Institute of Latin American Studies – ILAS Weekly Digest: January 28th, 2019


Carleton College, Department of Political Science, seeks qualified candidates for the Robert A. Oden, Jr. Postdoctoral Fellowship for Innovation in the Liberal Arts, a two-year position in comparative politics, to begin September 1, 2019. The candidate must have a Ph.D. in hand (received less than five years ago) by the start-date of the position. Appointment involves half-time research and writing, and half-time teaching for a total of 5 courses over a two-year, six-term period (2-3 courses per year). Candidates must have as a primary focus Latin American politics, but should be prepared to teach one introductory course on comparative politics each year. The successful applicant will teach middle-division courses on Latin American politics and a seminar in their area of scholarship in Latin America. The postdoc will also be expected to engage with Carleton’s interdisciplinary program in Latin American Studies.

We are particularly interested in candidates who are committed to teaching a diverse student body in a highly selective, liberal arts environment. Carleton College does not discriminate on the basis of race, color, creed, ethnicity, religion, sex, national origin, marital status, veteran status, actual or perceived sexual orientation, gender identity and expression, status with regard to public assistance, disability, or age in providing employment or access to its educational facilities and activities. We are committed to developing our faculty to better reflect the diversity of our student body and American society. Women and members of minority groups are strongly encouraged to apply.

To apply, please visit the Carleton College website https://jobs.carleton.edu and submit an on-line application that includes a cover letter, c.v., one or two sample syllabi, a statement about teaching in an undergraduate liberal arts environment and how you would contribute to a college community that embraces a diversity of people and perspectives as one of its core values, and contact information for three letters of reference. Please send inquiries to Tricia Peterson (tpeterso@carleton.edu), Political Science Department, Carleton College, Northfield, MN. The deadline for applications is February 22.

The Institute of Latin American Studies is pleased to announce its annual faculty grants competition for academic year 2019-2020 (July 1, 2019 through June 1, 2020). Permanent full-time members of the Columbia teaching or research faculty may apply to any of the following grants:

(1)    INDIVIDUAL FACULTY RESEARCH AND TRAVEL GRANTS: Small research grants can be used at any time during the year for data-gathering, books and materials, or other expenses which will facilitate faculty research on Latin America and the Caribbean.  These funds cannot be used for purchasing equipment, such as computers. Awards will be made for faculty travel to any country of Latin America and the Caribbean (or elsewhere when relevant to research on Latin America) to carry out research.  Maximum award is $ 3,000

(2)    INDIVIDUAL AND JOINT FACULTY CURRICULUM INNOVATION GRANTS:  Small grants to facilitate the preparation of a new course or the addition of significant Latin America content (e.g., case studies, documents) to courses already offered. Funds may be used for travel to collect data or other materials, for the acquisition or copying of materials, or other relevant expenses. Maximum award is $2,000

(3)    FACULTY RESEARCH CONFERENCES AND WORKSHOPS: Grants will be made for conferences which promise a broad scholarly impact. Faculty may apply for funding to cover such customary conference costs as honoraria and travel costs for outside speakers, room rentals, and brochures and conference materials. Priority in the awarding of conference funds will be accorded to conferences which promise to result in significant publications.  Grants for workshops are generally smaller, intended to encourage scholars working on a significant issue to exchange ideas, often at a preliminary stage of their research.  Cost sharing and co-sponsorship is encouraged. Maximum conference grant is $5,000; maximum workshop grant is $3,000

(4)    FACULTY WORKING GROUPS:  Faculty working groups that will draw together faculty from various disciplines in order to explore topics and themes of importance to Latin America. Grants may cover the cost of speakers, materials, and meeting costs. Priority will be given to faculty working group proposals which involve collaboration with colleagues from New York University, our NRC consortium partner.  Funding is sufficient to support faculty working groups up to a maximum of $5,000 per group.

Applications must include the following:

1-      Application form

2-      Project narrative of three to five pages in length which describes the nature of the project and its scholarly importance

3-      One-page budget containing a detailed breakdown and timeline of projected expenditures with all sources of additional funding

4-      Applicant’s curriculum vitae.

Please email the applications to eaa2127@columbia.edu by Sunday, March 17th, 2019. Awards will be announced by the beginning of May, 2019.

The Alliance for Historical Dialogue and Accountability (AHDA) fellowship brings together scholars, students, civil society organizations, journalists, educators, artists, policy makers, and others who work on historical dialogue issues for a semester of comprehensive learning and networking at Columbia University in New York City.

The fellowship program begins in late August and ends in mid-December. It is an in-residence program, and you must be able to live in New York for the full length of the program in order to participate.

Details about the program structure and activities can be found on the AHDA Fellowship page. You can also read about past participants on the Fellows page.

Click here to learn how to apply.

Apply by January 31, 2019 at 11:59 GMT.

Lemann Visiting Public Policy Fellows Program 

Program Summary

The Columbia University Lemann Center for Brazilian Studies (LCBS) is seeking applicants for the recently established 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.


Program Benefits & Fellow Support

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)

Application Procedures & Eligibility:

Applications consist of an online application form, a CV, and a Statement of Interest. The application deadline for the current call is Friday, February 1st, 2019[1], for consideration for the following options:

  • Academic year (September 2019 until June 2020)
  • Fall 2019 (August-December)
  • Spring 2020 Semester (January-May)

Academic applicants should have completed their PhD. For applicants with relevant applied experience, a PhD or Master´s degree is desirable, but those without postgraduate degrees are eligible if they possess a minimum of 5 years of relevant professional experience (e.g., in public administration and/or at a nongovernmental organization).


About the Lemann Foundation & the Lemann Fellowship Program

For more information about the Lemann Foundation’s broader Lemann Fellowship Programs please visit the Foundation´s website.

The Laura Bassi Scholarship, which will award a total of $10,000 twice per annum, was established by Editing Press in 2018 with the aim of providing editorial assistance to postgraduates and junior academics whose research focuses on neglected topics of study, broadly construed. The scholarships are open to every discipline and are awarded in December and April:
Spring 2019
Application deadline: 25 March 2019
Results: 15 April 2019
All currently enrolled master’s and doctoral candidates are eligible to
apply, as are academics in the first five years of their employment.
Applicants are required to submit a completed application form along with their CV to scholarships@editing.press by the relevant deadline. Further details and application form: https://editing.press/bassi.html

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