Gus Hart Fellowship - 2014 Call for Nominations

September 18, 2013
- The Chicago Council on Global Affairs is pleased to announce the seventh annual Gus Hart Visiting Fellowship to strengthen ties and mutual understanding between Chicago and the Latin America and Caribbean region. The fellowship has been endowed by the Hart family to honor Gus Hart, whose lifelong interest in the region and long service to The Chicago Council served as an inspiration for many with experience in this important part of the world.

The 2014 Gus Hart Visiting Fellowship will be awarded to a leader or emerging leader, working in the business, governmental, social, or cultural realm and making contributions to the advancement of society in Central America (from Guatemala to Panama) and the Caribbean. The goals of the fellowship are: to recognize and reinforce the work of an emerging leader who has made a tangible contribution to his/her country; to connect this emerging leader with the resources and energy of Chicago so as to benefit his/her work; and to increase awareness of the Latin American and the Caribbean region in Chicago and deepen the city’s connections to the region.

Gus Hart Visiting Fellows are selected annually to spend one week in Chicago interacting with business, civic, academic, and media professionals in a program tailored to the Fellow’s interests and experience. The Fellow will deliver the Annual Gus Hart Lecture to a public audience and be honored at a dinner by the Chicago Council’s Board of Directors and other leading figures. The Fellow will receive a $10,000 honorarium and will be provided with transportation, room, and board for the stay in Chicago.

The deadline to submit nominations for the 2014 Fellowship has passed. If you have any questions, please contact Melissa Guinan at or (312) 821-7554.

About the Gus Hart Fellowship

In April 2007, The Chicago Council on Global Affairs established the Gus Hart Fellowship with an endowment bequest from the Hart family. The fellowship honors former Chicago Council chairman Gus Hart and was established to bring emerging leaders from the Latin American and Caribbean region to Chicago. Each year the Hart fellowship committee selects an individual who is making significant contributions in areas such as education, economics, health, commerce, poverty reduction, microfinance, the environment, international development, governance, or society.

The Hart Fellow visits Chicago for one week and interacts with Chicago-based commercial, civic, and media professionals in a program tailored specifically to his or her interest, experience, and expertise. The fellow also delivers The Chicago Council’s annual Gus Hart Lecture, which the Hart family established in 2001, and will be honored by the Council’s Board and other leading figures in the city at a dinner following the lecture.

Past Fellows

2013 - Salomón Chertorivski Woldenberg, Secretary, Economic Development, Mexico City

2012 - Sérgio Fausto, Executive Director, Fundação Instituto Fernando Henrique Cardoso (iFHC); and Denis Mizne, Executive Director, Lemann Foundation, Brazil

2011 - Sergio Jaramillo Caro, National Security Advisor to the President of Colombia

2010 - Henrique Capriles Radonski, Governor, State of Miranda, Venezuela

2009 - Claudio Orrego, Mayor of Peñalolén, a district of Chile's capital Santiago

2008 - Nicolás Ducoté, Cofounder and General Director of  the Center for the Implementation of Public Policies for Equity and Growth (CIPPEC), Buenos Aires, Argentina

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