Centre of Latin American Studies


Information for visiting scholars

The Centre can award the title of Visiting Scholar to those who are already engaged in, or are building, an academic career. Visiting Scholars hold a doctorate and are usually employed by a higher education institution in the UK or abroad.

Application procedure

All enquiries and applications should be sent to Mr Samuel Mather, the Centre Administrator. Applications should comprise:

  • An academic curriculum vitae (up to a maximum of five sides of A4/quarto).
  • A covering letter incorporating the dates proposed for the visit and a brief statement (a maximum of one side of A4/quarto) of academic plans while resident in Cambridge
  • Two academic references.

Applications for the title of Visiting Scholar will require the approval of the Committee of Management of the Centre of Latin American Studies and are judged strictly on academic merit. It is essential that authorisation for a visit is sought well in advance so that, if approved and as applicable, scholars have the necessary time to plan their visit in line with the strict visa regulations set out by UK Border Agency (UKBA) and so that the Centre can, if applicable, ensure that the relevant facilities can be provided.

Facilities provided for Visiting Scholars

  • A temporary Cambridge University e-mail address
  • An introduction to the University Library and Centre library
  • Visiting Scholars will be invited to attend and present at the Centre’s research seminars
  • Visiting Scholars will be invited to attend various public events organised by the Centre
  • Visiting Scholars are expected to meet the direct costs of photocopying, printing and other consumables/costs associated with their work.

In addition, the University’s Newcomers and Visiting Scholars Group, an organisation run by volunteers, aims to assist newly arrived partners and families of Visiting Scholars to settle down in Cambridge. Further details of the Group’s activities can be found here.


Visiting Scholars can be associated with the Centre for a maximum of twelve months. Visiting Scholars will be charged a fee of £300.00 per term. The rates include VAT. In exceptional circumstances, Visiting Scholars can apply to the Committee of Management for exemption.

Visa procedures

The UK Border Agency’s website provides advice on visa applications and time-scales:

It is the Visiting Scholar's responsibility to apply for the correct visa.


The Centre is unable to help with accommodation, but the University’s Accommodation Service might be able to provide advice and assistance (tel: +44 (0)1223 338099, e-mail: accommodation.service@admin.cam.ac.uk).