Billie Lozano Visiting Scholar Program


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2023-24 Billie Seddon Lozano Visiting Scholar Program


To celebrate and honor the life of Lilian (Billie) Seddon Lozano, the Center for Latin American Studies (CLAS) at the University of Pittsburgh is launching the Billie Seddon Lozano Visiting Scholar Program. The Program awards up to two short-term fellowships annually to scholars in the arts, humanities, social sciences, and natural sciences engaged in research projects on Latin America and the Caribbean for stays of one month during the calendar year.

Visiting scholars are expected to devote their time to research at the Eduardo Lozano Latin American Collection at the University Library System (ULS), and to engage in CLAS’s scholarly activities during their stay. At the end of their stay, fellows are expected to present their work to CLAS scholarly community and to help strengthening the Library’s Latin American Collection by identifying publications within their area of knowledge to be recommended for acquisition by the library.

Applications developing any topic on Latin America and the Caribbean are accepted. For the 2023-2024 calendar year, priority will be given to proposals focusing on the Amazon region. Applications from residents of Latin American and Caribbean countries and underrepresented groups are especially welcomed. 

Applicants must hold a Ph.D. degree or be in the final stages of writing their PhD dissertation. Applications can be submitted in Spanish, Portuguese, or English.

For full consideration, applications must be received by March 1, 2023. Results are expected to be released by April 2023. All candidates must apply online to submit materials, by clicking here.  

  •     Cover letter, indicating:
    •  the preferred month for the stay during the academic year (September 1, 2023 to April 30, 2024)
    • title of the proposed research project
    • a statement explaining why the Eduardo Lozano Latin American Collection would be relevant for its development.
  •     Curriculum vitae 
  •     A description of the proposed research (up to 2,000 words) 
  •     One letter of recommendation, if the applicant is a graduate student. 

The grant will cover transportation and visa costs (if applicable) and a stipend of $2,500 to pay for maintenance and housing.   Fellows are expected to stay in Pittsburgh during the length of the Program.

Recipients must acknowledge the assistance of the Center for Latin American Studies, University Center for International Studies, University of Pittsburgh, providing support for the grant in any publication, or other product resulting from research supported by this grant.  Fellows will work with the Office of International Services to obtain immigration documents that will be used to apply for a visa at a US Embassy or Consulate.

For more information, please contact:

Manuel A. Román-Lacayo, PhD
Associate Director
Center for Latin American Studies