Colombia: Colciencias PhD scholarships 2017

The Colombian government agency Colciencias opened its call for applications for Colombian nationals to apply to PhD fellowships abroad on 31 May 2017. Prospective Colombian PhD students may apply to a PhD scholarship for a maximum of 48 months until 31 July. The scholarship covers living expenses, insurance, travel and tuition. The University of Groningen/University Medical Center Groningen is one of the foreign institutions eligible to receive students with a Colciencias scholarship due to its position on the international rankings.

2017 PhD deadlines

Students themselves are responsible to submit their application to Colciencias. The following general dates & deadlines for PhD applicants apply:

  • Applications to be submitted as of 31 May 2017
  • Application deadline 31 July 2017, 3 PM (local time, Colombia)
  • Publication of results: 29 November 2017

Start of scholarship at the University of Groningen/University Medical Center Groningen: at least three months after publication of the results due to practicalities (visa, housing, etc.). The earliest possible start date of the scholarship for Colciencias is in 2018.

UMCG PhD information

If you are a Colombian prospective PhD student, we welcome you to look into our Research Portfolio and read the FAQs about our PhD program. You can also download a small informative brochure. The outline of the PhD curriculum you may find in the PhD Study Guide. Information on tuition can be found here.

Questions? Contact us!

Information UMCG PhD supervisors should submit to the Graduate School

UMCG Principal Investigators who are in touch with a Colombian prospective PhD student should request support from the Graduate School of Medical Sciences to facilitate the candidate's application to Colciencias funding. Colciencias explicitly excludes letters of acceptance by the prospective PhD supervisor, such letter should be issued by the Graduate School. You should provide the Graduate School with the following documentation/information:

CV of the candidate, including:

  • Full name
  • Place & Date of Birth
  • Candidate e-mail

About the project:

  • Total number of months of funding requested (max. 48 months)
  • Start date PhD project (between September 2017 and March 2018)
  • PhD project title
  • Title(s) and name(s) supervisor(s) and their departmental affiliation

Tuition for PhD studies at the UMCG for the academic year 2017-2018 has been established at EUR 10.000.