Colombia Government Postgraduate Scholarships for Foreign Citizens to Study in Colombia 2018/2019

Colombia Government Postgraduate Scholarships for Foreign Citizens to Study in Colombia 2018/2019

Deadline: June 1, 2018

The Colombia Government is offering Scholarship for Foreign Citizens to purse Specialist or Master or PhD (depending on the academic program) studies at a Colombian educational institution. Financial grants are offered to foreign citizens, in return for international cooperation received by Colombia under existing cooperation agreements.

Postgraduate scholarships in Colombia will have a maximum of twelve (12) months for specialization and twenty-four (24) months to master and up to thirty-six (36) months for doctorate. The scholarship holder of doctorates that last more than 3 years have to assume by themselves the allowance for the rest of the program. Nevertheless, the Colombian university will cover all the tuition fees during the whole program.

The scholarships are awarded on an annual term, for that reason, for more than 12 months academic programs (master and doctorate) the scholar must request an extension for his second year. The extension is subject to the requirements of the ICETEX. It is clear that ICETEX has no financial obligation to cover the economic expenses incurred once the academic program has ended. The scholarship does not cover the period of degree work, neither internships or field studies.

Scholarship Value

  • Tuition: 100% coverage of all these costs granted by the Colombian universities (only for academic programs found in the catalog of this call).
  • Incidental: Grant of $208.853COP) for once during the period of studies, just in case of circumstances beyond the beneficiary control.
  • Stipend for books and materials: Grant of $401.321COP for once, at the beginning of the academic program
  • Monthly allowance: Grant of the sum equivalent to 3 Minimum Monthly Legal salaries. $2.343.726 COP
  • Health Insurance: Wide coverage in medical assistance only in Colombia, during the period of studies.
  • Installation Costs: Grant of {$401.321COP for once at the beginning of studies.


  • Open to foreign professionals in the range of age between 25-49 years old
  • Applicants should have undergraduate degree (university degree or bachelor) in different disciplines
  • Applicants should have a grade point average of 4.0 on the Colombian scale of 1 to 5, and at least 1 year of professional experience in their field of study.
  • The candidate must master the Spanish language (reading, writing and speaking)
  • He/she must deliver a certificate of these competences
  • Prove minimum one year experience in their field of study, after obtaining the degree.
  • The candidate must have successfully completed college.
  • The candidate must have an admission letter from the Colombian educational institution in any career determined in the catalog annex to this call. The academic program should start in the second semester of 2018. Admission to programs starting in 2019 will not be contemplated.
  • The candidate must not live in Colombia and must not have Colombian nationality.

Addressed to all countries cooperating with Colombia, except ecuadorian, peruvian and frencha citizens as there is a program aimed to professionals from these countries.

Selection Criteria

  • Academic excellence
  • Coherence between the academic trajectory, work experience and academic program
  • Professional working experience
  • Study Project
  • Reciprocity on educational cooperation


Learn more about how to apply.

For more information, visit Colombia Government Scholarships.