The purpose of this scheme is to provide support to Early Career Scholars with relevant subject expertise to pursue innovative and interdisciplinary research on Latin America and the Caribbean in an environment tailored to such work, free from competitive institutional constraints. The scheme enables the Fellows to engage a broad range of UK and international scholars in their research through the formation of networks and through collaboration in research projects, publications and dissemination events such as workshops and conferences.  Applications for 2018-19 are currently open.  Please see below for further details. 


2018 / 2019 Stipendiary Fellowship - Call for Applications


About the scheme

ILAS' 2018/2019 Stipendiary Fellowship Scheme will offer funding to support Early Career Scholars in Latin America and Caribbean Studies for periods of between three and eight months during the 2018/2019 academic year (October 2018 - July 2019).  

Successful applicants will be based at Senate House, London and receive:

During your tenure you are expected to contribute in a positive way to the scholarly life and community of the Institute.

Please see our Call for Applications for full details.



To apply, please send the following documents by email to ilas@sas.ac.uk by 11.59pm (UK time) on Sunday 20 May 2018.  We regret that applications received after this deadline may not be considered.

  • A complete application form 
  • A short CV (not usually longer than four pages)
  • A Research Proposal detailing the research project to be carried out during the Fellowship (maximum: 2000 words)
  • A Scholarly Engagement Proposal outlining how the applicant would form networks, disseminate research outputs, work across subject disciplines and apply innovative approaches (approximately 1000 words)
  • Two references from appropriate academic referees (further details on references can be found in sections 21-23 of the Call for Applications)


Contact Us

If you have any questions about the scheme, please consult the Call for Applications in the first instance.

If you are unable to find the relevant information there, then please contact the ILAS office:  ilas@sas.ac.uk


Current fellows

Camila Gatica-Mizala

Dr Camila Gatica Mizala
Research topic: Controlling the Body: Decency in Argentina, 1850-1945
Tenure: September 2017 - December 2017

Camila holds a PhD in History from University College London, where she completed her doctoral thesis ‘Social Practices of Modernity: Cinema-going in Buenos Aires and Santiago, 1915-1945’. Before coming to ILAS, she was Teaching Fellow in American Historical Cinema at the University of Warwick for the academic year 2016-2017. She is interested in twentieth-century Latin American cultural history, particularly cinema reception and audiences. During her time at ILAS, Camila will work on the project titled ‘Controlling the body: decency in Argentina, 1850-1945’. This research will explore ideas of decency as well as its connection with perceptions of the body in Argentina. The project suggests that this control was tightly connected to ideas of social hygiene and the moral health of society. The main sources will be behavioural manuals and censorship regulations, in order to explore the different ways in which control and order was exerted over behaviours that were perceived as unwanted and improper.

Camila Gatica-Mizala

Dr Helen Melling
Research topic: Hidden in Plain Sight’: Visualizing Black Subjects in Late Colonial and 19th Century Peru
Tenure: September 2017 - December 2017

Helen Melling (PhD, King’s College London) is a specialist in race, ethnicity and identity in late colonial and 19th century Peruvian visual culture. Her interdisciplinary research focuses on an expansive visual archive of Afro-descendants, stretching from colonial travel accounts of Lima and classificatory projects of the Enlightenment, to Costumbrista iconography and photographic portraiture of the 19th century. She is currently a Visiting Fellow at the Institute of Latin American Studies, where she is working on her first book manuscript, tentatively titled Hidden in Plain Sight: Visualizing Black Subjects in Late Colonial and 19th Century Peru. She has also been invited to contribute to The Image of the Black in Latin America and the Caribbean, a forthcoming companion volume to The Image of the Black in Western Art, published by Harvard University Press.

Camila Gatica-Mizala

Dr Jessica Sklair
Research topic: Impact Investing in Brazil: Reshaping the Latin American Development Agenda in Pursuit of Financial and Social Return
Tenure: November 2017 - May 2018

Jessica Sklair completed her PhD in Anthropology at Goldsmiths College, University of London, in 2017. Her doctoral research explored philanthropy among economic elites in Brazil and the UK, and the ideological foundations for the growth of ‘philanthrocapitalism’ in both countries. In parallel, it examined the role played by philanthropy in the creation of positive identities of wealth, and the building of historical narratives of social responsibility within business families.  Jessie’s current research looks at the financialisation of development in Brazil, with particular focus on impact investment - the practice by which philanthropic investors and development agencies finance social businesses and Bottom of the Pyramid schemes, in the search for both financial and social return. While at ILAS, Jessie will be developing this research and preparing publications. She will also be organising academic workshops on the themes of social investment practices in international development, and private sector and corporate engagement in the Latin American development agenda.


Former Fellows

Dr Giuliana Borea
Research topic: “New Art Worlds”?: The Differential Assemblage of Latin American Art and Paradoxes of Participation
Tenure: November 2016 to April 2017  

Dr Elena McGrath
Research topic: The Devil in the Mines: Workers, Democracy, and Natural Resources in Bolivia, 1970-2000
Tenure: November 2016 to April 2017

Dr Jack Webb
Research topic: Ideas About Haiti and the Decolonisation of Jamaica, 1945–62
Tenure: January 2017 to June 2017

Dr Niall Geraghty
Research topic: A Sign of Contradiction: Liberation and Salvation in the Work of León Ferrari
Tenure: October 2015 to December 2015

Dr Amy Penfield
Research topic: Experiences of petrol in a petro-state
Tenure: October 2015 to June 2016

Dr Kathryn Santner
Research topic: Transpacific Sisters: Art and the Lived Experience of Peruvian and Philippine Religious Women
Tenure: January 2016 to July 2016

Dr Asa Cusack
Research topic: The Bolivarian Alliance for the Peoples of Our America (ALBA) and the Dilemmas of Post-Neoliberal Development in Latin America and the Caribbean
Tenure: October 2014 to March 2015

Dr Hilary Francis
Research topic: ‘Lifting the veil of ignorance’? Cuban teachers in revolutionary Nicaragua
Tenure: December 2014 to July 2015

Dr Michela Coletta
Research topic: Spatializing History, Historizing Space: Nature and Modernity in Latin America
Tenure: December 2013 to July 2014

Dr Kris Juncker
Research topic: Internationalist Cuba: Visual Culture and Cultural Outreach
Tenure: October 2013 to June 2014

Dr Malayna Raftopoulos
Research topic: Tourism and Climate Change in Peru: Adapting a Framework for Action
Tenure: October 2013 to June 2014

Dr Matt Wilde
Research topic: Democracy and Polarisation in Post-Chavez Venezuela
Tenure: October 2013 to June 2014

Dr Rosie Doyle
Research topic: Politiking and the Discourse of Rights in Mexico
Period of visit: January 2013 to June 2013

Dr Ainhoa Montoya
Research topic: Violence and Democracy in Post-War El Salvador; The Political Economoy of Transitions to Democracy
Period of visit: January 2013 to June 2013

Dr Tom Packer
Research topic: Jesse Helms, the Rise of Southern Republicanism and the End of the Old South
Tenure: October to May 2013

Dr Annabel Pinker
Research topic: Getting Round the State: Bypass Politics in the Peruvian Andes
Tenure: October to May 2013

Dr Mattia Toaldo
Research topic: The US Foreign Policy Elite and the Transitions Towards Democracy in the Arab World
Tenure: October to May 2013