The Pew Latin American Fellows Program was established in 1990. Since then, Pew has helped advance the scientific careers of more than 200 past and present Pew fellows. Former Pew fellows can be found in leadership roles in research institutes throughout Latin America, where they are contributing to a vibrant and successful interdisciplinary scientific community. The 29th class of Pew Latin American fellows will be selected after a competitive review process in April 2019. Ten fellowship awardees will be chosen and a grant will be issued by The Pew Charitable Trusts to their sponsoring institutions in the United States by August 2019. Applications for the 2019 awards are now open.
For the 2019 application process, applicants must have been awarded a Ph.D. and/or M.D. degree by February 2019 but not for more than five years prior to July 11, 2019. Preference will be given to applicants who received their undergraduate and graduate degrees from institutions in Latin America. Applicants may have obtained their undergraduate or graduate degrees from a school outside of Latin America but preferably not in the United States. Applicants may not have had previous postdoctoral training in the United States in excess of 18 months prior to July 11, 2019. Applicants will not be considered if they have completed graduate work with a proposed sponsor. Applicants are required to submit a written statement of intent to return to Latin America. To apply, candidates are not required to have a commitment of a research position and laboratory space after the fellowship. However, in order to obtain the $70,000 portion of the award at the end of the fellowship period for the purchase of supplies and equipment to establish a laboratory in Latin America, Pew fellows must obtain a written commitment of a position and laboratory space at least 4 months before the end date of the Pew grant.
After the application deadline is passed, submitted applications will be reviewed by the Regional Selection Committee. The regional committees will invite finalists in their region to interview in person with the committee members. Each committee will nominate six candidates to Pew. The nominated candidates will be further reviewed by the National Advisory Committee in the United States, which will then make the final selection of the 2019 fellows by April 2019. Salary support from Pew for chosen fellows will begin August 2019.
Applicants must identify and confirm a postdoctoral position in the laboratory of an established principal investigator (sponsor) in advance of applying. Many excellent scientists in major research institutions in the United States are interested in having Pew Latin American fellows come to their labs for postdoctoral training. For assistance in identifying possible sponsors, potential applicants may e-mail the program office, at firstname.lastname@example.org. A list of potential postdoctoral positions can be found here.
The Pew fellowship provides a $30,000 salary stipend in each of two years and an additional $70,000 payment to the sponsoring institution when the fellow confirms plans to return to Latin America. The Pew salary support is for 24 months; however, if the sponsor is able and willing to provide continued salary and benefits for the fellow beyond the two years, a request may be made to Pew to extend the time period of the fellowship up to 36 additional months. The $70,000 portion of the award is for the purchase of supplies and equipment to help establish his or her independent laboratory upon the fellow's return to Latin America. At the time of application, candidates are not required to have a commitment of a position and laboratory space after the fellowship. However, applicants must submit a written statement of their intent to return to Latin America to continue their research career after the fellowship. To receive the $70,000 portion of the award, the fellow must have a confirmed research position and laboratory space in Latin America and submit a written request to Pew at least four months prior to the fellowship end date. If the fellow does not plan to return to Latin America by the end of the fellowship, he or she will forfeit the $70,000 portion of the grant. No indirect costs are allowed.
To ensure that fellows are compensated equitably with other postdoctoral trainees in their sponsors’ laboratories, the proposed sponsor must commit to providing two years of medical benefits and supplemental compensation to meet NIH suggested salary guidelines for postdoctoral fellows. Supplemental compensation to meet NIH suggested salary guidelines for postdoctoral fellows can be found here. If the sponsor is willing to provide continued employment with salary and benefits for the fellow beyond two years, a request may be made to Pew to extend the time period of the fellowship up to 36 additional months. The maximum time period of the Pew fellowship is 60 months. If the fellow does not return within the 60 month time period the $70,000 portion of the award is relinquished. A proposed sponsor may not commit to more than one applicant per year.
Annual progress and financial reports during the entire grant period are required. A brief final narrative report is required one year following the fellow's return to Latin America. Fellows are required to attend an annual meeting in March of each of the two years, and a third meeting to present a brief scientific presentation.
Current members of the program's National Advisory Committee include the following:
You may also view a list of the Regional Nominating Committees (PDF) for the Pew Latin American Fellows Program in the Biomedical Sciences.