Fulbright U.S. Student Program

Colombia


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8 Open Study/Research Awards

Award Profile:

The US Study/Research Grant allows young professionals, recent graduates and graduate students to conduct research for one academic year (10 months) at a higher education institution in Colombia. 

Grant benefits include:  Round trip international airfare, Monthly living stipend, Accident and Sickness Health Benefits, Orientation Seminar


Grant Period:

10 Months

Grant dates correspond to the academic year, August 2017 to May 2018. Changes or deferrals of the grant period are not allowed. The grant period begins with an orientation seminar organized by the Fulbright Commission in late July.  All U.S. student grantees are required to attend the orientation.


Pre-Departure Orientation:

No Pre-Departure Orientation


Candidate Profile:

Candidates at all degree levels will be considered; however, graduate students conducting a thesis or dissertation research project are preferred.

Applications from all fields of study are eligible, however, applications from science and technology are strongly encouraged. Projects related to the fields of engineering, mathematics, biology, food science, agriculture, environmental sciences, are of particular interest. Applications from the social sciencies, humanities and education are also welcome.

Candidates who will base themselves in the Colombian regions (i.e. outside of Bogotá) will be given preference.


Accepted Degree Levels:

Bachelor's
Master's
Doctoral


Foreign Language Proficiency:

Required - Intermediate
2 years of college-level study, or the equivalent, prior to commencing the grant


Additional Information: Spanish language proficiency is necessary, not only for the development of the proposed project, but also for an easy adaptation to daily life in Colombia. Higher level proficiency may be necessary depending on the requirements of the proposed project. Applicants should discuss plans for language study between the time of application and the begining of the grant on Application Form 7: Language Self-Evaluation. A Foreign Language Evaluation by a college level Spanish language instructor is also required.


Fulbright Proposal Types:

Independent Study/Research: Yes


Graduate Degree Enrollment: No


Affiliation:

The role of the affiliation in the U.S. Student Program is to provide ongoing and substantive oversight and support for the grantee’s project. Grantees will be required to have affiliations with accredited academic or research institutions in Colombia. Therefore, applicants must initiate contact with the host institution of preference and obtain a formal letter of invitation or affiliation prior to submitting the application. In addition to indicating the nature of the affiliation between the applicant and the host institution (e.g., enrollment in classes, access to facilities or resources, collaboration with an ongoing project, etc.), the letter should state that a host contact will be available during the grant year to mentor the applicant and/or supervise the applicant’s work on the proposed project.

Any secondary affiliation with a non-academic institution should be arranged by the grantee and the Fulbright Commission must be informed.


Ineligibility:

U.S. citizens holding dual U.S. - Colombian citizenship are not eligible.


Restriction:

Applicants conducting research activities must know that Colombia's security situation is very organic, and that certain cities and rural areas of the country may be restricted.  

All ground travel in Colombia must be approved by the Fulbright Commission and the U.S. Embassy prior to making travel arrangements.


Dependents:

Dependent support is not available


50 English Teaching Assistant Awards

Award Profile:

The Fulbright English Teaching Assistant Program (ETA), in collaboration with the Ministry of Education  and the Colombian government’s Institute for Study Abroad, ICETEX, will offer up to 52 awards for the 2017-2018 academic year in Colombia. The Fulbright ETA Program aims to strengthen English language instruction at Colombian educational institutions by establishing the presence of native speakers. At the same time, U.S. participants will gain from intensive cross-cultural interaction and international educational and/or research opportunities provided at the host institution.

The grantee will be assigned to a specific university based on the candidate’s academic profile and the specific needs of the host institution. ETAs will be assigned as language-learning assistants for up to 30 hours per week, responsibilities may include giving presentations on different topics related to the United States, preparing classroom activities, and/or encouraging students to communicate in English.

Grantees are required to engage in a social project related to their personal, career, and/or educational interests. They should keep in mind that these activities should be flexible with respect to geographic location.


Grant Period:

10 Months

Grant dates correspond to the academic year, August 2017 to May 2018.  The grant period starts with an orientation seminar organized by the Fulbright Commission in late July.  All ETA grantees are required to attend the orientation.  Changes to the grant period or deferrals are not allowed.


Pre-Departure Orientation:

No Pre-Departure Orientation


Candidate Profile:

Preference is given to candidates with a demonstrated interest in working in an educational environment; degrees in TESOL, TSL, TEFL, English, Spanish, Education, or Applied Linguistics; and candidates with strong teaching experience, especially experience working with young adults.


Accepted Degree Levels:

Bachelor's
Master's


Foreign Language Proficiency:

Required - Intermediate
2 years of college-level study, or the equivalent, prior to commencing the grant


Additional Information: Spanish language proficiency is necessary, not only for the development of the proposed project, but also in order to settle in easily and communicate on a daily basis. Applicants should discuss plans for language study between the time of application and the commencement of the grant on Application Form 7: Language Self-Evaluation. A Foreign Language Evaluation by an college level Spanish language instructor is also required.


Placement Type:

Placement locations vary. Host institutions include both public and private universities throughout the country; assignments are mostly to faculties that offer degree programs in foreign language teaching.

Placement is made based on the institution’s needs, the grantee’s background and skills, and interests to the extent possible.


Ineligibility:

U.S. citizens holding dual U.S. - Colombian citizenship are not eligible.


Supplementary Project:

Teaching Assistant responsibilities will be up to 30 hours per week, including time for lesson planning.  In addition, grantees are expected to engage in a social or community project related to their academic and personal interests.  Applicants should keep in mind that these activities should be flexible with respect to geographic location and local partner organizations, since the activities will depend on the placement university and city.

The Fulbright Commission will present project alternatives with the grantee according to the placement.

Applicants must know that Colombia's security situation is very organic, and that certain cities and rural areas of the country may be restricted.  All ground travel in Colombia must be approved by the Fulbright Commission and the U.S. Embassy prior to making travel arrangements.


Dependents:

Dependent support is not available


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Current U.S. Student

United States citizens who are currently enrolled in undergraduate or graduate degree programs are eligible to apply.  All applicants enrolled in U.S institutions must apply through their home campuses.  Find the Fulbright Program Adviser on your campus.

If you are an undergraduate student you would be eligible to apply in your senior year.  If you are a graduate student you are eligible to apply to most countries as long as you will not have a PhD degree on the application deadline.

Non-U.S. Student

If you are a non-U.S. citizen looking to applying for a Fulbright grant to study in the United States you will apply to the Fulbright Program for Foreign Students in your home country.

U.S. Citizen but not a Student

If you are a U.S. citizen, hold a bachelor’s degree, and do not have a PhD degree then you could be eligible for certain awards within the Fulbright U.S. Student Program.  Please review the program summary for the country where you would like to apply.

Artist

The Fulbright U.S. Student Program welcomes applications in the creative and performing arts.  Arts candidates for the U.S. Student Program should have relatively limited professional experience in the fields (typically 5 years or less) in which they are applying.  Artists with more experience should consider applying for Fulbright Scholar Program.

Creative & Performing Arts projects fall under the Study/Research grant category and are available in all countries where Study/Research grants are offered. 

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U.S. Professor

If you are a U.S. citizen and a professor at a U.S. institution and are interested in applying for a Fulbright Scholar Award you will need to apply through CIES.

Non U.S. Professor

If you are a non-U.S. citizen and a professor interested in applying for a Fulbright Scholar Award to the United States you would need to apply through the Fulbright Commission or U.S. Embassy in your home country.  Find out more information on the Fulbright Visiting Scholar Program.