Fellowships


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 (a.espie@ucl.ac.uk) 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 the following postdoctoral fellowship schemes.

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

To submit your expression of interest for any of these schemes, please complete this application form (Word doc) and email it along with two referee reports to Oscar Martinez at UCL-Institute of the Americas (o.martinez@ucl.ac.uk).

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.

The deadline for applications to this scheme has now passed.


  • British Academy Postdoctoral Fellowship

The aim of the British Academy in making these awards is to offer opportunities for outstanding early career researchers to strengthen their experience of research and teaching in a university environment which will develop their curriculum vitae and improve their prospects of obtaining permanent lecturing posts by the end of the Fellowship. The primary emphasis is on completion of a significant piece of publishable research, which will be assisted by full membership of an academic community of established scholars working in similar fields.

The British Academy runs a two stage application process each year, with the deadline for outline applications falling in early October and for the second stage in February or early March the following year, for Fellowships to be taken up at the beginning of the following academic year. Our internal deadline to submit an expression of interest for this scheme is 7th September 2015. The British Academy deadline is 5pm on 7th October 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 4th January 2016; 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

The British Academy is calling for applications for Newton Mobility Grants under the Newton Fund. The Newton Fund is an initiative that aims to develop the long-term sustainable growth and welfare of partner countries through building research and innovation capacity, and forms part of the UK’s Official Development Assistance commitment.

Applications are welcome from the following Newton Fund Partner Countries: Mexico, Malaysia, South Africa, and Thailand. This scheme helps strengthen the research and innovation capacity of researchers from Partner Countries by facilitating exchanges of researchers. Applicants should be researchers from academic establishments or government-funded research institutes.

Awards last for one year and are available to support researchers across the social sciences and humanities. Applications must include a researcher from the UK and a researcher from an eligible partner country. Awards will cover costs for travel, subsistence and research expenses. The grant must be based around a joint research project.

Please note: opportunities vary depending on the Newton Fund partner country. Please check the relevant scheme notes for each country for further information and a full break down of costs.

The closing date is Wednesday, 16 September 2015, 5pm (UK time).

For more information on this call, eligibility and how to apply, visit: http://www.britac.ac.uk/funding/…/Newton_Mobility_Grants.cfm

There are other funding opportunities, for other countries, and from other funding bodies under the Newton Fund. Please see http://www.newtonfund.ac.uk/ for further information.


  • British Academy Newton Advanced Fellowships

The British Academy is calling for Newton Advanced Fellowship applications under the Newton Fund. The Newton Fund is an initiative that aims to develop the long-term sustainable growth and welfare of partner countries through building research and innovation capacity, and forms part of the UK's Official Development Assistance commitment.

Newton Advanced Fellowships provide mid-career researchers with an opportunity to develop the research strengths and capabilities of their research group or network through training, collaboration and reciprocal visits with a partner in the UK. Applications are welcome from the following Newton Fund Partner Countries: Mexico, Malaysia, and Thailand.

The closing date is Wednesday, 16 September 2015, 5pm (UK time).

Awards last for one or two years (depending on the country) and are available to support researchers across the social sciences and humanities.

Funding is available for:

  • A salary top up for the principal applicant from the Newton Fund Partner Country.
  • Research support to cover costs for studentships, staff, consumables or equipment.
  • Travel and subsistence to cover travel costs of the UK partner to the international partner and/or travel of the international partner to the UK.
  • Training to support the career development of the applicant and their research group or network.

Please note: Opportunities vary depending on the Newton Fund partner country. Please check the relevant scheme notes for each country for further information and a full break down of costs.

Applicants must be no more than 15 years post PhD; hold a contract (permanent or fixed-term, depending on partner country requirements) in an eligible university or research institute outside the UK, which must span the duration of the project; and have a UK based collaborator as their co-applicant.

For more information on this call, eligibility and how to apply, visit: www.britac.ac.uk/newton-advanced-fellowships

There are other funding opportunities, for other countries, and from other funding bodies under the Newton Fund. Please see http://www.newtonfund.ac.uk/ for further information.


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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