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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 are eligible to apply in the fall of your senior year.  If you are a graduate student, you are eligible as long as you will not have a PhD degree by the application deadline.

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 are eligible to apply. Non-enrolled applicants are encouraged to contact the Fulbright Program Adviser at their most recent alma mater to inquire if the institution can support alumni/ae through the application process. If not, non-enrolled applicants are welcome to apply at “at-large” candidates.

Non-enrolled applicant should have relatively limited professional experience in the fields (typically 7 years or less) in which they are applying. Candidates with more experience should consider applying for the Fulbright Scholar Program.

Please visit the Getting Started page for next steps.


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 7-years or less) in which they are applying. Artists with more experience should consider applying for the 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. 



U.S. Faculty/Staff/Professionals

If you are a U.S. citizen and faculty or staff at a U.S. institution, or professional interested in applying, please visit the Fulbright U.S. Scholar Program.

Non U.S. Citizens

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


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10 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 up to 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), assistance in the visa application process, and Orientation Seminar at the beginning of the grant period.

Grant Period

10 Months

Grant period: From 6 to 10 Months.

Grants must begin in August 2021 and conclude before June 1st, 2022, according to the proposed grant length. Changes or deferrals of the grant period are not allowed. The grant dates must be clearly specified in the application. The grant period begins with an Orientation Seminar organized by the Fulbright Commission in late July 2021. Attendance to the Orientation Seminar by all U.S. Student grantees is mandatory.

Pre-Departure Orientation

No Pre-Departure Orientation

Arrival Orientation


Last week of July 2021.

Candidate Profile

Ten (10) U.S. Student researchers were awarded by the Fulbright Commission in Colombia last year. The following academic profiles are eligible for the award: recent graduates, Master's students, and Ph.D. students. Graduate students conducting thesis/dissertation research are strongly preferred. Applications from all fields of study are welcome. 

Accepted Degree Levels




Foreign Language Proficiency

Recommended - Intermediate

The language requirements vary as required by grant activity, but in general, intermediate Spanish proficiency is recommended to help facilitate the researcher's successful academic performance and interaction with Colombian counterparts, local populations, and other relevant stakeholders.

Candidates with basic or limited Spanish language skills can also be considered if the research topic does not require a fluent Spanish speaker, according to the proposed grant activities. 

Fulbright Proposal Types

Independent Study/Research: Yes

Graduate Degree Enrollment: No


Candidates will be required to have an affiliation with a higher education institution or research center in Colombia. The role of the affiliation in the U.S. Student Researcher 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 support to be provided to the candidate by 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 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 developed wider and stronger ties with the international community in the economic, scientific, academic and cultural sectors.

Colombia has always been a preferred destination for students and scholars worldwide studying and doing research in biodiversity. As the second most biodiverse country in the world, it opens numerous possibilities for academic visitors to expand their knowledge. Colombia provides the most varied set of natural environments with its own unique fauna and flora, passing from plains and deserts to high mountains, snow peaks, Amazonian jungle, and Pacific and Atlantic oceans. This is a perfect journey for adventurous researchers wanting to discover species and establish networks with native communities.

In recent years, the country has become also a primary destination for those studying peace negotiations, rural development, and social transformation. After the signing of the peace agreement ending some 50 years of armed conflict, Colombia became a living laboratory for the implementation of innovative agreements in rural areas among communities of demobilized members of the former insurgency. The “new” Colombia, opens the doors for scholars and students to do research in regions that were not possible to visit during the conflict. A new, more welcoming security environment has been established in the country.

Colombia also has a wide range of higher education institutions with over 278 universities 1,983 master’s programs and 352 doctoral programs. There are currently over 5,207 research groups around the country. Higher Education Institutions and Universities have been adapting their programs and procedures to attract and welcome more foreign scholars and students.  These efforts, supported by the National Ministry of Education and its allies including Colciencias and ICETEX, seek to enhance the capacities of Colombia's higher education system and improve the research and teaching capacities on their campuses. Colombia Challenge Your Knowledge is an initiative led by the top universities in the country to implement the best internationalization practices in order to attract more international visitors. In recent years Colombian and American Universities have signed a number of new partnerships, many funded by Colombia Científica, a Governmental initiative to promote internationalization, science, and research in Colombia, within world-class institutions.

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 English teaching. Broadening the geographical presence of U.S. grantees in the country has been critical to achieving 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 such as ICETEX, the National Ministry of Education, Colciencias, Universidad Nacional de Colombia, Universidad del Valle, Universidad de los Andes, Pontificia Universidad Javeriana, Universidad de Antioquia, Universidad del Norte, Universidad del Rosario, and Universidad EAFIT.

For more information about Colombia, visit To learn more about the U.S. Student Researcher 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