Visiting Professors and Scholars Opportunities
ILAS typically hosts 20-30 visiting scholars each year. In the 2019-2020 academic year, ILAS hosted 24 visiting scholars. ILAS´s visiting professors and scholar programs enrich teaching and research on campus, while establishing and sustaining institutional links with Latin American universities, research institutions, non-profit organizations, and other collaborators. ILAS has an open call for Visiting Scholars who have secured outside funding, as well as several funded programs, made possible through support from the Tinker Foundation, the Lemann Foundation, the Consejo Nacional para la Ciencia y la Tecnología (CONACyT) in Mexico, and Foundation for Argentinean Development (FAD). Funded initiatives for visiting professors and scholars include:
The Edward Laroque Tinker Visiting Professorship, an endowed Chair since 1971, has enabled the University to enhance its own students’ academic development under the tutelage of some of the region’s finest scholars, while at the same time fostering visiting professors’ own professional growth[MM1] . Each year ILAS hosts at least two visiting professors from Latin America and the Caribbean, selected through a highly competitive process. ILAS has hosted more than 85 Tinker Professors since the creation of the program, including faculty from Argentina, Brazil, Chile, Colombia, Ecuador, Mexico, Peru, Uruguay, and other countries.
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 and its purpose is to strengthen scholarly ties between Columbia and the academic and research community of Mexico. Since the program´s inception, ILAS has hosted over 60 O´Gorman Scholars.
The Lemann Visiting Public Policy Fellowship Program, established in 2017, provides opportunities for scholars and practitioners with diverse disciplinary backgrounds related to public policy and social impact in Brazil to spend a semester or academic year at Columbia. Fellows include 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 who bring innovative approaches to studying and/or addressing major social challenges, such as education, public health, socioeconomic inclusion, urban development, and sustainable development.
The Argentine Studies Visiting Fellowship Program, established in 2020, provides unique funded opportunities for scholars and scientists in Argentina interested in spending two months at Columbia University while engaging in public policy-related research, attending and contributing to public programming, interacting with faculty and students, and participating in courses. The fellowship 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.
Each year, the Institute of Latin American Studies selects distinguished full-time academics to visit Columbia 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. Applicants to the Visiting Scholars Program secure their own external funding.
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.