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
  • 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) and can be made 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

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 and email it along with two referee reports to the Institute Administrative Manager, Mrs Abi Espie (a.espie@ucl.ac.uk). Internal deadlines for applications specific to certain schemes can be found below.

  • 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. The British Academy will not make available the online application form or notes of guidance for 2014 until mid-August, when they will also confirm the exact external deadline for submission of proposals. Currently our internal deadline to submit an expression of interest for this scheme is 1st September 2014; this is subject to change once the British Academy deadlines are confirmed.

  • 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.

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.