Fulbright U.S. Scholar

Application timeline: February 1st - August 1st 2017.

Description:

Up to thirteen (13) awards are available for U.S. scholars to conduct research or teaching activities at a Colombian university or research center in all fields of study, for a period of four to six months during the 2018-2019 academic year. This award seeks to strengthen academic networks between U.S. scholars and their counterparts in Colombia, by funding proposals that are relevant to the Colombian context. All scholars are expected to give at least one public lecture on their research during the grant period.

Colombia is facing a crucial moment in its recent history as it enters into a post-conflict scenario. This juncture broadens the spectrum of opportunities for research, which will contribute to the transition and building of a country in peace. Priority will thus be given to candidates that address issues related to this theme, from their own areas of expertise and being hosted by universities in Colombia’s regions. The grantees may conduct research, teach graduate or undergraduate courses, participate in conferences and seminars, carry out field work, and advise students or faculty members, among other activities.

Other specific objectives: 

  • Promoting the mobility and integration of professionals, professors and researchers while setting the basis for further collaborative research
  • Fostering interdisciplinary work/research that addresses the different needs of Colombia
  • Generating links between U.S. scholars and key stakeholders in Colombia, including government agencies, entrepreneurs, NGOs, local communities, students, etc.
  • Support the internationalization process of Colombian Universities and Research Centers.

Former Fulbright Scholars may recommend colleagues who are interested in being part of this program through the 'Connect with Fulbright' portal. 

Award Categories, Fields and Benefits

Category

Fields

Award Benefits

 

Open Scholar Award

 

Twelve (12) awards are available in all fields of study.

 

The scholar will receive a fixed amount of US $26,000 to cover all expenses, including international travel, housing, maintenance, etc., during the grant period in Colombia. 

No additional allowance is provided for scholars traveling with dependents.

 

 

Fulbright-Universidad Nacional de Colombia Distinguished Chair in Biodiversity and Sustainable Development

With support from Universidad Nacional de Colombia, one (1) award is available to promote research and academic collaboration between U.S. scholars and their counterparts at Universidad Nacional de Colombia, in the fields of biodiversity and sustainability.

The grantee will be hosted at the largest university in Colombia. Universidad Nacional de Colombia offers 96 undergraduate programs, as well as 162 master’s degrees and 57 doctoral programs. The university has eight campuses throughout the country, from the Caribbean to the Amazon, and about 50,000 active students.

 It is the leading university in terms of scientific production in Colombia, with 931 recognized research groups and 606 laboratories. In the area of biodiversity and environmental sciences, there are currently 239 research groups, which have carried out more than 850 research projects.

The grantee may conduct research, teach graduate or undergraduate courses, participate in conferences and seminars, carry out field work and advise students or faculty, among other activities.

Only applications in the following disciplines will be considered: Agriculture, Anthropology, Archaeology, Architecture, Art, Biological Sciences, Chemistry, Communications, Economics, Education, Engineering, Environmental Sciences, Geography, Geology, History (non-U.S.), Information Sciences, Medical Sciences, Political Science, Public Administration, Public/Global Health, Sociology and Urban Planning.

 

 

The U.S. scholar will receive a fixed amount of US $30,000 to cover all expenses, including international travel, housing, maintenance, etc., during the grant period in Colombia. 

No additional allowance is provided for scholars traveling with dependents.

Requirements

  • Grantees with dual U.S. and Colombian nationality are required by Colombian law to enter the country on a Colombian passport.
  • Hold a Ph.D. or an equivalent degree. For candidates outside academe, recognized professional standing and substantial professional accomplishments are required.
  • Proficiency in spoken and written Spanish is desirable. To certify the candidate's language skills, the Language Proficiency Report: Self Evaluation and Language Proficiency Report: External Evaluation must be submitted. However, English is accepted for scholars whose host institution does not require a fluent Spanish speaker, according to the proposed grant activity. This particular exception must be mentioned in the letter of invitation.
  • Have a letter of invitation from a recognized Colombian University or Research Institute. The letter must specify the activities that the Scholar will conduct during his/her stay (i.e. collaborative research, teaching, lectures, etc.). This letter should also include information regarding the dates of the grant period and the host institution interest in the project submitted by the applicant. It is also important to highlight the impact of the candidate’s proposal for the host institution.
  • Demonstrate the need or relevance to conduct the proposed project in Colombia.
  • Preference will be given to qualified candidates who have not had previous Fulbright grants or substantial recent experience abroad, especially in Colombia. 
  • Grants are tenable between July 2018 and July 2019. 

For more information, please consult the Eligibility Guidelines established by the J. William Fulbright Foreign Scholarship Board and posted by the Council for the International Exchange of Scholars (CIES) at www.cies.org

Calendar

Program application deadline

August 1, 2017.

Peer review conducted by CIES

September – November, 2017.

Selection conducted by Fulbright Colombia

December, 2017 – March, 2018.

How to apply

This Fulbright Program is administered by the Council for the International Exchange of Scholars (CIES) in Washington, DC.  The CIES Fulbright Scholar award catalogue including information on the application process and application instructions is available at www.cies.org/us_scholars/us_awards.

Information about grants and application instructions and forms, are available here

For additional information, please contact Sergio Sánchez, Fulbright Colombia US Scholar Program Officer ssanchez@fulbright.edu.co or Maria Gahan, CIES-IIE Program Officer, mgahan@iie.org

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