12 Fellowships That Would Let You Live in Latin America

Aug 14, 2018 • Views -

Do you dream of seeing the world’s highest waterfall, trekking through the Amazon Rainforest, or sampling Incan cuisine? Check out these fellowships that would give you the chance to live in Latin America! Some of the opportunities include fully-funded intensive language study, working as a medical missionary, teaching English in Colombia, and helping Latin American entrepreneurs as they establish their companies. The fellowships are listed according to the amount of experience required, beginning with those for current undergraduates. If one of them catches your eye, be sure to bookmark it to your ProFellow account!

Peace Revolution Fellowship

We provide fellowship programs that are open to all young peace activists who believe that inner peace + outer peace = sustainable world peace. Include venues in Latin America, Asia Pacific, Central America and the Carribean, Europe, Africa and the Middle East and North Africa. The fellowship offers a 2-week intensive training program. The fellowship includes: full or partial sponsoring of airfare, accommodation, catering, local transportation, and meditation retreat fee. Candidates should be 20-32 years old at the time of submitting the application in order to receive the airfare support. Multiple programs – check website for deadlines.

Boren Scholarships

Boren Scholarships provide funding to U.S. undergraduate students to study abroad in areas of the world that are critical to U.S. interests and underrepresented in study abroad, including Africa, Asia, Central & Eastern Europe, Eurasia, Latin America, and the Middle East. Boren Scholars represent a variety of academic backgrounds, but all are interested in studying less commonly taught languages. Max scholarship awards are $8K for a summer program (special initiative for STEM students only), $10K for a semester and $20K for a full academic year. Boren Scholars commit to working in the federal government for at least 1 year after graduation.

The Emerging Markets Development Advisers Program (EMDAP)

EMDAP is a cooperative activity between the U.S. Agency for International Development (USAID) and IIE. Through EMDAP, U.S. current and recent graduates with business, public policy, and international relations backgrounds provide technical assistance and support to overseas organizations in USAID-assisted countries. EMDAP advisers are selected for their background and skills, their leadership qualities, problem-solving capabilities, and communication/analysis abilities for 12 month work assignments in regions including Africa, Asia, Latin America, the Caribbean, and the Middle East. Includes a stipend, housing language training & travel.

Medical Missionaries Global Health Fellowship

The Medical Missionaries Global Health Fellowship offers two recent college graduates, graduate students, or professionals interested in global health an opportunity to gain experience in health care delivery in a developing country. Fellows spend one year in rural Thomassique, Haiti, working at St. Joseph’s Clinic. The Fellowship is not intended to be a clinical experience, but rather an introduction to global health in a resource-limited setting. All living expenses and travel are covered by the fellowship. Medical Missionaries is a non-profit, non-religiously affiliated organization.

Princeton in Latin America

Princeton in Latin America (PiLA) seeks to connect recent college graduates with one-year, service-oriented positions at NGOs and community-based service organizations in Latin America. For all positions, basic professional competency in Spanish or Portuguese is required. In addition to Spanish, French may be helpful for some placements in the Dominican Republic, for those projects serving the Haitian immigrant population. Application interviews are conducted partly in Spanish or Portuguese, and a language-competency evaluation is part of the application. Applications to PiLA are open to U.S. citizens and permanent residents who are recent graduates of U.S. and Canadian universities.

America Solidaria Fellowship

America Solidaria is an international non-profit that places Spanish-speaking international fellows in local nonprofit organizations across Latin America to serve for a year in capacity-building projects focused on education, health, and economic development. Applicants should have a strong desire to implement local projects that build capacity for communities living in poverty and inequality. Candidates must be a U.S. citizen or permanent resident; 35 years or younger; possess a Bachelor’s degree or equivalent; possess professional experience in the NGO/nonprofit/social or public sector; and demonstrate Spanish language ability.

Atlas Corps Fellowship

Atlas Corps offers two fellowships. One seeks global nonprofit/NGO professionals age 22-35 to apply for a paid 6-18 months, overseas fellowship program in the U.S. Atlas Corps engages nonprofit leaders in fellowships at organizations to learn best practices, build organizational capacity, and return home to create a network of global leaders. The other is an English Teaching Fellowship in Colombia for U.S. applicants up to age 50. Fellowship benefits include a living stipend to cover basic expenses (food, local transportation, and shared housing) and health insurance. There are different deadlines by country, check the website for deadlines.

Latin American Fishery Fellows (LAFF) Program

The Latin American Fishery Fellows (LAFF) Program at the Bren School of Environmental Science & Management, University of California, Santa Barbara provides full fellowship support to earn a 2-year Master of Environmental Science & Management degree (MESM) specializing in Coastal Marine Resources Management. The program seeks students dedicated to impactful careers and leadership in Latin America.  The fellowship includes full tuition, a living stipend, $5,000 to cover costs associated with a summer internship, and RT airfare to home country and internship site in Latin America each year, among other benefits.

Boren Fellowships

Boren Fellowships provide up to $24,000 to U.S. graduate students to add an important international and language component to their graduate education through specialization in area study, language study, or increased language proficiency. Boren Fellowships support study and research in areas of the world that are critical to U.S. interests, including Africa, Asia, Central & Eastern Europe, Eurasia, Latin America, and the Middle East, with a focus on studying less commonly taught languages. Boren Fellowship awards are made for a minimum of 12 weeks and maximum of 24 months.

IAF Grassroots Development PhD Fellowship Program

The IAF Grassroots Development Fellowship provides support for Ph.D. candidates currently enrolled in a U.S. university to conduct dissertation research in Latin America and the Caribbean on topics in the social sciences, physical sciences, technical fields or other disciplines related to grassroots development issues. U.S. citizens and citizens of independent Latin American and Caribbean countries (except Cuba) are eligible to apply. The fellowship lasts between 4 and 12 months and includes round-trip travel, research allowance, health insurance and a stipend of $1,500 per month for up to 12 months.

USAID Research and Innovation Fellows

USAID Research and Innovation Fellows are part of an exceptional group of early-career scientists placed worldwide to engage in research and innovation projects with universities, private sector corporations, research institutions, government agencies, and non-governmental organizations. Currently, only students from one of the six participating RI Fellowships universities are eligible to participate. Fellows spend a summer, semester, or year overseas helping solve development challenges through scientific, technological, and innovative research. The fellowship provides funding for placements of 2-12 months.

Agora Partnerships’ Consulting Fellowships

Agora Partnerships’ Consultants act as advisors, strategists, connectors, community builders, and executors to help purpose-driven entrepreneurs in Latin America access the knowledge, networks, and capital they need to grow their businesses. Consultants form the core of the Agora Accelerator program, typically working with 4-6 companies on their growth and investment plans. Fellowships are 7 to 11 months and provide a monthly stipend of $1,750 and other benefits. Ideal candidates have a graduate degree, 3-5 years of work experience, and are looking to transition into the impact investing industry.

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