PNK Fellowship

The PNK fellowship supported young leaders from across Latin America and the Caribbean who demonstrated an outstanding commitment to both academia and public service.

This Fellowship was inspired by the legacy and achievements of former President Néstor Kirchner during his term as President of Argentina (2003-2007), and as the first Secretary General of UNASUR (2010).

Between 2011 and 2018, the PNK Fellowship was awarded to 24 young Latin American leaders from 10 different countries who have demonstrated a commitment to both academia and public service.




Fellows 2011-2012:

Fellows 2012-2013:

Fellows 2013-2014:

Fellows 2014-2015:

Fellows 2015-2016:

Fellows 2016-2017:

Fellows 2017-2018:

You can access each fellow’s information with more detail here


About the Fellowship

Between 2011 and 2018 more than 760 young people from all Latin American countries applied to the Fellowship. A total of 24 fellowships and 29 honorable mentions were awarded. The selected fellows came from the following countries: 7 from Argentina, 6 from Brazil, 3 from Mexico, 2 from Peru, 2 from Colombia, 1 from Bolivia, 1 from Cuba, 1 from Ecuador and 1 from Uruguay. The evaluation process took part in three successive rounds, in which 59 specialists from Argentina, Bolivia, Brazil, Chile, Colombia, Costa Rica, Cuba, Dominican Republic, Ecuador, Haiti, Mexico, Paraguay, Peru, United States, Uruguay and Venezuela, participated as jurors.

The Fellowship consisted of a two-week stay at The New School university in New York, where the Observatory on Latin America would arrange a series of meetings, workshops, seminars, presentations, and field visits. The Fellowship included: air travel from the city of residence of the fellow to New York and a payment of US$1,000 (one thousand U.S. dollars) for honorarium and living expenses.

While in New York, the Fellows took part in the following activities: 1. Give a presentation and hold a discussion on their work in a seminar which will be organized by The New School with students and professors from different disciplines (the Fellow’s work having been previously distributed in writing); 2. Meetings with representatives of other universities in New York, political and civil society leaders, as based on the Fellow’s background and interests; 3. Give a public lecture at The New School; and 4. Visit civil society organizations and multilateral institutions (such as the United Nations or others), local government offices, cultural centers and museums, as well as public and university libraries.

After completion of the Fellowship, each Fellow delivered an essay between 8,000 and 15,000 words which elaborated on the discussions, input and suggestions received throughout the duration of the Fellowship. The essays were presented in both English and Spanish (or Portuguese), and after approval from The New School and Universidad Nacional de San Martín, they were published online as “Working Papers” .

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