November 2011 · New York

In November 2011, The New School is kicking off the first edition of the President Nestor Kirchner Fellowship. From 103 applicants from across Latin America, 3 individuals were awarded Fellowships based on their commitments to academia and public service.

The New School’s and Universidad Nacional de San Martín‘s President Néstor Kirchner Fellowship, managed by the Observatory on Latin America (OLA/The New School), is focused on supporting the training of leaders in South America, working in political/social and academic fields. The Fellowship consists of an exchange of ideas and experiences between the Fellow and academics, politicians, and civil society actors in the city of New York. Meetings in New York are arranged based on the academic work presented by the Fellow.

The Evaluation Committee of this first edition of the Fellowship, consisting of over 50 experts from North and South America from a variety of academic fields, emphasized the academic excellence, commitment to public service and relevance of the issues raised by candidates. It also highlighted the broad spectrum of professional fields of the candidates and the originality of their approach on issues such as international economic management, regional integration, UNASUR, human rights, social movements, media, democracy, education, local development, health, activism, fight against drugs, violence, NGOs and others.

One Fellowship was awarded to Lucila Rosso of Argentina and will take place in New York from Nov 7 -20, 2011. Rosso holds a Law degree from Universidad de Buenos Aires and is a Master’s candidate in International Relations and Negotiations candidate at the Facultad Latinoamericana de Ciencias Sociales (FLACSO), Universidad de San Andrés and Universidad de Barcelona. She worked at the Ministry of Foreign Affairs and International Trade, the Security Ministry and the Ministry of Justice and Human Rights. Her paper focused on the prepayment of outstanding balances to the IMF by Brazil and Argentina. She will present her paper in a Public Lecture on November 16th. For more details please visit Future Activities.

In February 2012, we will welcome the other two Fellowship recipients to New York. Erika Paredes won one of the Fellowships, and her paper is entitled “The Union of South American Nations: at the onset of a socio-regional integration.” Paredes earned her Masters in Development Studies from the Graduate Institute of International and Development Studies, Geneva, Switzerland. She holds a BA in International Studies, with concentration in international trade, from the Universidad de Azuay, Ecuador. Currently, she works at the United National Development Programme in Ecuador.

Mauricio Rocha is from Brazil and was awarded the third Fellowship. His paper focused on Democracy and Foreign Policy in Brazil. He is a journalist and PhD in Political Science from the Instituto Universitário de Pesquisas do Rio de Janeiro. He worked as a reporter for Globo Network and as an international cooperation officer at the Brazilian Institute of Social Analysis. He also worked at the Ministry of Development, Industry and Foreign Trade and was a member of the Brazilian National Youth Council.

During their time in New York, among other activities, the Fellows will present their work in a lecture open to the public. Please visit Future Activities for more details.

This program is supported by the Julian Studley Foundation.



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