SPSS Application Instructions




Applications must be filed electronically through the Institute’s online application system.  Applications will open at midnight EST on January 15, 2019 and will close at 11:59pm EST on May 15, 2019. Recommendations will remain open through  May 30, 2019. The selection process will be completed by July.

Candidates must have completed a doctorate or equivalent degree, and hold an academic position.  They must be employed by a higher education or scientific research institution in Latin America, Africa or the Middle East and must be a citizen of a country from one of these regions.  They must commit themselves to participate in both sessions.

The application comprises a curriculum vitae, a five-page description of the research project, a maximum of two letters of recommendation, and one writing sample in English, such as an article or book chapter. 

Please note that the U.S. Immigration requires that all fellows selected for this program be able to demonstrate proof of fluency in English.


  • Click on the blue “Apply Here” button at the top of this page.

  • Click on “Create New Account.”

  • Fill in the form with your email address and a username.  (This should be an email address at which you can reliably be reached, since it will appear on the application as your main address, and will be used to communicate with you.) Then click the “Create New Account” button.

  • You will receive an email with a temporary log-in link. 

  • Click the log-in link contained in the email, and you will come to a page instructing you to set your permanent password, after which you should click “Save.”

  • This will take you to the Program Applications page, where you click the “Summer Program in Social Science” tab. You can then begin work on your application.

  • You may access and change your application as many times as necessary, by clicking “Save” before logging out.  Once you click “Submit,” however, you will no longer be able to access the application or to make any changes.

  • All fields marked ( * ) are required.

  • PDF files are required for your Research Project Description, Curriculum Vitae, and Writing Sample.  There is a 5 MB limit for each file.  If you attempt to upload a larger file, the effort may fail.

  • If you have difficulty uploading PDF files, try using a different browser or computer.  Please note that we cannot accept PDFs that are encrypted or protected in any way.

  • The application system will automatically contact your references via email to request a recommendation letter for you.

  • You should receive an immediate email confirmation that the application has been received after you click “Submit.” If you do not receive an email confirmation, contact us at spss@ias.edu


The online application will ask you to provide the names and email addresses for two people who will write reference letters for you.  Once you have uploaded your completed application, the system will automatically send these people an email with instructions on how to submit their reference letters.  We advise you to inform them of this in advance, so that they know to expect the instructions, and have sufficient time to prepare their letters.