About the Fellowship

The President Néstor Kirchner Fellowship focuses on training and supporting young leaders in Latin America and the Caribbean who have demonstrated commitment to both academia and public service, and who are in the initial stages of their professional development.

The PNK Fellowship is part of the international fellowships of the UNSAM, and of the international activities of The New School. The Fellowship consists of an exchange of ideas and experiences between the Fellow and academics, politicians and social actors in the city of New York. The Fellowship consists of a two-week stay at The New School in New York.  

The Fellowship covers a two-week stay in New York (during predetermined dates) and will be based at The New School, where the Fellow will present his/her work to students, academic, political, and civil society leaders. The Fellowship includes: one roundtrip economy-class plane ticket from the Fellow's city of residence to New York for the dates stipulated in the implementation schedule of the Fellowship; and one payment of U$S1,000 (one thousand U.S. dollars) as an honorarium and for living expenses. 

While in New York, the Fellow of the President Néstor Kirchner Fellowship will: 1. Present their work and hold a discussion during a seminar, organized by The New School with students and professors from different disciplines (the Fellow's work will have been previously distributed in writing); 2. Meet with representatives from 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), local government offices, cultural centers and museums, as well as public and university libraries.

After completion of the Fellowship, the Fellow must deliver an essay between 8,000 and 15,000 words which elaborates on the discussions held, and input and suggestions received throughout the duration of the Fellowship. The essay must be presented in two versions, English and Spanish (or Portuguese), and must be submitted to The New School no later than three months after the conclusion of the Fellowship. Upon approval from The New School and Universidad Nacional de San Martín, the essay will be published in print and digital versions as "Working Papers" of the PNK Fellowship on this website and those of the organizing institutions.

The Fellowship according to...

David E. Van Zandt

President of The New School

“We think that it is important to support the new leaders of South America, helping them to take the first steps of its careers (…) the main criteria of selection of the Fellowship are the academic interest and the public vocation: this was the spirit of Kirchner and is the spirit with whom this Fellowship was born.”

Carlos Ruta

Rector, Universidad Nacional de San Martín

“This Fellowship is part of a cooperation culture, the one that Kirchner taught to us (…) because if we aspire to have leaders in the future, we must form them today. Not only in the classrooms, but also in the laboratories of the experience.”

Pablo Vilas

Director, Casa Patria Grande

“This Fellowship has the intention to continue the legacy of our great Ex-President and to support the training of new leaders in the region. As the own Néstor said in its last speech at The New School, youth should be transgressor and to act in coherence with the ideals of liberation, emancipation and development with inclusion for our Great Mother country.”











Lucila Rosso

PNK Fellow, 2011-2012

“This Fellowship is a simple and grandiose opportunity. It is for everyone - as much for those who believe that Néstor Kirchner was a transformer and who share his ideas, as well as for those who don’t. Regardless of the place in which one finds oneself, to be a ‘PNK Fellow’ implies a responsibility to form and utilize all that is learned as a tool for the benefit of the majority within our respective countries and our region, wherever it may touch us. It means to be a professional engaged with one’s ideas. It means to take care of the place that we occupy and that we can occupy in the story of our people. This ‘Fellowship Network’ is growing. My suggestion: ‘come and see’.”

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Erika Paredes Sánchez

PNK Fellow, 2011-2012

“Being a President Néstor Kirchner Fellow is a privilege for every South American citizen. It is a privilege that reflects the interest and commitment to the projects, strategies and policies that are being implemented in South America. It is a privilege, because as fellows we feel deeply honored to know that we are representing academics and researchers at the highest level of the region.”

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Mauricio Santoro Rocha

PNK Fellow, 2011-2012

“If you are considering to apply to the Fellowship, but afraid that two weeks is too little time to do research, relax: your will have a busy schedule, and the people which you will interview are just a few subway stops away from each other. New Yorkers (native or adoptive sons and daughters of the city) are open, critical, innovative, extremely polite, and supportive. (…) The Fellowship does not end with our return to our countries. The idea is to build a network of South American researchers and public policy activists, committed to an agenda of social change in the region, who will remain in touch, developing projects and supporting our mutual work.”

