In response to the crisis brought about by the COVID-19 pandemic and limitations on travel and visas, and in an attempt to support younger scholars who are facing precarity because of this crisis, the Advisory Committee of NYU’S King Juan Carlos I of Spain Center has revised this year’s nomination of its Chairs as a call for applications for two Postdoctoral Fellows for Spring 2021. The Andrés Bello Chair and the King Juan Carlos I of Spain Chair will resume September 2021. For more information about the Chairs and previous holders, please see:

Spring 2021 King Juan Carlos I of Spain Postdoctoral Fellowship - awarded to a distinguished junior scholar whose research focuses on Spain and the Iberian world.

Spring 2021 Andrés Bello Postdoctoral Fellowship - awarded to a distinguished junior scholar whose research focuses on Latin America, with a particular emphasis on either transatlantic or transpacific studies.

Selection criteria for both Postdoctoral Fellowships:

  1. Significance, reputation, and contribution to the field.
  2. Potential contribution to NYU intellectual community (i.e. the value of their work and intervention, how they add to existing expertise, fit into departments or institutes, establish interdisciplinary or historical connections).
  3. Likely contribution to University intellectual life and impact on students (Postdoctoral Fellows will be asked to contribute to workshops and conversations for undergraduate and graduate students in lieu of teaching a class).
  4. Likely contribution to the King Juan Carlos I of Spain Center (i.e. online events organized during residence at KJCC, which will include at least one lecture and one organized activity online).
  5. Likely contribution and engagement with institutions, communities, and the public sphere in New York.


  • $25,000 Stipend plus health insurance and affiliation with NYU for Spring 2021


  • Candidates must be in residence in the Tri-State area
  • Candidates must be a US Citizen, Green card holder, or have an OPT (Optional Practical Training)
  • PhD or equivalent terminal degree awarded between May 2018-January 2021
  • Cannot currently hold a permanent or tenure-track position or a Postdoctoral Fellowship
  • Non-NYU (external-only competition)
  • Dates of appointment: January 25, 2021-May 10, 2021


  1. Nominating letter from sponsoring NYU faculty member (NYU faculty can only nominate one candidate)
  2. Cover letter explaining relevance of their research to the Postdoctoral Fellowship (either King Juan Carlos I of Spain or Andrés Bello)
  3. Proposal for online activities to be organized while holding the Fellowship. Programming that considers issues of race, gender, ethnicity, and class are especially welcome.
  4. CV
  5. Writing sample in English or Spanish, or equivalent demonstration of expertise in their discipline

Letters of support may be requested from finalists, who will be interviewed by members of the KJCC Advisory Committee.

Deadline to apply: October 30, 2020

How to submit:

Cover letter, CV and writing sample should be sent in one email with all materials (except letters of support and sponsorship) saved together and sent as one PDF with candidates last name and name of fellowship (eg. LASTNAME-BelloFellowship; LASTNAME-KJCFellowship); candidates should request that recommenders follow the same protocol for saving and sending letters. Subject line in email should indicate: “LASTNAME – BelloFellowship or KJCFellowship” for applicants; recommenders should put in subject line “REF: LAST NAME – BelloFellowship or KJCFellowship”

Send all materials before October 30, 2020 to:

Luis Alfonso Pérez, Administrative Assistant, KJCC


For questions about the Postdoctoral Fellowships, please contact KJCC Director Jordana Mendelson ( and KJCC Associate Director Laura Turégano (

Selection Process: Nominations will be reviewed by the KJCC Advisory Board, which serves as a selection committee. The Board will meet in early November to review the nominations and select finalists, who will be interviewed by members of the Advisory Committee. Candidates selected will be submitted to the Dean of the Humanities for approval. Appointments will be for Spring 2021 semester.

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