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Fulbright-Universidad Nacional de Colombia Distinguished Chair in Biodiversity and Sustainable Development

Western Hemisphere


Award Details
Award Activity

The grantee may conduct research, teach graduate or undergraduate courses, participate in conferences and seminars, carry out fieldwork, advise students or faculty, among other activities.

Other specific objectives:
• Promoting the mobility and integration of professionals, professors, and researchers while setting the basis for further collaborative research
• Fostering interdisciplinary work/research that addresses different needs of Colombia
• Generating links between U.S. scholars and key stakeholders in Colombia, including government agencies, entrepreneurs, NGOs, local communities, students, etc.
• Supporting the internationalization process of the Universidad Nacional de Colombia

The primary objective of this award is to promote research and academic collaboration between U.S. scholars and their counterparts at Universidad Nacional de Colombia, in the fields of biodiversity and sustainability.

The grantee will be hosted at the largest public university in Colombia. Universidad Nacional de Colombia is the country's most comprehensive higher education institution, offering 95 undergraduate programs as well as 165 master’s degrees and 64 doctoral programs. Among its academic community, the university has more than 53,000 students and more than 3,000 faculty staff throughout the country. In addition, it is the leading university in terms of scientific production in Colombia, with 794 recognized research groups and 637 laboratories. In the area of biodiversity and environmental sciences, there are currently 320 research groups, which have carried out more than 1,500 research projects.

According to the Convention on Biological Diversity, Colombia is listed as one of the world’s "megadiverse" countries, hosting close to 10% of the planet’s biodiversity. At the international level, it ranks first in bird and orchid species diversity and second in plants, butterflies, freshwater fishes, and amphibians. With 314 types of ecosystems, Colombia possesses a rich complexity of ecological, climatic, biological and ecosystem components. Colombia was categorized as one of the world’s richest countries in aquatic resources, which is explained in part by the fact that it has access to the Atlantic and the Pacific Oceans. Moreover, the country’s large watersheds feed into the four massive sub-continental basins of the Amazon, Orinoco, Caribbean, Magdalena-Cauca and the Pacific. 

The Colombian government has undertaken significant efforts over the last few decades to explore, value, and preserve the country's unique biodiversity and natural resources in a sustainable way. Under the implementation of the current Peace Agreement, the improvement of security conditions in several regions of Colombia has opened up opportunities for exploration, development, and research.

Award Length
Three to six months
Award Dates

Grantees can choose the most suitable grant dates according to their availability and arrangements with the host institution. A schedule of grant activities should be included in the statement of purpose. The grant must be initiated and completed between August 1, 2021, and June 30, 2022. The first segment of Flex grants must be completed before June 30, 2022.


Universidad Nacional de Colombia has nine campuses, which are distributed across the country, as follows: four in the Andean Region, located in the cities of Bogota, Manizales, Medellin and Palmira; and five in Colombian border zones, located in the cities of Leticia (Amazonía), San Andrés, (Caribbean), Arauca (Orinoquia), Tumaco (Nariño) and La Paz (Cesar).

Flex Option
Flex Description

Flex grants, which allow the grant to be split into multiple in-country visits, will be considered. The minimum length of any grant segment is one month and the maximum length is three months. Two or three segments may be spread across one or two consecutive academic years.

All candidates applying to a Flex grant must specify in their applications the expected dates of grant segments.

Discipline Type
Only applications in the following disciplines will be considered
Environmental Sciences
History, non- U.S.
Information Sciences/Systems
Medical Sciences
Political Science
Public Administration
Public Health
Urban Planning
Application Deadline

Research includes activities involving scientific research, qualitative research, quantitative research, and practice-based research, including artistic research. Research can take place in locations such as the laboratory, the field, the archives, or an artist residency. It can be experimental, clinical, or applied. It can include examining policies, systems, theories, methods, interactions, and works of art and music, with the objective to evaluate or develop new knowledge or works. Quantifiable (tangible) outcomes can include publications (books, journal articles, scripts, etc.), conference presentations, artistic and musical compositions, exhibitions, performances, films, and patents.

Degree Requirements
Ph.D. (or other terminal degree) required
Number of Recipients
Program Staff
Michelle Bolourchi
Outreach and Recruitment Specialist

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Grantees may conduct research, teach graduate or undergraduate courses, participate in conferences and seminars, carry out fieldwork, and advise students or faculty members, among other activities.