Carolina Foundation Scholarship part one

Carolina Foundation Scholarship


The Carolina Scholarship Foundation is one of the best foundations with the widest coverage of scholarships. They have a lot of schools that partner with them and I took it upon myself to make a series comprising three separate posts to highlight all you need to know about this foundation. Watch out for parts 2 and 3 of this post.


A general overview of the Carolina Foundation Scholarship

An online call with the 2030 Agenda

Beyond our nationality and condition, we are linked by a common purpose: human progress, which means that each person can fully develop their potential on a planet that is to be preserved for present and future generations. That universal horizon of progress for all humanity is what defines the 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development, adopted in 2015 by the United Nations. In this agenda, higher education and scientific and technological knowledge are a central driver, and contribute transversally to realize the 2030 Agenda in its five “P”: caring for the planet; the development of people; a prosperity that leaves no one behind; peace, justice and strong and accountable institutions; and partnerships and partnerships between all actors.

The 2030 Agenda is the immediate horizon of the call for the 2019 Carolina Foundation scholarship, as it is also for the institutions, companies and universities that make it possible, and for Spain and the whole of the countries of the Latin-American Community of Nations. It offers training and research opportunities in all fields of the 2030 Agenda: in the basic sciences and technologies that will contribute to implementing sustainable production and consumption systems; to face climate change and preserve the biosphere; to improve business activity and affirm the productivity agenda on which decent employment and the material progress of society must rest; and in the social and political fields, to promote institutional change and social innovation, equality between women and men and in society as a whole, and with it, to promote more peaceful and secure societies, revitalize democracy and the rule of law and their legitimacy.

For the academic year 2019-2020, the training activity of the Carolina Foundation is articulated through the following modalities: postgraduate, doctoral program and short postdoctoral stays, teacher mobility program, scholarship programs and institutional studies

The number of scholarships and grants offered is 735, which are broken down as follows:

  • 281 postgraduate scholarships
  • 100 doctoral scholarships and short postdoctoral stays
  • 66 Teacher Mobility Scholarships
  • 179 scholarships for institutional studies
  • 109 doctoral scholarship renewals


Scholarship to study masters and specialization courses

They aim the Carolina Foundation at the training of national graduates of a Latin America country, a member of the Latin America Community of Nations or Portugal, academic or professional capacity backed by an outstanding resume in Spain.

The program offers two support modalities:

  • Scholarship
  • study aid

The main difference between both aid modalities lies in the different economic contributions that are accessed by the Carolina Foundation, the Spanish academic institutions and the beneficiary himself.

Warning: The creation of the European Higher Education Area could imply some modifications in certain aspects of the courses offered by the Carolina Foundation, among others, related to their duration, number of hours, etc.

If there is any modification, it will be announced and communicated individually to the applicants of the course that could be affected.

Finally, the Foundation does not guarantee the approval of Spanish degrees in Latin America.


Doctoral Scholarships and short postdoctoral Stays

The doctoral scholarship is aimed at promoting the obtaining of the academic degree of doctorate among the professors of the Latin America universities associated with the Carolina Foundation, while the goal of the short-stay postdoctoral fellowships is to complete the postdoctoral training of the professors of these centres and facilitate the establishment of academic networks between Spain and America.

Both types of scholarships are based on a co-financing regime, set out in bilateral educational cooperation agreements, mainly based on the principle of equal opportunities.

The general framework of the co-financing system contemplates that 60% of the total cost of the scholarship is covered by the Carolina Foundation and the remaining 40% by the university or institution of Latin America.

In a program like this, it is aimed at fostering a doctorate only within the higher education system in Latin America; the co-financing system is very beneficial. The most significant advantage offered by this program is that it makes co-participants of these scholarships to Latin American universities so that these teachers, once they reach the degree of a doctorate, return to their home universities that are the economic co-responsible for their training.

To achieve the aforementioned objectives, The Carolina Foundation negotiates the signing of agreements with universities or governmental instances that group all the universities of the same country or, at least, all those considered public. This last formula ensures the publication of national calls in those countries where it is possible to sign this type of agreement, which makes this program accessible to any Latin America teacher.

Spanish university solidarity: The majority of Spanish public universities exempt the payment of the program fees leading to the academic degree of a doctor and some even take part in the monthly maintenance of the fellows. This implication implies a decrease in the contribution that corresponds to the Latin America university and the Carolina Foundation.


NOTE: The University Foundation and Carolina Foundation work together to promote and contribute to the effective principle of equality for people with disabilities. To this end, the university foundation, in collaboration with the Carolina Foundation, launches a program of complementary aid for persons with accredited disabilities and who have been beneficiaries of a Carolina Foundation scholarship. The operation of these grants will be announced to the beneficiaries of the scholarships once they have been granted.


There are a lot of Institutions and Universities of Latin America that co-finance the PhD scholarships and short postdoctoral stays. Below are some countries where these universities are located:

  • Argentina
  • Bolivia
  • Chile
  • Columbia
  • Costa Rica
  • Cuba
  • Equador
  • Guatemala
  • Honduras
  • Mexico
  • Nicaragua
  • Panama
  • Paraguay
  • Peru
  • Uruguay
  • Venezuela

Safe Scholarship will bring you the remaining parts of the series shortly.

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