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Roland Álvarez Chavez

PNK Fellow, 2012-2013

“My experience as a President Nestor Kirchner Fellow 2012-2013 was an honor and a challenge at the same time. It was an honor as I had the opportunity to continue the legacy and ideals of Nestor Kirchner in the creation of an integrated region with development for all, with inclusion and respect for human rights; and a challenge, because this experience meant the possibility to implement the construction of a society that meets those ideals.”

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Cecilia María Minaverry

PNK Fellow, 2012-2013

“Since I found out about the Fellowship, I felt that it would be a great opportunity to stimulate and reward young people who are interested in academic improvement to the benefit of their home countries.”

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Lucas Noura Guimaraes

PNK Fellow, 2012-2013

"To define it quickly, it's a mind-opening, life-changing experience. It is certainly one of the most vivid and intense two weeks one can ever have. From the very first day, you have interviews and interact with professors, diplomats, NGO members, activists, officials, all of them with a lot of experience and knowledge to share. I had meetings with lawyers, economists, environmentalists, policy makers, CEOs, that work both in the private and the public sector."

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Germán Alejandro Linzer

PNK Fellow, 2013-2014

“ The Fellowship is an incredible opportunity, a challenge and a responsibility.
Those of us who applied for de PNK fellowship are not academics, but people who are involved in public services. Our perspective arises in part from our studies, but mainly from the challenges of our experiences. So, for us the theoretical or analytical proposals that we discuss in the experience of our fellowship is way to overcome practical problems in benefit of country and our region..”

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Fernando Kleiman

PNK Fellow, 2013-2014

“It was a mind-opening experience to be questioned with a large amount of cases, theories and situations from distant parts of the planet. I know that many of these exchanges wouldn't happen if it were not for the PNK Fellowship, and I can bet that some of the contacts that I've made will be long-lasting.”

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María Villa

PNK Fellow, 2013-2014

“The PNK Fellowship was an unprecedented learning experience for me in several ways. Organizing my own arguments and research data in a brief and compelling way to present them at the New School triggered my awareness of many aspects I had previously overlooked or underestimated. (…)
A major appeal of this fellowship lies in the meetings with peers and experts that the OLA coordinators arrange for you; they were a huge source of reflection and discovery.”

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Juan Martín Graña

PNK Fellow, 2014-2015

"Having discussed the specific issues our countries face with from across the region and the world, allows one to put in perspectives what the region has accomplished and its problems. But it is there where this fellowship is different from the others: the combination of academics and political engagement. So, when returning, one not only advanced in the field of their own public intervention, but also recognizes a greater commitment to the country and the region.”

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Daniela Gomes Metello

PNK Fellow, 2014-2015

“ The experience I had surpassed all my expectations (…)  I can say that I was surprised with the knowledge that everyone, especially members of the Observatory on Latin America, had about the economic and social situations in Latin American countries as well as country specific public policies. I would also like to highlight the depth of which the studies and debates are conducted. The New School is a progressive university and I noticed this in every interview I had with professors and students of this university. This alignment has greatly influenced the development of my work during my stay in New York.”

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Beatriz Córdova Aquino

PNK Fellow, 2014-2015

“During the two weeks in New York I met professors and scholars whose experiences and opinions have greatly enriched my research. Many of the people I met are people I’ve cited frequently in my research, so the opportunity to connect with people whose work I’ve been following for years was an invaluable opportunity.”

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Magdalena Bas Vilizzio

PNK Fellow, 2015-2016

“The possibility of lecturing in the Orozco Room (The New School) was a great experience. Art, as a way to interpret reality which appeals to sensitivity and reflection, provided an ideal setting for the presentation of the first results of my research to an audience that showed interested in the facts and concerns of our continent.
This experience motives to continue working in topics that interest the region and to accomplish the responsibility to contribute from the academia, to a necessary public discussion about the development model we wish for our countries.”

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Analía Calero

PNK Fellow, 2015-2016

“Being PNK Fellow involves obtaining recognition not only for academic merit, but mainly by public vocation and social commitment, for contribute from different areas and with the tools we have at different stages of our lives to improving the welfare of our peoples.”

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