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. To learn more about the program and how to apply, view this FAQ.

2022 Program Details

Key application dates

  • The application portal opens on June 7, 2021.
  • The application deadline is Aug. 25, 2021.

Award eligibility

Candidates must meet all of the following eligibility requirements for the 2022 application process:

  • Must have been awarded a Ph.D. and/or M.D. degree between June 7, 2016, and Feb. 1, 2022.
    • 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.
    • M.D. candidates whose degree was completed prior to June 7, 2016, may contact the program office for a discussion about eligibility.
  • May not have started postdoctoral training in the U.S. prior to Jan. 1, 2021.  
  • Must have a sponsorship commitment from a lab in the U.S. to conduct postdoctoral research in order to complete the application.
  • Applicants will not be considered if they have completed graduate work with their proposed Pew sponsor.
  • As part of their application materials, applicants are required to submit a written statement describing how they will further their research career in Latin America after the Pew fellowship and support the development of scientific communities and infrastructure there.
  • At the time of application, candidates are not required to have a commitment of a position and laboratory space after the fellowship.

Application review

The 32nd class of Pew Latin American Fellows will be selected after a competitive review process in April 2022. 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 2022 class of Pew Latin American fellows by April 2022. 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 2022.

Terms of the Award

Sponsoring lab

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.

Funding terms

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 onlyfor 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:

  • Have a confirmed research position and laboratory space in Latin America
  • Submit a written request to Pew at least four months prior to the fellowship end date

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.

Sponsoring lab responsibilities

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 reports

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.  

Annual meeting attendance

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.

National Advisory Committee

Current members of the program's National Advisory Committee include the following: 

Chair:

Nogales, Eva, Ph.D.
Investigator, Howard Hughes Medical Institute
Professor, Department of Biochemistry and Molecular Biology
University of California, Berkeley

Members:

Bezanilla, Francisco, Ph.D.
Lillian Eichelberger Cannon Professor
Department of Biochemistry and Molecular Biology
University of Chicago

Bustamante, Carlos, Ph.D.
Professor of Chemistry, Physics and Molecular and Cell Biology
The Raymond and Beverly Sackler Professor in Biophysics
University of California, Berkeley

Corvera, Silvia, M.D.
Professor, Program in Molecular Medicine
Endowed Chair in Diabetes Research
University of Massachusetts Medical School

De Robertis, Edward, M.D., Ph.D.
Investigator, Howard Hughes Medical Institute
Norman Sprague Professor of Biological Chemistry
University of California, Los Angeles

Fontoura, Beatriz, Ph.D.
Professor of Cell Biology
University of Texas Southwestern Medical Center

Gilbert, Charles D., M.D., Ph.D.
Arthur and Janet Ross Professor
Laboratory of Neurobiology
The Rockefeller University

Harris, Eva, Ph.D.
Professor, Division of Infectious Diseases and Vaccinology
Director, Center for Global Public Health
University of California, Berkeley

Parada, Luis F., Ph.D. 
Albert C. Foster Chair
Director, Brain Tumor Center
Memorial Sloan Kettering Cancer Center

Pendergast, Ann Marie, Ph.D. 
Anthony R. Means Cancer Biology Professor
Vice Chair, Department of Pharmacology and Cancer Biology
Duke University

Rothlin, Carla, Ph.D.
Dorys McConnell Duberg Professor of Immunobiology
Yale University School of Medicine

Sabatini, David D., M.D., Ph.D.
Professor and Chairman, Department of Cell Biology
New York University School of Medicine

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O Programa de Bolsas de Ciências Biomédicas Pew para a América Latina financia o pós-doutorado de cientistas em instituições de ponta nos Estados Unidos. Através do programa, a Pew Charitable Trusts já ajudou mais de 200 jovens pesquisadores de destaque, fortalecendo a comunidade científica global. Bolsistas que concluírem os dois anos do programa e voltarem à América Latina recebem uma doação para abrir seu próprio laboratório. De cada 10 participantes, 7 aproveitam esse incentivo e estão trabalhando com desafios regionais e globais em todo o continente.