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8 Open Study/Research Awards

Accepted Degree Levels
Grant Period
10 Months
No Pre-Departure Orientation
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 or research center in Colombia. 

Grant benefits include:  Round trip international airfare, monthly stipend, Accident and Sickness Health Benefit Plan for Exchanges (ASPE), Orientation Seminar at the beginning of the grant period.

Grant Period

10 Months

Grant dates correspond to the academic year, August 2019 to May 2020. 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 welcome. 

In 2017, the Colombian government set health, society, sustainable energies, food sciences and bioeconomy as national priorities in the framework of Colombia Científica Program. This program seeks to support the consolidation of high-quality research in the national scientific innovation system and the articulation of the productive sector contributing to the improvement of competitiveness, productivity and social development. 

The Fulbright Commission in Colombia has made determined efforts aimed to enhance diversity, decentralization and access across its portfolio of opportunities for graduate studies, research, teaching and bilingualism. Broadening the geographical presence of U.S. grantees in the country has been critical to achieve these objectives. The extended coverage of Fulbright U.S. Programs in the country has been possible thanks to the significant contributions from Colombian strategic partners as ICETEX, the National Ministry of Education, Colciencias, Universidad Nacional de Colombia, Universidad del Valle, Universidad de los Andes and Pontificia Universidad Javeriana. For this cycle, priority will be given to candidates being hosted by universities in Colombia’s regions outside of the capital city. 

Accepted Degree Levels




Foreign Language Proficiency

Required - Intermediate

Spanish language proficiency is required, 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


Grantees will be required to have an affiliation with higher education institution or research center in Colombia. 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.  Therefore, applicants must initiate contact with the host institution of preference and obtain a formal letter of invitation prior to submitting the application.

In addition to indicating the nature of the affiliation between the applicant and the host institution (e.g. access to facilities or resources, collaboration with an ongoing project, etc.), the letter should state that a host contact person 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.


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

Country Profile

Colombia represents biodiversity, a variety of cultures and a range of geographies; it also embodies innovation, creativity and entrepreneurship. It is the fourth largest country in South America and the third most populous nation in the region. In the last five years, it has established itself as one of the most rapidly growing economies in Latin America, having cemented wider and stronger ties with the international community in the economic, scientific, academic and cultural sectors. Colombia’s current priorities beyond the peace process are centered on education and equity. In education, the strengthening of the country’s research capacities and internationalization of higher education are key for development.

Colombia has a wide range of higher education institutions, with over 190 universities, 1,555 master’s programs and 277 doctoral programs. There are currently over 3,970 research groups around the country. In the interest of broadening the academic relations between U.S. and Colombian institutions, applications for regional universities are particularly welcome, as are those that promote the development of scholar-practitioner networks and the scholarly communities between both countries. Projects from professionals and artists are also supported.

For more information about Colombia, visit In case of further questions about the Fulbright Program in Colombia, please visit the Fulbright Commission website or email Program Officer, Sergio Sánchez.


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.


Dependent support is not available

Fulbright Commission/U.S. Embassy Website

Fulbright Commission/U.S. Embassy Contact

Sergio Sanchez