Visiting Scholars

A departmental committee will evaluate all Visiting Scholar applications. Before sending an application, each candidate should contact a sponsor among the faculty of the Department of Latin American and Iberian Cultures (LAIC) and secure the sponsor’s support.

Applicants will only be invited to conduct research at Columbia University while the department’s fall and spring academic terms are in session, although they may certainly extend their stays beyond the end of a semester. The maximum length of stay will be one year.

The committee will make a recommendation based on the applicant’s CV and other materials. All Visiting Scholar applications should include:

  • A curriculum vitae and a cover letter
  • A statement detailing the research project to be pursued and the academic reasons to choose Columbia University and our department in particular to pursue such project
  • A recent article or writing sample
  • A letter of support that the departmental sponsor will forward directly to the Chair detailing the candidate’s potential contributions to the intellectual life of the department

Application materials should be submitted electronically to our department’s Chair, Professor Bruno Bosteels ([email protected]).

Visiting Scholars in the Department of Latin American and Iberian Cultures are encouraged to participate in the intellectual environment of the department. They are welcome to attend all events sponsored by LAIC and may audit graduate seminars if allowed by the professors. Occasionally, sponsors may invite Visiting Scholars to present their research or offer other such opportunities for them to engage with the department’s faculty and students.

An appointment as a Visiting Scholar at Columbia University is not a paid position and does not provide office space, health insurance, or any housing and lodging assistance.