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Fulbright U.S. Student Researcher Award

For Americans

U.S. professionals will have access to grants for research and teaching activities, or residencies to support English language teaching at a Colombian institution.

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U.S. Student Researcher


SubcategoryResearch and Teaching

<span>Call for applications open. 2024-2025 </span><br><span>Competition Deadline: Tuesday, October 10, 2023</span><br><span> 5:00 pm (Eastern Time)</span>

Call for applications open. 2024-2025
Competition Deadline: Tuesday, October 10, 2023
5:00 pm (Eastern Time)



The U.S. Study/Research Award allows young professionals, recent graduates, artists, and graduate students to conduct collaborative research projects for up to one academic year (10 months) at a higher education institution, research center, public institution, or NGO 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, Orientation Seminar at the beginning of the grant period, and monitoring and advising by the Fulbright Commission during the period of stay in the country.

This program promotes academic mobility and integration for professionals, young researchers, artists, and graduate students, while setting the basis for further academic collaboration and fostering interdisciplinary work/research that addresses different needs and challenges in Colombia and the U.S. This award also creates links between U.S. Student researchers and key stakeholders in Colombia, including government agencies, entrepreneurs, NGOs, local communities, students, among others, and supports the internationalization processes at Colombian higher education institutions and other eligible host institutions.

During the academic year, up to 8 awards for this highly prestigious and competitive program will be offered to students who demonstrate academic excellence, leadership potential, and the ability to be cultural ambassadors of the U.S. in Colombia.

Candidates at all degree levels will be considered; however, graduate students conducting a thesis or dissertation research project are preferred. Preference will be given to candidates who will be based in underrepresented Colombian regions (i.e. outside of Bogotá D.C., Cali, and Medellín). The program is offered to:

  • Recent graduates.
  • M.A. and Ph.D. candidates.
  • Young professionals, including writers, creative and performing artists, journalists, and professionals in law, business, and other professional fields.

The grant period must begin in August 2024 and conclude before June 1st, 2025, according to the proposed grant length. Changes or deferrals of the grant period are not allowed. Grant dates must be clearly specified in the application and invitation letter. The grant duration in months must be a whole number. It is recommended that the selected candidates begin their stays between August and September, in order to facilitate the process of traveling to Colombia. The completion date will be the choice of each U.S. Grantee.

To learn more about Colombia as a travel destination, visit For questions related to the Fulbright U.S. Student Researcher Program in Colombia, please email the Educational Counseling division at the Fulbright Commission in Colombia at 




Preference will be given to qualified candidates who have not had substantial recent experience in the country to which they are applying. Exceptions will be made only in rare and compelling circumstances.

On average, no more than eight (8) U.S. Student researcher grants are awarded by the Fulbright Commission in Colombia every year. The following academic profiles are eligible for this award: recent graduates, Master’s students, Ph.D. students, and artists. Graduate students conducting thesis/dissertation research are strongly preferred. Applications from all fields of study are welcome. However, proposals related to the following fields will be prioritized:

  1. Biotechnology, Bioeconomy, and Environment.
  2. Basic and Space Sciences.
  3. Life and Health Sciences.
  4. Social Sciences, Human Development, and Equity.
  5. Sustainable Energy.
  6. Creative and Cultural Industries.
  7. Ocean and Hydrological Resources.
  8. Converging Technologies (nano-, info-, and cogno- industries 4.0.).
  9. Climate Change and Sustainability.
  10. Entrepreneurship.
  11. Education.
  12. Public Administration.
  13. Science, Technology, Engineering, and Mathematics.
  14. Public and Global Health.
  15. Human Development.
  16. Sustainable Development Goals SDGs.

Projects that involve work with communities outside the host institution, and/or addressing topics related to diversity, equity, and inclusion will be particularly welcome.


  • U.S. citizens holding dual U.S.-Colombian citizenship are eligible.
  • Residency in the host country is permitted in the year prior to the grant.
  • Grantees with dual U.S. and Colombian nationality are required by Colombian law to enter the country on a Colombian passport.
  • Hold a bachelor’s degree, or be currently enrolled in a master’s or doctoral program.
  • Arrange your own placement at an accredited Colombian university, institute or research organization.
  • Proficient in spoken and written Spanish.
  • Letter required for independent study or research by deadline. Applicants must submit an invitation letter signed by the director of the department, academic unit, institute, or research center interested in hosting the candidate, or alternatively, signed by the professor or researcher who is interested in working with the candidate in the proposed project, provided that this invitation has been approved by the department director or dean.
  • Special Application Instructions: as part of their project proposal, candidates must specify the academic products, contributions, or outcomes that they expect to achieve during their grant period. All grantees, regardless of their award activity, are expected to lead at least one public conference related to their project or field of expertise during their grant period.

For more information, please visit the applicable page to verify eligibility and ineligibility requirements: 

This grant is administered by the Institute of International Education (IIE) in the United States. Information about the application process, application instructions, and a link to the application forms are available

You can also contact:

IIE Team

Western Hemisphere

Fulbright U.S. Student Program

Institute of International Education

Fulbright Colombia Commission

Educational Consulting

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