Visiting Research Associates

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ALARI offers non-stipendiary fellowships (Visiting Research Associates) to exceptional scholars who are conducting research on Afro-Latin American Studies in any field. Research Associates may include doctoral, post-doctoral, and faculty.

By conducting research and engaging with faculty and students at ALARI and beyond, the Visiting Research Associates enrich the intellectual life of our Institute. In past years, the Visiting Research Associate  program has brought together a diverse set of people from academic and professional fields, and supported their studies related to the interdisciplinary field of Afro-Latin American Studies. The mission of the fellowship is to support and advance the field of Afro-Latin American Studies.


The ALARI Visiting Research Associates are expected to participate actively in all ALARI events, such as the monthly seminar series, conferences, workshops, and lectures, and to attend and present papers at other seminars relevant to their interests.


The ALARI Visiting Research Associates are courtesy appointments and does not offer a stipend. Office space will be offered on a case-by-case basis. 


Applicants for the ALARI Research Associate fellowship should submit one complete copy of the following items:

  1. Application Form
  2. A cover letter with current email address, and phone number; please also list whether you are seeking a residential (office space) or non-residential fellowship; and desired fellowship term (full academic year, fall term only, spring term only, other to be discussed).
  3. A curriculum vitae
  4. A description of the proposed project including the background, nature, importance, specific objectives, and methodology of the project, no longer than three pages (references do not count in the page limit.)
  5. If you require visa sponsorship, you will need to submit a proof of sufficient funds.
  6. One letter of recommendation addressed to the ALARI Research Associate Selection Committee. If the recommender chooses to send a confidential letter, they can do so by sending an email to

Applications must be received February 1, 2022. Complete applications for the 2022-2023 year must be submitted via Application Form. 

Selection Process

Applications will be reviewed by a faculty selection committee, and awards will be announced in mid-April.

Notification Process

Applicants will be notified of the selection committee’s decisions via email in mid-April.

See also: Fellowships

Current Fellows

Aurora Vergara-Figueroa

Aurora Vergara-Figueroa

Fall 2021 ALARI Visiting Research Associate
Fall 2021 Mark Claster Mamolen Visiting Fellow, Hutchins Center
Aurora Vergara-Figueroa is an Afrocolombian scholar who holds a PhD of Sociology from the University of Massachusetts-Amherst. In 2016, she was nominated as... Read more about Aurora Vergara-Figueroa
Mandy Izadi

Mandy Izadi

2020-2021 ALARI Research Associate

Mandy Izadi's scholarship sits at the intersection of Indigenous history, African American history, and global history. Her current book project...

Read more about Mandy Izadi
Rosemary Feal

Rosemary Feal

ALARI Resident Scholar
Rosemary G. Feal is Executive Director Emerita of the Modern Language Association, which she led from 2002 to 2017, and Professor Emerita of Spanish at the... Read more about Rosemary Feal
Marcelo Ferraro

Marcelo Ferraro

2021-2022 ALARI Visiting Research Associate
"Marcelo Ferraro is a Postdoctoral Visiting Research Associate at the Afro-Latin American Research Institute (Hutchins Center, Harvard University) and a ... Read more about Marcelo Ferraro