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 also become 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 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.
To learn more about Colombia as a destination, visit this website. If you are interested in the experience of previous U.S. Scholars in the country, please visit the Fulbright Commission website. If you have any questions or need assistance in finding a suitable host institution for your application, please email Program Officer, Sergio Sánchez.