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. 


 Current Fellows

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Jonathan Alderman

Research Area:  Infrastructure, citizenship and indigenous autonomy in plurinational Bolivia
Tenure:  Sep 2018 - Aug 2019


Jonathan completed his PhD in Social Anthropology from the University of St Andrews in 2016. His doctoral thesis, ‘The Path to Ethnogenesis and Autonomy: Kallawaya-consciousness in Plurinational Bolivia’ examined the Bolivia’s transformation into a plurinational state with autonomies through the practical experience of an indigenous nation, the Kallawayas, in constructing indigenous autonomy, based on their identification and constitutional recognition as a nation. Jonathan has previously studied an MA in Latin American Studies and a BA in Philosophy, and it is perhaps his undergraduate studies that have contributed to his research interests in indigenous conceptions of autonomy and living well. Prior to joining ILAS, Jonathan taught Social Anthropology at the University of St Andrews.

Jonathan’s current research interests centre around researching infrastructural projects as mediators of indigenous peoples’ relationships with the state. During his time at ILAS, Jonathan will work on a project titled ‘Infrastructure, citizenship and indigenous autonomy in plurinational Bolivia’. This will include work towards the publication of articles based on previous research and the organisation of a conference titled ‘Disagreement: perspectives on politics from the Latin America’, to take place in Spring 2019





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Dr Katerina Chatzikidi

Research Area:  Pentecostalism and Quilombola Land Struggle: A Negative Affinity?
Tenure:  Sep 2018 - Aug 2019


Katerina is a social anthropologist (DPhil, University of Oxford) with a main area focus on Brazil. Her thesis, ‘Children of the land and children of the Saint: Religion, heritage, and territoriality in a Brazilian quilombo’, focused on quilombola grassroots organisation around land in Maranhão state. Her doctoral research formed part of the joint research project ‘Currents of faith, places of history’, funded by the Humanities in the European Research Area (HERA) consortium. As 2018/19 Stipendiary Fellow at ILAS, she will explore questions of religion and politics in a compound of Black rural quilombo communities in the Brazilian Northeast. She is particularly interested in the religious transformations that are underway and in exploring the principal forms of negotiation between shifting socio-political regimes. Dr Chatzikidi is also Postdoctoral Associate at the Institute of Social and Cultural Anthropology, University of Oxford, and has been Visiting Researcher at the National Museum (UFRJ).



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Dr Vikram Tamboli

Research Area:  Black Powers and Bush Work: Rumor, Race, and Trafficking in the Essequibo, 1763 to the Present
Tenure:  January 2019 - May 2019


To follow






2019 / 2020 Stipendiary Fellowship 

About the scheme

ILAS' Stipendiary Fellowship Scheme offers funding to support Early Career Scholars in Latin America and Caribbean Studies for periods of between three and eight months.

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 by 11.59pm (UK time) on the stated deadline.  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:



Former Fellows


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

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

 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

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