Frequently Asked Questions

Q: Are candidates from the United States or Canada eligible to apply?

A: The CFS fellowship is only open to citizens and residents of Latin American countries. However, you can still participate as a foreign collaborator.

Q: I am an independent researcher and I would like to mentor a potential Fellow. Can I be a mentor without being based at a research institution, University, NGO or similar?

A: To provide the best available support to fellows, both the fellows and mentors should, to the best extent possible, be based in the same country and institution as the fellow. However, we understand that in some Latin American regions it is hard to find a suitable mentor or fellow at your home institution, or that suitable candidates might not be based at an institution. Therefore, it is important that you and the fellow properly justify why is it crucial that you become his or her mentor.

Q: Do I have to already be enrolled in a PhD academic program? Or can I be in the process of admission of a PhD program?

A: This is not a requirement for the pre-proposal stage. However, for the full proposal, applicants should provide a support letter from the University or the head of the department stating that you are in the process of admission. If a candidate is awarded with a fellowship, s/he will need to submit proof of enrollment before the beginning of the fellowship.