Colombia is home to the third largest Afro-descendent population in the African Diaspora after the United States and Brazil. However, while there has been a long history of academic exchange between Brazil and the United States, little scholarly attention has been paid to the links between the United States and Colombia. To address this gap, the Pontifica Javeriana University, together with the Embassy of the United States in Colombia is pleased to announce a summer fellowship program for graduate students and recent graduates from the United States. Out of a commitment to stimulating dialogue and international exchange amongst minorities who are typically underrepresented in academic study abroad, this particular fellowship is extended to current students and recent graduates of Historically Black Colleges and Universities (HBCU’s)
The fellowship will be carried out by the Pontifica Javeriania University, a leading institution with a long commitment to establishing a just society, the protection of human rights, and the constructive transformation of society. In alignment with these values, the University launched the nation’s first-ever masters program in Afro-Colombian studies. Selected U.S. fellows will have the opportunity to engage in graduate level seminars, conferences, and cultural exchanges with the students and professors from this inaugural cohort. The summer fellowship will take place in the historic city of Cartagena, which in addition to being a vibrant site with unique forms of black cultural, musical, and linguistic expression, grassroots activism and political engagement, occupies a critical role in the formation of the African diaspora in Colombia, and South America more broadly.
Applicants must currently be enrolled in a graduate program at a Historically Black Colleges and Universities (HBCU), or be a recent graduates from a HBCU. In addition, successful applicants preferably might have intermediate Spanish skills, and be comfortable participating in a graduate-level seminar in Spanish. Applicants must also be available to travel to Colombia for a period of 10 days during the month of April 2020.
Each fellowship award includes round trip airfare between Colombia and the United States as well as hotel lodging during their stay. The internship will be carried out in the city of Cartagena, where fellows will participate in an academic exchange program with students in the masters program in Afro-Colombian Studies from the Pontifica Javeriana University. Visiting fellows will attend graduate-level seminars, participate in discussion, and explore a research topic relating to Cartagena. This year, seminar discussions and research topics will focus on three specific areas of interest: