Nobel laureate Torsten Wiesel helped establish the Pew Latin American Fellows Program in the Biomedical Sciences, and is chair of the program’s national advisory committee. In this video, he discusses the program’s origins and successes over its first two decades.More info
Meet the 2013 Class
The Pew Latin American Fellows Program in the Biomedical Sciences provides support for young scientists from Latin America to receive postdoctoral training in the United States. The program gives these individuals an opportunity to further their scientific knowledge by promoting exchange and collaboration between investigators in the United States and Latin America resulting in advances in research in Latin America.
The Pew fellowship provides a $30,000 salary stipend in each of two years and an additional $35,000 payment when the fellow confirms plans to return to Latin America. The Pew salary support is for 24 months; however, if the sponsor is able and willing to provide continued salary and benefits for the fellow beyond the two years, a request may be made to Pew to extend the time period of the fellowship up to a maximum of 36 additional months. The $35,000 portion of the award is for the purchase of supplies and equipment to help establish his/her independent laboratory upon the fellow's return to Latin America. At the time of application, candidates are not required to have a commitment of a position and laboratory space after the fellowship. However, applicants must submit a written statement of their intent to return to Latin America to continue their research career after the fellowship.
To apply, potential candidates need to identify and obtain a commitment from the head of a laboratory in the United States for a postdoctoral position. The program office will provide assistance to prospective candidates to identify investigators with similar research interests who may be interested in hiring postdoctoral fellows. For information, potential applicants may e-mail Anita Pepper, Director, Pew Biomedical Programs, at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Applicants to the program are initially reviewed by regional selection committees in Latin America. Final selection is completed by a scientific advisory committee in the United States. Fellows are selected on the basis of their promise as outstanding investigators, as well as the scientific merit of their research proposal, their record of training, and the match of their interests with those of their host laboratory in the United States.
The 2014 application is now closed, as of October 1, 2013.
Click here for a Directory of Pew Latin American Fellows since 1991.
Featured Latin Fellows
2012 Pew Latin American Fellow Natalia Martin studies the molecular mechanisms underlying innate immunity—the body’s first, non-specific line of defense against invading pathogens.More info
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Edward De Robertis, National Advisory Committee member and founding member of the Pew Latin American Fellows Program, has been elected into the National Academy of Sciences. Dr. De Robertis, a native of Uruguay, is the N. Sprague Professor of Biological Chemistry at University of California, Los Angeles School of Medicine and an Investigator of the Howard Hughes Medical Institute—best known for identifying genetic patterns conserved throughout evolution.More info
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