Distinguished Latin American Visiting Scholar Program

Distinguished Latin American Visiting Scholar

Call for Applications 2024-2025 

Deadline: TBD


The Center for Latin American and Latinx Studies of the University of Pennsylvania invites applications for a paid Distinguished Latin American Visiting Scholar. The successful candidate will be a mid- or advanced-career faculty, scholar, or practitioner whose primary institutional affiliation is in Latin America. Candidates are expected to hold a doctorate in the humanities, social sciences, or related fields, although all candidates with eight years of demonstrated leadership as a scholar or practitioner in their field are eligible. Currently, we are particularly interested in scholars and practitioners working on dispossessions of territories, cultural heritage, and bodies; Indigenous populations; Afro-Latin American and Afro-Latinx populations; and restorative, socioenvironmental, and territorial justice. 

A major criterion for being selected as the CLALS Distinguished Latin American Visiting Scholar is to have a member of our affiliated standing faculty serve as liaison and research collaborator. The visiting scholar will be expected to be on the Penn campus for a minimum of four-weeks and up to a semester. The scholarship will pay up to U.S. $25,000 (twenty-five thousand U.S. dollars). This amount includes all expenses, such as honorarium, applicable taxes, visa fees, travel costs, and living expenses. This amount can also be combined with personal resources to extend the appointment to one academic year. 

We particularly encourage applications from candidates who can contribute to increasing diversity in their fields, as a historically underrepresented person in higher education and/or by pursuing scholarship that contributes to understanding issues of diversity, inclusion, exclusion, or inequality, past or present.

Applications, which can be sent in English, Spanish, or Portuguese, should include a cover letter, CV, a research statement including plans for research and activities while at Penn, a writing sample, a budget of up to US$ 25,000, and a budget narrative.  Please collate these materials and upload them to our application portal (To be posted later). Three letters of recommendation, one of which should be from the sponsoring Penn faculty member, should be sent under separate cover via email to clals-upenn@sas.upenn.edu with the following subject line – “Distinguished Latin American Visiting Scholar – [Your Name].” All these materials should be submitted by TBD