Colombian Government Masters & PhD Scholarships 2019/2020 for International Students

Government of Colombia is now accepting MSc and PhD scholarships applications from foreign citizens for the 2019/2020 academic year.

Government of Colombia is offering Scholarship to foreign citizens interested in doing Specializations, Masters and PhD programs in Colombia. They are financial grants offered to foreign citizens, in return for international cooperation received by Colombia under existing cooperation agreements.


Eligible candidates must:

  • be foreign professionals in the range of age between 25-49 years old
  • have undergraduate degree (university degree or bachelor) in different disciplines
  • have a grade point average of 4.0 on the Colombian scale of 1 to 5
  • 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 us a certificate of these competences and must have an admission letter from the Colombian educational institution in any career determined in the catalog annex to this call.
  • The candidate must not live in Colombia and must not have Colombian nationality
  • Prove minimum one year experience in their field of study, after obtaining the degree.
  • The candidate must have successfully completed college.
  • The academic program should start in the second semester of 2018. Admission to programs starting in 2019 will not be contemplated.
  • The documents must arrived through the embassies or directly to the International Relations Office of ICETEX in Bogotá-Colombia before the 28th June 2019.

Selection Criteria: 

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

Government of Colombia Postgraduate Scholarships Value

  • TUITION FEES: 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 $208.853 COP) for once during the period of studies, just in case of circumstances beyond the beneficiary control.
  • STIPEND FOR BOOKS AND MATERIALS: Grant of $401.321 COP 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 {$401.321 COP for once at the beginning of studies

Duration of Program: 

  • 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.
  • 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

How to Apply for Government of Colombia Postgraduate Scholarship

  • Required documents, which are detailed in this call, should be at ICETEX on the date indicated in the notice.
  • No documents will be received outside the established dates.
  • The documents required in this call must be translated into Spanish
  • All application documents to this call should be sent to ICETEX through the Embassy from the country of origin of the applicant in Colombia. In case of absence of diplomatic representation in Colombia, the applicant must
    send it directly to ICETEX.



Application Deadline: 28th June 2019


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