Institute of the Americas



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-IA 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

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.

The call for applications for 2017/18 is now open with a first stage deadline of Wednesday 18th October 2017. Initially, we ask that applicants first contact Dr Paulo Drinot (paulo.drinot@ucl.ac.uk) to discuss research interests and approach a potential mentor at the Institute, after which the applicant should complete a draft application on Flexi-Grant, the British Academy’s online grant application system (available from 23rd August). The draft application should not be submitted on the online system but downloaded and sent along with one reference letter to the Institute Manager, Abi Espie at ia-manager@ucl.ac.uk by our internal deadline of Friday 15th September.

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. Approximately 100 Fellowships will be available in 2017. Fellowships can be held at universities or at other institutions of higher education in the UK.

NOTE: Applications to this scheme are currently closed. This information will be updated when the process for 2017/18 is announced.

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 in the first instance for an informal consultation.

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.