Funding for External Faculty and Visiting Scholars

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

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.

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

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


The Institute of Latin American Studies (ILAS) at Columbia University invites applications for the Argentine Studies Visiting Fellowship. This fellowship provides financing for short‐term (two months) visits to Columbia by scholars and scientists from any discipline who are working in Argentina on the topic of choice for that academic year. The Program is supported by the Foundation for Argentinean Development (FAD); its purpose is to strengthen scholarly ties between Columbia and the academic community of Argentina while fostering research that can inform a broad policy conversation in Argentina and the region.

The call for the academic year 2020-2021 will concentrate on productive development policies, which focus on a particular sector and their potential for promoting economic growth in Argentina. Applicants are expected to have an expertise and prior work on the area, and their proposal should list how they plan to use the resources at Columbia to produce a policy paper to be discussed at the end of their fellowship, which will be published in a working paper series by the ILAS and which will be made public by FAD in Argentina.

For more information and to apply please click here.  Please feel free to forward this call to any scholar in Argentina who may be interested in applying.

The application deadline is Sunday, April 12th, 2020.

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. Click here for the latest call.

  • Liliana Guadalupe Chavez Diaz, Universidad Autónoma Metropolitana: “Viajar sola: Lone women travellers write Latin America”.  January – February, 2020.
  • Benjamin Mayer, 17, Instituto de Estudios Críticos: “Book manuscript”. March – April, 2020.
  • Valentina Glockner Fagetti, El Colegio de Sonora: “Children and Family (im)migration”. May – June, 2020. 
  • Amado Jiménez-Ruiz, Instituto Nacional de Ciencias Medicas y Nutricion Salvador Zubiran; “Validating carotid eccentric intima thickening as predictor of cholesterol mediated aterosclerosis”. July – August, 2020.
  • Antonio Azuela, Universidad Nacional Autónoma de México: “El Bosque de Chapultepec: novedades en los órdenes simbólico, jurídico y territorial”. September – October, 2020.
  • Ricardo Murguia Fuentes, Universidad Nacional Autónoma de Mexico: “Predictors of Early Neurological Deterioration in Stroke Patients and Long-Term Effect Outcomes Using The SPOTRIA Stroke Database”. November – December, 2020.

For a list of past fellows, click here.


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


  • ALYSSON LOREZON PORTELLA, Institute of Education and Research, São Paulo, Brazil.
  • ANDRES ISAAC ROEMER, Poder Civico AC, Mexico.
  • BEETHOVEN HERRERA VALENCIA, Externado University of Colombia
  • CAROLINA PARREIRAS SILVA, University of São Paulo, Brazil
  • CAROLINA RIBEIRO VERONESI MARINHO, Insper Instituto de Ensino e Pesquisa, Brazil
  • CATARINA VON WEDEMEYER, Free University of Berlin, Germany.
  • CINTIA EBNER MELCHIORI, Getulio Vargas Foundation, Brazil.
  • DAMIAN GALVEZ GONZALEZ, Free University of Berlin, Germany
  • DANIEL LUIZ GLEIZER, Independent researcher, Brazil.
  • FLAVIO CONTRERA, Sao Carlos Federal University, Brazil
  • GABRIEL FERRAZ AIDAR, Federal University of Rio de Janeiro, Brazil.
  • GEORGIA RODRIGUES, Rural Federal University of Rio de Janeiro, Brazil
  • JOSHUA FRENS-STRING, University of Texas at Austin, U.S.
  • LARA ALCADIPANI DE OLIVEIRA, Lemann Foundation, Brazil
  • LORENA MOSCOVICH, University of San Andres, Argentina.
  • MANUEL FACUNDO TREVIGNANI, Torcuato Di Tella University, Argentina.
  • NORMA ELIZONDO MAYER SERRA, Independent Researcher, Mexico.
  • OSWALDO GONCALVES JUNIOR, State University of Campinas, Brazil.
  • RICARDO GARRIDO, Cia Tradicional de Comércio, Brazil
  • SUSANA VARGAS CERVANTES, Center for Research on North America, Mexico.
  • TALES ROZENFELD, University of Sao Paulo, Brazil.

For a list of past scholars, 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.