Rules of the Call 2011-2012

2011-2012 Competition for the Awarding of Three Fellowships 

Organized by: The Observatory on Latin America OLA/The New School, New York; Universidad Nacional de San Martín, Buenos Aires, Argentina

Article 1. Applicants:

Fellowship 1 is only open to citizens born in Argentina. Fellowship 2 is only open to citizens born in another country of South America: Bolivia, Brazil, Chile, Colombia, Ecuador, Guyana, Paraguay, Peru, Surinam, Uruguay, and Venezuela. Fellowship 3 is open to citizens of the countries outlined above (in Fellowship 2), including Argentina. In all cases, applicants must be in the early stages of their careers in both of the following two fields: 1. In academia they must have either completed a postgraduate degree (master or doctorate) within the past fifteen years or are currently working towards a postgraduate degree; 2. In politics, public service, and civil society, they must be either currently working or have previously worked in public service organizations of the state at the national, provincial, or municipal levels, or in a registered non-governmental organizations (NGOs). Applicants must have verifiable experience of a minimum of 4 years and maximum of 15 years in politics, public service, and civil society. Applicants are required to have English proficiency (Internet-based Toefl exam score of at least 100, or equivalent proficiency).

Article 2. How to participate:

Each applicant must submit their Application Form which can be found at the end of this Rules document along with the following three Documents: 1. Curriculum Vitae; 2. Personal Statement; 3. Essay. Document 1 is the Curriculum Vitae and must include an Executive Summary of up to 400 words. Document 2 is a Personal Statement including statement of interest, expected benefits and related future activities, up to 400 words. Document 3 is an Essay written by the applicant which must be about one of the ten following topics related to Argentina and/or South America: 1. International Economic Relations; 2. Democracy and Media; 3. Poverty and Social Policy; 4. Role of the State; 5. Regional Cooperation and Integration; 6. Inequality and Social Justice; 7. Democracy and Human Rights; 8. Promotion of Democratic Political Culture and Education; 9. National Economic Management; or 10. Cities, Design and Local Development. The Essay must be one of the following options: 1. A preview of the applicant’s masters or doctoral thesis currently in progress; 2. A summary of the applicant’s completed masters or doctoral thesis; 3. An analysis or critical interpretation of current or completed work in public or social service, identifying the applicant’s role within this context. In each option the essay should be between 4,000 and 7,000 words. Longer theses will be accepted, but must be accompanied by a summary of the length mentioned above. Under no circumstances will essays written by a collective group of authors be accepted.

All of these documents, the Application Form and the three Documents, must be presented together in two versions: one in English and one in Spanish (or Portuguese). Partial applications, which do not include all documents mentioned above, will not be accepted. The Application Package must be sent by email to This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it before June 30, 2011 at 5:00pm Buenos Aires time or 5:00pm New York time.Compliance with these requirements is obligatory for participation in the Competition for the Fellowships.

Article 3. Reception of applications and required documents:

In order to be considered as accepted, the application form and documents must be submitted in the manner described in Article 2 of these Rules, prior to June 30, 2011 at 5:00pm Buenos Aires time or 5:00pm New York time, sent by email to This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it , and received a confirmation of receipt via email.

Article 4. Evaluation Committee:

From among all of the applications and documents received, the Evaluation Committee will select applicants to be awarded Fellowship 1 (Fellow from Argentina), Fellowship 2 (Fellow from South America, excluding Argentina), and Fellowship 3 (Fellow from South America, including Argentina). The Evaluation Committee can declare one, two or three of the Fellowship Awards vacant if deemed appropriate. The Evaluation Committee will be announced in May 2011. The Secretariat of the Evaluation Committee will be led by Margarita Gutman, Michael Cohen and Ileana Versace.

Article 5. Fellowships 1, 2 and 3:

The 3 (three) Fellows, i.e. the three applicants awarded Fellowship 1, 2 and 3 by the Evaluation Committee, will be entitled to: one economy round-trip air ticket from their city of residence to New York during the dates stipulated in the implementation schedule which is located below in Article 9 of these Rules; lodging in New York for two weeks during the Fellowship; and a one-time payment of U$S 1,000 (one thousand U.S. dollars) for honorarium and subsistence costs, to be given to the Fellow during his/her stay in New York. Fellowship 1 will take place November 6-20, 2011. Fellowships 2 and 3 will take place February 26-March 11, 2012.

