Latin American Training Program
This program provides webinars, recorded content, and online discussion forums to young investigators from Latin America and the Caribbean.
About the Program
The Latin American Training Program (LATP) is a comprehensive, year-long online training program. It provides webinars, recorded content, and online discussions on cutting edge science and professional development to young investigators from Latin America and the Caribbean.
Now in its sixth year, the LATP is supported by The Grass Foundation, The Latin American Regional Committee of the International Brain Research Organization (IBRO), US/Canada Regional Committee (US/CRC) of IBRO, and the selected hosted institutions.
At this time, the 2020 LATP live course is still planned to take place November 2–20, 2020 in Montevideo, Uruguay. SfN and the host institution/organizers of the live course are continuously monitoring the development of the COVID-19 outbreak worldwide, and especially within the Latin American region, to decide whether it is safe to hold the course. Applicants will be promptly notified should there be a needed change in the program.
Latin American Training Program Scholars
All eligible applicants will be invited to become LATP Associates, including those selected as LATP Fellows. Features of the LATP Associates Program include:
- A virtual Latin American Training Community that features webinars, recorded lectures, and discussions with course faculty and Alumni.
- Information on career and funding opportunities specific to the region.
- Access to on-demand recordings of the three-week course attended by Fellows.
Those who have successfully completed the online course components will receive a certificate of completion.
In the selection of Fellows, preference will be given to those trainees who have demonstrated excellence in the field and have an interest in the course topic. Prior publication will be viewed favorably.
Up to 15 applicants will be selected for the LATP Fellows Program. Highlights include:
- Participation in a three-week live course hosted by the Instituto de Investigaciones Biológicas Clemente Estable (IIBCE) in Montevideo, Uruguay.
- Travel, lodging, and meals during the live course are covered as part of the fellowship.
- Complimentary registration and a travel stipend to attend SfN’s Annual Meeting following completion of the online program.
The 2020 LATP application has closed.
- All applicants must be citizens or permanent residents of Latin America or the Caribbean and enrolled in an advanced degree-granting program or postdoctoral fellowship in the region.
- All applicants must also be proficient in English. Coursework, webinars, and online discussions are conducted in English.
- Note: Visa applications can take time. It is recommended that you begin investigating the process now. However, do not apply for a visa until Fellow selections have been announced.
Applicants must submit the following documents:
- Curriculum vitae
- Letter of recommendation
- An essay describing why you wish to participate in the program and how will you benefit (500 word maximum)
- All application materials must be submitted in English.
2020 - 2021 LATP
November 2 – 20; Instituto de Investigaciones Biológicas Clemente Estable, Uruguay
The 2020 Fellows Course will take place at the Clemente Stable Biological Research Institute (IIBCE) in Montevideo, Uruguay. Fifteen top candidates will be selected to participate in the three-week course titled, “Molecules, Cells, and Circuits: Understanding the Nervous System Mechanisms.” The course will bring together top faculty from across the region and the world to provide participants with high-quality lectures, lab exercises, and training on vital professional development topics.
Course materials will be made available to LATP scholars and alumni to allow students from the region to benefit from the science and topics discussed at IIBCE.
August 26 – September 13; Instituto de Fisiología Celular, UNAM, Mexico
The 2019 Fellows Course took place at the National Autonomous University of Mexico’s Institute for Cellular Physiology (UNAM) and was titled “Enlightening the Brain: The Use of Light to Understand the Function of the Nervous System.”