The Carolina Foundation opens the call for postgraduate and doctoral scholarships for the 2022-2023 academic year. This year it presents 594, with the aim of influencing the process of socioeconomic, productive and digital change in both Latin America and Europe. It also emphasizes the incorporation of women into scientific branches, in responding to the needs of Central America and in seeking that science produces a significant impact on society.
This is the twenty-second edition of the Foundation’s scholarships and they are distributed as follows: 236 postgraduate, 90 doctorate and short postdoctoral stays, 27 for faculty mobility, 121 for institutional studies and 120 renewals of doctoral scholarships. In total, there are 171 academic programs (143 of them postgraduate).
The design of the scholarships seeks to respond to the Sustainable Development Goals of the 2030 Agenda, approved in 2015 by the United Nations and aimed at a development that prioritizes people, the planet, prosperity, peace and partnerships. For this reason, this year, under the direction of José Antonio Sanahuja, it emphasizes fields such as urban sustainability, food security, psychological health and gender studies.
The Carolina Foundation is an institution that was created in 2000 as part of the Spanish cooperation system, with the aim of promoting cultural, educational and scientific relations between Spain and Latin America.
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The privilege of Colombia
Colombia’s relationship with the Carolina Foundation is privileged. Since 2006 it is the country that contributes the most scholarship holders. Colombia leads, in all editions, the lists of both applicants and applications. Since records began (2004), Colombians have applied for 687,122 scholarships. It represents a third of the annual total. The Carolina Foundation’s investment in Colombia amounts to 29,537,411 euros.
80 percent of the scholarships awarded are for postgraduate studies in art, humanities and communication, economics and finance and energy, environment and infrastructure.
“It is a great opportunity”, says Luis Guillermo Plata, Colombian ambassador to Spain. “Between 2000 and 2020, 3,148 Colombians were 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. The work in the country is aimed at reinforcing the patronage with the presence of public institutions dedicated to education, science and technology, to achieve a better gender balance and to mobilize resources in coordination with Icetex.
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The Foundation has agreements with 27 academic institutions in Colombia. In addition, there are three more with Icetex, which seek to enable 110 professionals to attend short courses at the Summer School of the Complutense University of Madrid.
“Education is one of the fundamental pillars of the relationship between Spain with Colombia”, affirms Ambassador Plata. “In 2021 we will arrange meetings with different Spanish universities —even in distance mode— and I can say with total certainty that there is a high interest on the part of the directors of the different educational institutes in further promoting student mobility and offering scholarships for our students. Colombians,” he adds. “We continue to strengthen ties 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. And, on the other hand, it has 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 four years after the peace accords: a prospective analysis (2020) by Rafael Grasa, professor at the Universitat Autònoma de Barcelona.
The deadline to apply for this year’s postgraduate scholarships and institutional studies ends on March 15, while the one for doctoral scholarships, short stays, teacher mobility programs and institutional studies does so on April 7.