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 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

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.

Eligibility Requirements

The applicant must:

 - Have a PhD, or applicants in the final stages of their PhD will be accepted provided that the PhD will be completed (including viva) before the start date of the Fellowship. Confirmation of award of the PhD will be required before any Fellowship award is confirmed

- Applicants should have no more than 7 years of active full time postdoctoral experience at the time of application (discounting career breaks, but including teaching experience and/or time spent in industry)

- Be working outside the UK

- Not hold UK citizenship

- Be competent in oral and written English

- Have a clearly defined and mutually-beneficial research proposal agreed with a UK host researcher.

Applicants should ensure that they meet all the eligibility requirements, which are explained in the scheme notes.

Value and Duration

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.

Applicants may also be eligible to receive follow on Alumni funding following the tenure of their Fellowship to support networking activities with UK-based researchers.

Newton Fund

Additional Fellowships will be supported through the Newton Fund, specifically for applicants from Newton Fund partner countries. This new initiative aims to develop 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 Fund countries in the Americas (for applications in the humanities and social sciences) include Brazil, Mexico, South Africa and Turkey.  

Application Process

***candidates are strongly advised to liaise with appropriate members of UCL Americas academic staff between now and March 7 2018 to discuss informally their rationale for wishing to work with the institute to strengthen  their applications. Initial enquiries can be directed to the institute manager, Mrs Abi Espie: ia-manager@ucl.ac.uk***

Application form and scheme notes available from January 2018

Application deadline to apply to UCL Institute of the Americas: March 7 2018,

Please note that your application must be in its final form by this date and ready to submit. This is because, should you application be successful in this internal round, the Institute is required to undertake and submit a costing and risk assessment to UCL Research Services. This requires departmental, and sometimes Faculty approval before reaching UCL Research Services, who then require a lead time to ensure there is an opportunity to make any necessary amendments in time for the Newton Fund deadline.

Applicant deadline to the British Academy: 27 March 2018

Results announced approximately 6 months after the closure of the round

Awards available for start date 1 October 2018 - 31 March 2019

The application form is available on the Royal Society's grants management system.

Visit the Newton International Fellowship website: www.newtonfellowships.org

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.  These Visiting Fellowships are supported by the Rutherford Fund, which aims to help maintain the UK’s position as a world leader in science and research by attracting highly skilled researchers to the UK. Launched in July 2017, the Fund includes more than £100 million over the next four years to support the provision of fellowships for international research talent. 

Aims: 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.

Eligibility Requirements: Suitable candidates for the Visiting Fellowships include researchers active within any discipline within the humanities or the social sciences. They may be talented early career scholars who have only recently obtained their PhD degree; mid-career researchers; or established academics with a considerable track-record of achievement. Candidates need not necessarily apply to develop collaboration with UK scholars active within the same discipline. These Fellowships are open also to applicants who wish to work with UK colleagues in other areas or disciplines (including scholars within the natural, medical, or engineering sciences), in a cross- or inter-disciplinary way.

Value and Duration: 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.

Application Process Applications must be submitted online using the British Academy’s Flexi-Grant system.

Deadline for application to UCL Institute of the Americas:

Wednesday 17th January 2018, 17:00

Please send your completed online application (which you will be able to download) to Abi Espie at ia-manager@ucl.ac.uk

***candidates are strongly advised to liaise with appropriate members of UCL Americas academic staff between now and January 2018 to discuss informally their rationale for wishing to work with the institute to strengthen  their applications***

Please visit the British Academy website for more information: https://www.britac.ac.uk/visiting-fellowships

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.