Fulbright U.S. Student Program

Colombia

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6 Fulbright Study/Research Grants

Language:

Proficient spoken and written Spanish is required at the time of application.


Grant period:

9 months. Grant dates correspond to the academic year, August 2014 to April 2015. The grant period starts with an orientation organized by the Fulbright Commission in late July. All U.S. Student grantees are required to attend the orientation, as well as start the grant in August; changes are not allowed.


Candidate profile :

Preference is for candidates with specific program objectives. such as: 1) Ph.D. candidates who plan research related to their dissertations as approved by their U.S. universities; 2) Graduating seniors, recent graduates, and graduate students who will pursue coursework at a Colombian university or be engaged in research and whose preparation meets university requirements for admission; 3) Candidates with solid experience in the creative and performing arts who want to study and/or conduct research in Colombian institutions or with Colombian specialists.


Ineligibility:

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


Restriction:

Security considerations preclude projects whose research methodologies or field work are considered to pose security risks.  Applicants wishing to conduct research activities are advised that Colombia's security situation is very organic, and that certain cities or towns, sections of urban areas, and rural areas of the country may be designated as restricted areas for security areas.  Proposals requiring students to be in these areas will not be approved.  All ground travel in Colombia must be approved by the Fulbright Commission.


Affiliation:

Applicants must have an affiliation letter or a prospective letter of affiliation from a Colombian university at the time of application. If selected, the Fulbright Commission in Colombia will confirm the definitive status of affiliation with tuition included. Recent undergraduate degree recipients are required to take at least 2 courses at their host institution. Any secondary affiliation with a non-academic institution should be arranged by the grantee and the Commission must be informed.


30 Fulbright English Teaching Assistantships

Language:

Proficiency in Spanish is required. Successful candidates must be articulate English-speakers with native-level fluency.


Grant period:

10 months. Grant dates correspond to the academic year, August 2014 to April 2015. The grant period starts with an orientation organized by the Fulbright Commission in late July. All ETA grantees are required to attend the orientation as well as start the grant in August; changes are not allowed.


Candidate profile :

Applications are welcome from graduating seniors, recent graduates and Master’s-level graduate students with an interest in working in an educational environment. Candidates with degrees in English, Spanish, education, or TEFL/applied linguistics with some experience teaching or tutoring are preferred. Other fields will be seriously considered if combined with teaching experience and/or coursework in pedagogy.


Ineligibility:

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


Nature of assignment:

Fulbright Colombia, the Colombian government’s Institute for Study Abroad (ICETEX), and the Ministry of Education (MEN), match the grantee with the appropriate university, based on the candidate’s academic profile and the specific needs of the host institution. These matches will be made by mid-May at the latest. Affiliations will be at universities in Bogotá and in other major cities throughout Colombia. The university will provide a tutor and a primary contact for all academic and administrative issues, one of which is housing.

ETAs will be assigned as language-learning assistants, but will not be responsible for teaching entire courses. Details of assignments will be subject to a program plan presented by the host institution and approved by ICETEX, Fulbright and the MEN.


Supplementary project:

Teaching Assistant responsibilities will be up to 20 hours per week; therefore, in addition, grantees are expected to engage in a social or community outreach project related to their academic and personal interests. Applicants should consider a viable project that they intend to pursue if awarded the grant. 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. Grantees may take a course, conduct research into topics or issues relative to Colombia, engage in specific volunteer activities, or a combination of these. The Commission will discuss project alternatives with the grantee when the placement is made.

Security considerations preclude placements or projects whose research methodologies or field work are considered to pose security risks. Applicants wishing to conduct research activities are advised that Colombia's security situation is very organic, and that certain cities or towns, sections of urban areas, and rural areas of the country may be designated as restricted areas for security reasons. Proposals requiring ETAs to be in these areas will not be approved. All ground travel in Colombia must be pre-approved by the Fulbright Commission.


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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.

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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.