The Carolina Foundation is opening a call for scholarships for postgraduate and doctoral studies for the academic year 2022-2023. This year showcases 594, with the aim of influencing the process of social, economic, productive and digital change in both Latin America and Europe. It also emphasizes the integration of women into the scientific disciplines, in response to Mesoamerican needs and in striving for science to have a significant impact on society.
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This is the 22nd edition of the Foundation Scholarships and is distributed as follows: 236 for postgraduate studies, 90 for doctoral and short-stay postdoctoral studies, 27 faculty transfers, 121 institutional studies, and 120 renewals for doctoral scholarships. In total, there are 171 academic programs (143 of which are postgraduate).
The scholarship design seeks to respond to the Sustainable Development Goals of the 2030 Agenda, agreed by the United Nations in 2015 that aims for development that prioritizes people, planet, prosperity, peace and alliances. For this reason, this year, under the direction of José Antonio Sanahoga, it focuses on areas such as urban sustainability, food security, mental health, and gender studies.
The Carolina Foundation is an institution created in 2000 as part of the Spanish Cooperation System, with the aim of strengthening cultural, educational and scientific relations between Spain and Latin America.
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Columbia’s relationship with the Carolina Foundation is distinguished by its distinction. Since 2006 it is the country that contributes the largest number of scholarship recipients. Colombia tops, in all editions, the lists of both applicants and applicants. Since records began (2004), Colombians have applied for 687,122 scholarships. It represents one third of the annual total. The Carolina Foundation’s investment in Colombia amounts to €2,953,411.
80 percent of the awarded scholarships are for postgraduate studies in the arts, humanities, communications, economics, finance, energy, environment, and infrastructure.
“It’s a great opportunity,” says Luis Guillermo Plata, Colombia’s ambassador to Spain. And between 2000 and 2020, 3,148 Colombians benefited.
The relationship between the Foundation and Colombia is reinforced by the fact that there is a subsidiary based in the Spanish Cooperation office in Bogotá. Work in the country aims to promote care with public institutions dedicated to education, science and technology, to achieve better gender balance and resource mobilization in coordination with Icetex.
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The Foundation has agreements with 27 academic institutions in Colombia. In addition, there are three others with Icetex, who are looking for 110 professionals to attend short courses at the Complutense University of Madrid summer school.
“Education is one of the main pillars of Spain’s relationship with Colombia,” says Ambassador Plata. “In 2021 we will arrange meetings with different Spanish universities – even in distance mode – and I can say with certainty that there is great interest on the part of the directors of the various educational institutes in further enhancing student mobility and offering scholarships to our Colombian students.” “We continue to strengthen relationships with the Carolina Foundation to work together to spread culture, education, and research.”
Visitors and authors
In addition, through the International Visitors Program, the Foundation has invited 312 Colombians. On the other hand, it supported the publication of books, magazines and reports such as La Seguridad y gobernabilidad (2009) by former President Juan Manuel Santos; The Political Moment in Latin America (2011) by the economist José Antonio Ocampo; and Colombia After Four Years of Peace Accords: A Prospective Analysis (2020) by Rafael Graca, Professor at the Autonomous University of Barcelona.
The deadline to apply for this year’s Postgraduate and Institutional Studies Scholarships closes on March 15th, while the deadline for PhD scholarships, short stays, Teacher Mobility Programs and Institutional Studies closes on April 7.
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