The Pew Latin American Fellows Program was established in 1990. Since then, Pew has helped advance the scientific careers of nearly 300 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.
Candidates must meet all of the following eligibility requirements for the 2021 application process:
The 31st class of Pew Latin American Fellows will be selected after a competitive review process in April 2021. After the application deadline has passed, submitted applications will be reviewed by regional selection committees comprising former Pew fellows. The regional committees will invite finalists in their region to interview with committee members and select candidates to move on to the next stage of review.
Each committee will nominate six candidates to be reviewed by the program’s National Advisory Committee in the United States, which will then make the final selection of the 2021 class of Pew Latin American fellows by April 2021. Ten fellowship awardees will be chosen, and the grant will be issued by The Pew Charitable Trusts to their sponsoring institutions in the United States in August 2021.
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. Please see the To Apply page for assistance in finding a sponsor.
The Pew fellowship provides a $30,000 salary stipend in each of two years (24 months total) and an additional $70,000 payment to the sponsoring institution when the fellow confirms plans to return to Latin America.
The $70,000 portion of the award is only for the purchase of supplies and equipment to help establish the fellow’s independent laboratory upon his or her return to Latin America. These funds are not to be used for equipment for the sponsoring advisor’s lab. In order to receive these funds, the fellow must:
The $70,000 payment is made to the sponsoring institutions of the Pew fellows, who will use it to purchase equipment while completing their fellowships in the United States and ship the items to their labs in Latin America.
If the Pew fellows complete the first two years of the fellowship and are not ready to return to Latin America, they have the option to receive a no-cost extension of the Pew grant, continue research in the sponsor lab with financial support from the principal investigator, and remain eligible for the final $70,000 Pew payment should they secure a position in Latin America. The maximum time period of the Pew grant is 60 months. If the fellows do not plan to return to Latin America by the end of the fellowship (60-month maximum), they 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 the following:
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 (up to 60 months total). However, Pew will not provide additional stipend support during this time.
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. Funding for subsequent years is contingent upon timely submission of acceptable financial and narrative progress reports and attendance at the annual meeting in March.
Fellows are required to attend an annual meeting in March for each of the two fellowship years, and a third meeting to present a brief scientific presentation. All eligible expenses for meeting travel, lodging, and meals are paid by Pew. The meeting provides Pew fellows an opportunity to present their research and also fosters scientific collaboration and exchange with other scholars and members of the Latin American Regional Representative and National Advisory Committees.
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.