileged to receive funding from The Tannenbaum Fund, The ILAS Advisory Board, and the US Department of Education to provide grants and fellowships to Columbia University undergraduate and graduate students. Applicants for admission to graduate studies at Columbia with an emphasis on Latin America are encouraged to consider applying for these prestigious awards:

  • Foreign Language and Area Studies Fellowships (FLAS) for Summer and Academic Year
  • Pre-Dissertation Field Research Travel Grant for Summer
  • Graduate Internship Grant for Summer
  • Undergraduate Internship Grant for Summer

The applications and guidelines for the fellowships and grants are here. If you have any questions regarding these fellowship and travel grant programs, please contact Eliza Kwon-Ahn, Student Affairs Coordinator at