Institute of Latin American Studies – ILAS Weekly Digest

Week of March 13th, 2020


1. International Fellowships – Urban Studies Foundation

Applications are invited to the USF International Fellowship scheme for urban scholars from the Global South. The Fellowship covers the costs of a sabbatical period at a university of the candidate’s choice in the Global North or South for the purpose of writing-up the candidate’s existing research findings in the form of publishable articles and/or a book under the guidance of a chosen mentor in their field of study. Funding is available for a period ranging between 3-9 months, and the proposed research may comprise any theme pertinent to a better understanding of urban realities in the Global South.


Applicants must be early-to-mid career urban scholars with a PhD obtained within the preceding 10 years (by the submission deadline) who currently work in a university or other research institution within the Global South. Candidates must also be nationals of a country in the Global South, defined as any country on the present OECD list of ODA recipients (2018-2020).


The candidate must make suitable arrangements to be mentored by a suitably experienced senior urban scholar at the candidate’s chosen research institution. Further Particulars are available to download here.


The financial support attached to the fellowship will meet accommodation and subsistence needs while staying at the host university, return (economy class) air fare, and assistance towards research costs (including any enrolment fees and other resource costs). There is also a small budget available for the mentor to assist the Fellow to meet their intended research aims should this be appropriate. Shortlisted candidates may also apply for a small amount of limited extra-ordinary care costs, for example to support any additional care costs for dependent person(s) incurred during the sabbatical. Fellowships may begin from summer 2020, but must start no later than one year after the application deadline (i.e. before 30th April 2021). Applicants are expected to be notified of an outcome normally within four weeks of the application deadline (i.e. by end of May 2020).


Candidates must complete the online application form no later than 30th April 2020 (by 23:59 GMT, UK time).

The application must include:

  • Applicant information including: contact details, recent education, recent academic roles, and the names and contact details of two academic referees. Both referees should be prepared to submit blind letters of recommendation to the Urban Studies Foundation upon request.
  • Fellowship proposal information including dates, mentorship and host institution arrangements.
  • A draft budget with main cost items.
  • A proposal that includes: an outline of the planned research (1200 words maximum), intended outputs (300 words maximum), designation of the host institution (300 words maximum), and a statement of how the candidate’s chosen mentor will support and facilitate the proposed research (300 words maximum).
  • Proof of applicant’s nationality and therefore eligibility for the award.
  • Applicant CV listing academic achievements and publications (3 pages maximum).
  • Short CV from the mentor which includes any previous mentoring experience (3 pages maximum).
  • Supporting letter from the prospective mentor stating their willingness to act as a mentor to the fellow, and indicating the suitability of the host institution for the proposed sabbatical study (2 pages maximum).

All candidates should consult the Further Particulars document below before applying to the scheme.

Candidates wishing to discuss their application informally, or with questions regarding the online application process, should contact USF Director of Operations Joe Shaw: joe.shaw@glasgow.ac.uk.

For more information, click here.

2. Richard E. Greenleaf Fellows 2020-2021 – Tulane University

The Latin American Library at Tulane University is pleased to announce the Richard E. Greenleaf Fellowships to support research at the Library for 2020-2021. Their purpose is to offer researchers who permanently reside in any country of Latin America or the Caribbean short-term residential fellowships to use the resources of the Latin American Library at Tulane to conduct research in any field of the humanities or social sciences.

Up to three fellowships will be granted every year. Each fellowship will cover the full cost of round-trip airfare as well as housing expenses and a monthly stipend to cover living expenses for a period of two to three months, as well as full library privileges at Tulane University. Fellowships are available to any qualified scholar – including independent researchers – who resides permanently in any country in Latin America or the Caribbean (including Puerto Rico and the Anglophone Caribbean). Applications from scholars of any nationality who are permanent residents of any country in the region will be considered, but preference will be given to citizens of Latin American or Caribbean nations, including Puerto Rico. Citizens of Latin American/Caribbean countries currently living outside the region and Puerto Ricans residing outside the island are not eligible.

Research fellowship information & forms: http://lal.tulane.edu/happenings/fellowships

2. Argentine Studies Visiting Fellowship

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 Argentine 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.

3. Research Abroad & Explore the Dominican Republic – Fellows Program

The Fellows Program, an extension of the internship and academic exchange program InteRDom, was developed in 2009 to respond to the  desire of GFDD and FUNGLODE to develop a community of scholars that contributes to the Foundations’ growing body of research on matters of international concern that directly impact the Dominican Republic, complementing the overall mission of GFDD and FUNGLODE to promote academic exchange, generate scholarship, and influence the creation of public policy related to economic and social development both at the national and international level.

We are accepting applications from 2020 Masters and PhD level candidates to conduct high-level research in the Dominican Republic on issues related to the country’s social-economic, democratic and cultural sustainable development.

Research in the Fellows Program will receive:

  • Local advisor and research support
  • Roundtrip airfare
  • Housing
  • Local transportation
  • Local medical insurance

For more information, contact info@drfwllowsprogram.org or visit www.drfellowsprogram.org

4. O’Gorman Program 2021

The Institute of Latin American Studies is pleased to announce the next call for applications for the 2021 Edmundo O’Gorman Scholars Program which provides financing for short-term visits (four to eight-weeks) to Columbia University 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.

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

The application deadline is Sunday, April 5th, 2020.

5. Faculty grants competition for academic year 2020-2021

The Institute of Latin American Studies is pleased to announce its annual faculty grants competition for academic year 2020-2021 (July 1, 2020 through June 1, 2021). Full-time members of the Columbia teaching or research faculty may apply to any of the following grants

  1. Individual faculty research and travel grant: 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. Faculty Research Conference GrantGrants will be made for conferences which promote 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: applications which promise to result in significant publications; applications that contemplate or involve the region as a whole or multiple countries within the region; and especially to projects that are multidisciplinary and involve faculty and graduate students from different units at Columbia.  Cost sharing and co-sponsorship is encouraged. Maximum award is $25,000
  3. Faculty Working Groups/Seminar Series Grant: will made for faculty working groups or seminar series that will draw together faculty from various disciplines in order to explore topics and themes of importance to Latin America. Awards may cover the cost of speakers, materials, and meeting costs. Priority will be given to proposals which involve collaboration with colleagues from New York University, our NRC consortium partner. Maximum award is $10,000

The application deadline is Sunday, March 15th, 2020.  Awards will be announced by the beginning of May, 2020.

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