Note: This fact sheet was updated in January 2021 to reflect application and award dates for the 2022 class of fellows.
The Pew Latin American Fellows Program in the Biomedical Sciences provides funding for scientists to receive postdoctoral training at leading research institutions in the United States. Through the program, The Pew Charitable Trusts has supported more than 250 outstanding young researchers, strengthening scientific communities across borders. Fellows who complete the two-year program and return to Latin America to establish their own labs get additional funding. About 7 in 10 of the program’s participants have taken advantage of this incentive and are conducting work on regional and global health challenges across Latin America.
A: Each year, Pew awards funds to 10 of Latin America’s brightest biomedical researchers for postdoctoral training in the U.S., providing a $30,000 annual salary stipend for two years. The fellow’s U.S. lab must commit to offering two years of medical benefits and supplemental compensation to meet the U.S. National Institutes of Health salary guidelines for postdoctoral positions. The maximum duration of Pew’s salary stipend is 24 months; however, if the sponsoring lab is willing and able to provide salary and benefits beyond two years, Pew may extend the fellowship period to a maximum of 60 months.
Participants who return to Latin America and establish independent labs receive an additional $70,000 grant from Pew to purchase equipment and supplies. To receive this payment, a fellow must have a confirmed position and lab space in Latin America at the end of his or her fellowship period.
Fellows also have opportunities to exchange knowledge and collaborate with a community of nearly 1,000 biomedical investigators who have received Pew’s support since 1985. Through annual meetings and other events, fellows meet peers from a variety of scientific disciplines and form professional networks to help propel their careers.
A: For the next round of awards, given in 2022, the selection process will occur as follows:
A: To apply for the 2022 class, a candidate must:
Preference is given to applicants who received their undergraduate and graduate degrees from institutions in Latin America. Applicants may have obtained their degrees from institutions outside of Latin America, but preferably not in the U.S.
A: To start, seek advice from members of the regional committees for the Pew Latin American fellows program. Find regional committee contacts here. We also recommend that candidates:
A: Yes. The program’s regional committee members are ready and willing to talk with interested candidates. Pew staff can also connect you with current fellows and alumni; email firstname.lastname@example.org to request an introduction.
A: Pew surveyed fellows who participated in the program between 1991 and 2011, and found a remarkable record of accomplishment. Learn more about fellows’ successes in the areas of scientific research, training, and leadership here.
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