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The UCL Institute of the Americas is a hub for world-leading research in several fields of scholarship, including Politics, International Relations, History, Environmental Studies, Human Rights, Development, Economics and Social Policy.  Research undertaken by members of staff, associates, visiting fellows, and research students spans the whole of the American continent.

The research community at UCL-IA is focused on producing ground-breaking research at the forefront of several academic disciplines while contributing to the development of interdisciplinary and transnational approaches to the study of the Americas. It is also actively engaged in research at the interface of scholarship and policy, engaging a broad range of stakeholders, including government, NGOs, communications media, and civil society, in the UK, the Americas, and beyond. UCL-IA Fellows actively participate in a variety of activities by contributing to the Institute’s events, research and teaching programmes.

Visiting Fellows

How to apply:

Applications should consist of:

  • a completed application form (Word doc)
  • a cover letter outlining the scope of proposed research project to be undertaken while at UCL-IA. This should indicate how your research will contribute to the Institute (such as workshops, publications or seminars that will result from your work) and why being located in Central London will further this work.
  • a copy of your CV (2 pages maximum)
  • two referee reports

NOTE: Funded opportunities available from the Institute will be announced in due course. At the current time any applications will be treated as unfunded by the Institute and therefore upon approval of your application with the Institute, you will be conferred Affiliate Academic status by UCL. The fee for 2014/15 is £4,500 per annum, pro-rata. This is for access to UCL and Institute facilities, such as the library, photocopying, use of space and other resources. A further bench fee may also be applicable.

Applications should be emailed to the Institute Administrative Manager, Mrs Abi Espie ( at any time of the year. Applications will be considered by the Institute’s Academic Staff Committee, which meets regularly.

Current and past Visiting Fellows

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Post-doctoral Fellowships

UCL-Institute of the Americas would like to welcome expressions of interest for Postdoctoral Fellowship Schemes.

Details of relevant Fellowship schemes can be found on UCL's Postdoctoral Fellowship Schemes page.

To submit your expression of interest please complete this application form (Word doc) and email it along with two referee reports to the Institute Administrative Manager, Mrs Abi Espie (

Internal deadlines for applications specific to certain schemes can be found below.

  • European Commission Individual Fellowships

The goal of Individual Fellowships is to enhance the creative and innovative potential of experienced researchers wishing to diversify their individual competence in terms of skill acquisition at multi- or interdisciplinary level through advanced training, international and inter-sectoral mobility.

Individual Fellowships provide opportunities to acquire and transfer new knowledge and to work on research in a European context (EU Member States and Associated Countries) or outside Europe. The scheme particularly supports the return and reintegration of researchers from outside Europe who have previously worked here. It also develops or helps to restart the careers of individual researchers that show great potential, considering their experience. Applicants should contact the potential supervisor as soon as possible and no later than 1 August 2015.

More on this scheme here

  • The Leverhulme Trust Early Career Fellowships

Early Career Fellowships aim to provide career development opportunities for those who are at a relatively early stage of their academic careers, but who have a proven record of research. The expectation is that Fellows should undertake a significant piece of publishable work during their tenure, and that the Fellowships should lead to a more permanent academic position.

The Leverhulme Trust deadline for this scheme is usually early March, however approval by the Faculty at the host institution is required much earlier, as such our internal deadline to submit an expression of interest is 8th December 2014; this is subject to change once the Leverhulme Trust deadline is confirmed.

More on this scheme here.

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Visiting Research Students

UCL-Institute of the Americas welcomes expressions of interest to apply as a visiting research student. Before applying via the UCL admissions process, for which further details can be found here, please contact your potential supervisor at the Institute with a letter of intent, CV and research proposal.

Please note that fees are charged pro-rata at the same rate as a regular research degree at the Institute; for 14/15 this is £4,500 per annum for a UK/EU student and £16,200 for an Overseas student.

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Other fellowships

UCL-Institute of the Americas would like to welcome expressions of interest for the following Fellowship Schemes:

  • British Academy Newton Mobility Grants

    • These grants provide support for international researchers based in a country covered by the Newton Fund to establish and develop a collaboration with UK researchers around a specific jointly-defined research project.
    • These one-year awards are particularly suited to initiate new collaborative partnerships between scholars who have not previously worked together or new initiatives between scholars who have collaborated in the past.
    • Intended to strengthen the research capacity/capability of, and contribute to promoting economic development and social welfare in, the overseas country.
    • Awards might include a range of related activities, but mobility (in the form of visits and exchanges, etc.) should form an integral part of proposals.
    • Partnerships including a training element and involving scholars in the early stages of their career will be looked on favourably.
    • Both a UK-based applicant and an overseas-based applicant are required for this scheme. Both applicants must have a PhD or equivalent research experience and hold a permanent or fixed-term contract in an eligible university or research institute, which must span the duration of the project. 
    • Collaborations should focus on a single jointly-defined research project involving (or lead by) the two applicants. 
    • The overseas-based applicant must be based at a research institution in an eligible Newton Fund partner country, currently Brazil, Mexico, South Africa, Turkey and Vietnam. More information here.

  • British Academy Newton Advanced Fellowships

    • The award enables early to mid-career international researchers based in an eligible country and institution to establish and develop collaborations with the UK with the intention of transferring knowledge and research capabilities.
    • The skills and knowledge gained should contribute to advancing the economic development and social welfare of the partner country.
    • Applicants must have a PhD or equivalent research experience and hold a permanent or fixed-term contract in an eligible university or research institute, which must span the duration of the project, and no more than 15 years of postdoctoral experience.
    • Collaborations should focus on a single project involving an overseas-based researcher (‘the Applicant’) and a UK-based researcher (‘the Co-applicant’).
    • Awards are currently only available for researchers in the following countries: Brazil (in partnership with The Brazilian Council of State Funding Agencies); South Africa (in partnership with the National Research Foundation); Mexico (in partnership with the Mexican Academy of Sciences and the National Council of Science and Technology - CONACyT); Turkey (subject to confirmation of an agreement with the Scientific and Technological Research Council of Turkey - TUBITAK). More on this scheme here.

The British Academy deadline for these schemes is 18th March however UCL-IA's internal deadline to submit an expression of interest is 9am on 9th March 2015.

To express your interest please contact the member of our academic staff that most closely fits your research interests for an initial, informal conversation. 

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