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Colfuturo Scholarships

About the award

Level: Masters, PhD
Course: Any Masters or PhD except those in Medicine and Dentistry.
Country: Colombia
Value: Up to $25,000 for up to 2 years.
No. of awards: 3 PhD awards and an unlimited number of Master's awards.
Deadline: 28th February

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Queen Mary has partnered with Colfuturo since 2015. COLFUTURO is a Colombian non-profit foundation that was established in 1991 with the support of the National Government and some of the most important companies of the private sector in the country at that time. Its main objective is to provide financial support and increase the possibilities of Colombian citizens to access high-quality postgraduate study programs abroad.

The financial support model we use is a Scholarship-Loan. COLFUTURO offers each student up to US$25,000 per year for a maximum of two years. In total, the foundation offers loans of up to US$50,000. Students may be awarded scholarships for 50% of the loaned amount, provided they accomplish these three requirements: (1) be awarded their postgraduate degree, (2) return to Colombia, and (3) remain in the country for three to five years. Students may also obtain an additional 10% discount if, upon returning to the country, they engage in employment for one year in the public sector, or as teachers or researchers in public or private institutions. Those pursuing Masters’ degrees in management or MBA programs are awarded only 25% scholarship of the loaned amount.

To participate in COLFUTURO’s yearly application process, students shall follow the regular admission process to the program at Queen Mary. COLFUTURO does not get involved in the university's selection processes. Additionally, applicants shall demonstrate advanced proficiency in a foreign language and hold an undergraduate degree, except for those students applying to double degree programs.


The selection process considers three main criteria: academic quality of students, the quality of the study program, and the comparison amongst all applicants, maintaining each student’s anonymity. The academic quality of students is assessed with three aspects: undergraduate GPA (Grade Point Average), ranking position within their graduating class and an essay.

The academic program’s quality is determined by a comparative analysis that has evolved and perfected itself for more than 20 years, a grade ranging from 1.0 to 5.0 (where 5.0 is the highest score) is given to the academic program that the student is interested in pursuing.

To accomplish such a task COLFUTURO bases its decision on assessing the study programs, not the educational institutions by themselves; it verifies international rankings based on fields of study and analyses aspects like teacher training, awards, program accreditation, years of experience of the school, admission requirements, admission rate, and the overall characteristics of the educational system.

Candidates are organized from the highest to the lowest pursuant based on the average of their grades and the scores obtained. Then, committees of experts in twelve different fields of study review the lists of applicants and draw the standard cutting line.

Since 1992, the selection process results are published at where selected candidates are listed with their academic information. 

On a yearly basis, COLFUTURO goes through this process following total transparency standards; all candidates participate in the selection process under an equal opportunity basis. Thanks to over 20 years of experience, we are certain that we have selected the most talented Colombians for the world and the best of the world for Colombians. 


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