Research fellowships 2020

The Maria Sibylla Merian Center for Advanced Latin American Studies (CALAS) is accepting applications for a tota of six 4- to 8-month Fellowship for Post-Graduate Researchers. According to the CALAS research program, applicants are expected to contribute to the development of new methodological and analytic approaches to understand the changes and crises in Latin America. This may include a revision of Latin-American approaches, theories, and methodologies that deal with crises. Three fellowships will be hosted by the CALAS headquarters in Guadalajara, Mexico and one each by the three regional offices in San José (Costa Rica), Quito (Ecuador) and Buenos Aires (Argentina).


Thematic scope

Latin America has acquired significant experience in dealing with multiple crises. In facing these challenges, theoretical and empirical approaches are generated that are of importance not only for the region, but also for the general understanding and solving of the current problems of humanity. CALAS’s transdisciplinary research program “Coping with Crisis in Latin America” focuses on critical questions of how crises and processes of change are triggered, accelerated, decelerated, perceived, and reflected by different actors in Latin America. What strategies arise in the process to deal with crises at multiple levels? How can new approaches to solving problems, including those of a transregional nature, be effective or institutionalized?

The thematic proposals that are presented must address in one way or another these CALAS guiding research questions and its general approaches. In particular, projects that show interest in more than one of the research axes covered by CALAS and whose academic profile guarantees the interdisciplinary theoretical and methodological approaches necessary for research in CALAS are welcome. In this regard, it is expected that the proposed Platforms for Dialogue will contribute to reflect, deconstruct and decentralize the Western-centered state of knowledge about concepts, dynamics and solutions, and to adapt them to the context of the region.



The fellowship is open to distinguished postdoctoral scholars in Social Sciences and the Humanities. In addition, scientific work and reputation will be valued as well as experiences in the main topic and the quality of the presented project. An effective operational command of Spanish is required.

CALAS is committed to inclusion and gender equality. It expressly welcomes applications from appropriately qualified severely disabled and disabled persons. The CALAS fellowship-program aims for gender parity and is promoting affirmative action policies.

The fellows are expected to be in residence and participate in CALAS activities and events. They will have the opportunity to make use of the resources of CALAS and the respective host institution, including office space, access to libraries and research facilities.

The monthly stipend is EUR 3,000. In case the applicant holds a permanent position, the fellowship can be used to finance a temporal replacement.

In addition, fellowship recipients will receive reimbursement for their round-trip airfare and to travel to one of the CALAS affiliated Centers, where the fellow is expected to present his research in a public conference. Family support and a small amount for research travel expenses to work in libraries and archives will also be available. CALAS is unable to provide accommodation for its fellows but local administrative staff will help in finding suitable places for rent.

CALAS offers two possibilities to publish research results: in the form of a long-essay (pocket-books of about 30-40.000 words), edited by CALAS. If this option is not chosen, fellows are expected to publish their results in at least two academic articles. The search of an adequate publication facility is up to the authors.

At the end of the fellowship, it is expected that the fellows give an account of his/her activities in a five page report.


The following documents are required in Spanish or English:

  • Application form
  • Motivational letter stating why your project is a good fit for the specific fellowship and what your expectations are.
  • Short CV (2 pages) with list of topic-related publications.
  • Copy of the doctoral certificate.
  • Research proposal with research schedule and work plan with a maximum of 10 bibliographic sources (4 pages max/2.000 words),
  • If the aim of the proposal is to contribute to the CALAS essay series: tentative index, abstract, basis literature
  • If the aim of the proposal is to write two academic articles: abstracts with basic literature

Applications must be sent electronically as single PDF via e-mail to; Reference: Research Fellowship Guadalajara


Important dates

  • Deadline: June 3, 2019
  • Decision making: July 31, 2019
  • Beginning of the fellowship: Between January and September 2020

Due to the number of applications, rejections will not be justified.

More information: Dr. Jochen Kemner, Maria Sibylla Merian Center for Advanced Latin American Studies, Tlf: ++ 52 33 3819 3300, ext. 23594,



Monday, June 3, 2019