The airline and type of lodging used will be decided exclusively by the organizers. It is the exclusive responsibility of the awarded applicant to have the personal documentation necessary for travel, as well as personal health insurance and others.

Article 6. Execution of Fellowships 1, 2 and 3:

The Fellowships consist of a working stay of two-weeks at The New School, located in New York. During this period, each Fellow will attend the following activities, according to a pre-established agenda arranged by the organizers: 1. Seminar to be held at The New School (required): on this occasion and in the course of two or three sessions, the Fellow will present and discuss their work with undergraduate and graduate students and professors from different disciplines (the Fellow’s essay should be distributed prior to the Seminar). 2. Exchange: The Fellow will have exchanges with professors of other universities in New York, political and civil society leaders, based on the interests and profile of the Fellow, with a schedule created in consultation with the Fellow and prepared by the organizers, and with a minimum of 3 meetings. 3. Public Lecture (required): the Fellow will give a public lecture at The New School, with date, location, and time to be determined by the organizers, in which the Fellow will present the highlights of his/her Essay and progress in their activities and their expectations, followed by questions and answers. 4. Visits: the Fellow will visit civil society organizations and multilateral institutions (United Nations, or others), and offices of local government, cultural centers, museums, and public and university libraries. The schedule of these visits will be made in consultation with the Fellow and prepared by the organizers. The Fellow must take part in a minimum of 3 visits.

At the conclusion of the Fellowship, the Fellow must submit a Final Essay between 8,000 and 15,000 words which elaborates on the discussions held and contributions and suggestions received throughout the duration of the Fellowship. The Final Essay must be submitted in English as well as a Spanish version and submitted to The New School (by email to This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it ) by three months after the conclusion of the Fellowship. After the Final Essay is approved by The New School and the Universidad Nacional de San Martín, the Final Essay will be published in a digital version as “Working Papers” of the President Nestor Kirchner Fellowship on the websites of the organizing institutions. Eventually the Final Essay will be published in hard copy. The Final Essay must be original (not published).

The Fellow, as author of the Essay, must remain in contact with the organizers and the Editorial Committee until the Essay’s publication, and must make corrections that are requested by the same Committee, such as providing necessary information and graphic materials, in accordance with the publication schedule. The Editorial Committee reserves the right not to publish those works which do not comply with these requirements during the time allotted.

Article 7. Rights and obligations of the organizers, applicants, and fellows:

The selection of the Evaluation Committee and the bestowal of the two Fellowships is final. The two selected fellows will yield partial or total rights of the Essays presented for publication, reproduction and/or exhibit to the Observatory on Latin America, The New School, New York and the Universidad Nacional de San Martin, Buenos Aires, Argentina. All reproduction and exhibition for commercial purposes is excluded. Selected Fellows may not reproduce nor exhibit the Final Essays of their authorship that are presented in this Fellowship prior to the publication of those Essays on the websites of the organizing institutions. In the case of reproduction or exhibitions after said publication, the Fellows must include in the presentation and different variants of the publication of their work, the following text: “Work elaborated with the support of the President Nestor Kirchner Fellowship, 2011-2012.” Situations not provided for in these Rules shall be decided upon by the organizers.

Article 8. Calendar of the call for competition of Fellowships 1, 2 and 3:

April 20, 2011: Opening of the competition for Fellowships 1, 2 and 3

April 21 – June 15, 2011: Consultation Period: Questions to be sent to This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it .

June 30, 2011: Final date for submission of Application Forms and Documents

September 19, 2011: Announcement in New York of the three selected Fellows and subsequent publication of the announcement on the websites of the organizers.

Article 9. Calendar execution of Fellowships 1, 2 and 3:

November 6-20, 2011: Fellowship 1 (Argentine Fellow) 

February 26-March 11, 2012: Fellowships 2 and 3 (South American Fellows)

The organizers reserve the right to modify the target dates in relation to production and logistical reasons.

Article 10. Presentation in this competition for the awarding of three Fellowships implies complete acceptance to the present Rules.


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