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The 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 the Institute 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.

Our Fellowship programmes allow scholars from across the region to participate in, and enhance, the scholarly life of our community. UCL Institute of the Americas Fellows actively participate in a variety of activities by contributing to the Institute’s events, research and teaching programmes.

Our Fellowships are also designed to strengthen the connections with colleagues and universities across the Hemisphere as well as to promote a dynamic flow of knowledge exchange. 

Details of future fellowships and how to apply for visiting fellowship opportunities can be found below.


Fellowship Schemes

The Institute welcomes expressions of interest for the following postdoctoral fellowship schemes. Internal deadlines for applications specific to certain schemes can be found below:

British Academy Postdoctoral Fellowship

***Applications to this scheme are currently closed. This information will be updated when the process for 2018/19 is announced***

The British Academy Postdoctoral Fellowships are three-year Fellowship awards made to an annual cohort of outstanding Early Career Scholars.

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.


British Academy Newton International Fellowships

***Applications to this scheme are currently closed. This information will be updated when the process for 2018/19 is announced***

The Newton International Fellowships enable researchers to work for two years at a UK institution with the aim of fostering long-term international collaborations. 

The Scheme aims to attract the most promising early career postdoctoral researchers from overseas in the fields of natural sciences, physical sciences, medical sciences, social sciences and the humanities. The Newton International Fellowships Scheme is delivered by the British Academy, Academy of Medical Sciences, and the Royal Society.

The aims for the Newton International Fellowships Scheme are to:

- Support the development and training of postdoctoral researchers at an early stage of their career from any country outside the UK, by providing an opportunity to work at a UK research institution for two years.

- Ensure the best postdoctoral researchers across all relevant disciplines from around the world are supported in the UK.

- Foster long-term relations between Newton International Fellows and the UK research base through the establishment of an alumni programme for former Fellows of this Scheme.

Newton International Fellowships last for two years. Funding consists of £24,000 per annum for subsistence costs, and up to £8,000 per annum research expenses, as well as a one-off payment of up to £2,000 for relocation expenses. Awards include a contribution to the overheads incurred, at a rate of 50% of the total award to the visiting researcher.


British Academy Visiting Fellowship

***Applications to this scheme are currently closed. This information will be updated when the process for 2018/19 is announced***

The British Academy is providing academics based in any country overseas (and active at any career stage and in any discipline within the humanities and the social sciences) with the opportunity to be based at a UK higher education or other research institution of their choice for up to six months. Visiting Fellows will work with colleagues at UK host institutions in order to develop new research collaborations and/or deepen existing partnerships. 

The aims of these Visiting Fellowships illustrate the British Academy’s profound commitment to international engagement and to ensuring that the UK remains an attractive and welcoming place for academics globally. It is expected that approximately 60 Visiting Fellowships will be supported under this scheme with the current call. Through the Visiting Fellowships the Academy aims to: 

  • Enhance and build new links between scholars anywhere in the world and in the UK;
  • Foster opportunities and develop future partnerships for collaborative research in the humanities and the social sciences, and enable academics from across the globe to undertake research and/or professional development with UK colleagues;
  • Strengthen the UK’s research base in the humanities and the social sciences.

Awards of up to £33,000 are available. Funding can be used to support: the subsistence and accommodation costs of the Visiting Fellow; research expenses; travel expenses; and a contribution of 50% of the total award to enable the UK institution to host the Visiting Fellow. Each Visiting Fellowship may last a maximum of six months.


The Leverhulme Trust Early Career Fellowships

***Applications to this scheme are currently closed. This information will be updated when the process for 2018/19 is announced***

The Leverhulme Trust was established in 1925 under the Will of the First Viscount Leverhulme with the instruction that its resources should be used to support 'scholarships for the purposes of research and education.' Since that time, the Trust has provided funding for research projects, fellowships, studentships, bursaries and prizes.

The Trust places special weight on:

  • The originality of the projects put to them
  • The significance of the proposed work
  • The ability to judge and take appropriate risk in the project
  • The removal of barriers between traditional disciplines.

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.

If you are interested in applying to this scheme, please contact Dr Paulo Drinot, Director of Research, to discuss your project.


Other Fellowship Schemes

Further details of the above, and of other relevant Fellowship schemes can be found on the Faculty's Postdoctoral Fellowship Schemes page.