Apply to be a Visiting Scholar

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Online Application

Program Overview

Each year DRCLAS selects a number of distinguished academics (Visiting Scholars) and professionals (Fellows) who wish spend one or two semesters at Harvard working on their own research and writing projects. Visiting Scholars and Fellows are selected competitively on the basis of the applicant's qualifications, the quality of the applicant's research plans, and the relevance of both to the Center's mission and objectives.

For fellowship holders, the minimum stay is one semester during the regular academic year. Fall term appointments run from September 1 to the end of December. Spring appointments begin in January and end in May. Visiting Scholars and Fellows are expected to be in residence during the fellowship.

Visiting Scholars and Fellows are provided shared office space, library borrowing privileges, access to University facilities and events, and opportunities to audit classes and attend seminars in the Faculty of Arts and Sciences and in other Harvard professional schools.


The DRCLAS Visiting Scholars and Fellows program is open to academics from Latin America as well as Latin Americanist from the US and other parts of the world (scholars). Applications are also accepted from established practioners, such as visual and performing artists, and policy-makers (fellows). Scholars are expected to hold a PhD.

Please note: This is not a postdoc program, current PhD students, and recent PhD graduates are generally not appropriate candidates for the Visiting Scholars and Fellows Program at the David Rockefeller Center for Latin American Studies.

Proficiency in both written and spoken English is expected of Visiting Scholars and Fellows. Each Visiting Scholar or Fellow is expected to present a lecture in English on a topic related to his or her research and encouraged to be available for informal consultation by faculty and students with related interests. All applications materials must be in English.

Application Requirements

Proposals must have a clearly defined project and should address how the proposed project connects to and benefits from Harvard's unique resources (including libraries, faculty, ongoing projects, special initiatives). Materials (including recommendation letters) must be submitted in English.

An interdisciplinary panel of Harvard faculty reviews all completed applications and selects those to be appointed.

A complete application includes the online application, and the following documents:

  • Proposal (limit 3-4 page) -uploaded with application and labeled as follows: if your name is Juana Cortes the document name is "Proposal_Cortes"
  • CV -uploaded with application and labeled as follows: if your name is Juana Cortes document name should be "CV_Cortes"
  • Two letters of Recommendation -sent separately from recommender

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Letters of recommendation must be submitted in PDF format directly from recommenders to: . Please note that recommenders will not receive an automatic prompt.
Applicants are responsible for asking recommenders to send their letters by e-mail directly to DRCLAS at

Availablity of Funding

The residential fellowships cover round-trip travel expenses (up to $4,000 and taxable), emergency-only health insurance coverage (for the foreign Visiting Scholar or Fellow and accompanying immediate family), and a taxable $35,000 living stipend while at Harvard. Appointments are typically for one or two semesters depending on applicants preference, however, the stipend is $35,000 regardless of a one- or two-semester residency. Recipients are expected to spend a full semester on campus (Fall: September-December, Spring: January- May). Visiting Scholars and Fellows may also obtain funding from their own academic institutions, outside foundations or personal resources.


Contact Edwin Ortiz, Manager of Academic Services