Peacebuilding in Colombia 2020 Scholarships

Peacebuilding in Colombia 2020
Universidad de Los Andes Academic Summer Course
Red Tree Study Scholarship Funding

These scholarships will offer recipients the chance to learn first-hand about the recent history of the Colombian conflict and the challenges of implementing the current peace deal. Students will be enrolled at Universidad de Los Andes in Bogota, Colombia, for three weeks, during which time they will combine lectures and seminars on campus with site visits that deliver practical knowledge of the political and social situation in Colombia. They will visit the UN, JEP, Congress, and the Reparation of Victims Unit, for example. They will hear directly from people involved in the conflict, including ex-combatants, social leaders, victims, politicians and negotiators.

To mark the 5th Anniversary of this hugely successful course, there are  two full scholarship places, to the value of $3,900 USD each.

Who can apply?

We are looking for applicants who are enthusiastic, hardworking, and keen to learn more about peace and conflict in Colombia. Candidates do not need prior knowledge of Colombian or Latin American politics, but should demonstrate an eagerness to engage in lively debate during the course tutorials and site visits.  The program is open to students from a range of arts, humanities and social science subjects, and is aimed particularly at those with an interest in conflict resolution and international relations in Latin America. Applicants must be enrolled on a full-time undergraduate or postgraduate degree program for the academic year 2019/20.

What is included?

The 2020 Peacebuilding in Colombia 5th Anniversary Scholarships cover full participation in the course which runs at Universidad de Los Andes from Monday 8 to Friday 26 June 2020. This includes supervised bed and breakfast accommodation (a private room in a modern student residence with kitchen facilities), an airport pickup upon arrival in Bogota, a schedule of site visits and excursions as part of the academic provision, as well as a supplementary calendar of social and cultural activities, all of which are covered by the scholarship. Participants will need to arrange their own flights to and from Colombia, and to cover the costs of some lunchtime and evening meals.

Previous Participants

The scholarship recipients will be joining students from prestigious universities throughout the world. Our students have come from Duke, Brown, Yale the University of Southern California, Vassar College, SFSU, The University of Maryland, Ohio State, Emory University, Boston University and NYU in the USA; Queen’s University Belfast, the University of Cambridge, the University of Bristol, Durham University, the University of Sussex, Cardiff University, Aberystwyth University, Sheffield, QMUL and York in the UK, Queen’s Ontario and the University of British Columbia, in Canada, Uppsala and Lund in Sweden, and many more. You can read reviews of the course from many of these students online here and here.

We have provided numerous students with scholarship funding to study in Colombia in recent years, many of whom have continued to study the region and its political and social developments long after their time in Bogota. To hear directly from some of our 2019 scholarship recipients, please click here.

Scholarship application process

Applications for the 2020 Peacebuilding in Colombia 5th Anniversary Scholarships are open until Friday 13 December 2019. Applicants must submit a scholarship application form, accompanying academic reference, and a general program application form by this date in order to apply for the funding. The final selection will be made by the Director of the Masters in Peacebuilding course at Universidad de Los Andes. Red Tree Study will announce the scholarship recipients on or before Friday 24 January 2020. All applicants will be contacted via email to let them know the outcome of their application.

Please email apps@redtreestudy.com to request an application.

You can read more about the program here on our website.

Alfa Fellowship Program – Deadline 15 November

The Alfa Fellowship Program is a distinguished international initiative that each year offers up to 18 accomplished young Americans, Britons, and Germans the opportunity to complete a high-level professional development program in Russia. Over the course of the program, fellows complete work placements at leading institutions, attend professional seminars, and receive intensive language training.

The fellowship provides a monthly stipend, accommodation, insurance, all program-related travel costs, language training in Russia, and private tutoring in the U.S., U.K., or Germany.

Key goals of the Alfa Fellowship Program are to expand networks of American, British, German, and Russian professionals, develop greater intercultural understanding, and advance knowledge of Russian affairs in the West.

Participant Profile

Fellows have a demonstrated interest in Russian and European and Eurasian affairs, exceptional academic and professional credentials, proven personal initiative, and clear goals and expectations for their professional assignments.

Fellows are between the ages of 25 and 35 with graduate degrees and professional experience in business, economics, journalism, law, public policy, or related fields.

Fellows possess leadership potential and are active in community or public service.

While Russian language skills vary, most fellows have studied Russian for at least two years at the post-secondary level.

Eligibility Requirements

U.S., U.K., or German citizen between the ages of 25 and 35 (Russian citizens are ineligible to apply, including individuals who are also citizens of the United States, United Kingdom, or Germany)
Bachelor’s degree and 2-3 years of relevant professional experience in business, economics, journalism, law, public policy, or a related field

Desired Qualifications

  • Outstanding professional achievement and academic qualifications
  • Active involvement in community or public service
  • Russian language experience is preferred, however not required, at the time of application. If an applicant does not speak Russian, he or she will need to demonstrate proficiency in another foreign language to qualify for the program
  • Graduate degree in business, economics, journalism, law, public policy, international relations, or a related field
  • Evidence of leadership potential

The Alfa Fellowship Program is a professional-level initiative focused on the fellows’ assignments in Russia. The Alfa Fellowship Program will not sponsor independent or academic research.

The Alfa Fellowship Program includes the following benefits:

  • Round-trip transportation to New York City or London and accommodation (if needed) for selection interviews
  • Orientation seminar in Washington, D.C., including speakers, activities, travel, and accommodation
  • Program-related transportation between U.S./U.K./Germany and Russia
  • Pre-departure and Russia-based language training
  • Moscow Seminar Program, including briefings, assignment planning, and excursions
  • A generous monthly stipend during the program in Russia
  • All program-related travel within Russia
  • Accommodation in Moscow
  • Limited international health, accident, and liability insurance during the program in Russia

Application Deadline:

The deadline to apply for the 2019-2020 program year is:

November 15, 2019

For details regarding the application process and to access the online application, please visit the How to Apply section.

Selection Interviews 2020:

Interviews for candidates based in the U.S. take place in late January in NYC, and interviews for candidates based in Europe take place in mid-February in London.

Please note: if selected to interview, you will be required to attend the interview in person on the day it is scheduled in order to be considered for the fellowship.

If you are offered and choose to accept the fellowship, the program begins in March. For more information and to apply please visit:

https://culturalvistas.org/programs/abroad/alfa-fellowship-program