Chilean International Cooperation Agency (AGCI) – Nelson Mandela Scholarships for 2018

Chilean International Cooperation Agency (AGCI) – Nelson Mandela Scholarships for 2018

Programme outline
The Chilean International Cooperation Agency (AGCI) is offering scholarships for accredited Master's degree studies, taught in Spanish, at Chilean universities and higher education institutions, for the 2018 academic year, beginning in March 2018.
Degree level
31 October 2017
Applications submitted by public officials or academic officials at officially recognized universities in South Africa will be given priority. Classes and/or the Spanish course shall begin on or after the first week of March 2018, so selected candidates must be available to travel to Chile for these dates.
What the scholarship offers

The scholarship provides benefits that are limited to the following items:

    i. An Immersion Spanish Language Course that may last for one (1) academic semester in advance of or in parallel with the start of the corresponding Master's Program. (Applicants who are certified in the Spanish language need not take this course).

    ii. Payment of return air fares between the capital of their country of origin and their destination city on arrival in Chile (applicants must finance their own stays in the city of Santiago, Chile, to undertake paperwork procedures with AGCI) and back to the capital of the country of origin on completing their studies.

    iii. Payment of matriculation, tuition, and graduation fees charged by the corresponding higher education institution, for the duration of the postgraduate program, with a limit of four (4) academic semesters or six (6) academic quarters, depending on the calendar used by the corresponding institution (up to a maximum of twenty-four (24) months). In any case, all costs that correspond exclusively to the academic curriculum of the study program for which the scholarship is granted must be included.

    iv. Payment of a monthly maintenance stipend of five hundred thousand Chilean pesos (CLP 500,000) for the duration of the scholarship period. Said stipend shall be paid for the duration of the program, up to a limit of twenty-four (24) months.

    v. AGCI will only pay scholarship holders 100% of the monthly stipend for the months of December, January, and/or February if they remain in Chile for more than half of the corresponding month. In any other case, AGCI will pay only 50% of the value of the stipend (months of December, January, and February).

    vi. For the duration of the scholarship, coverage for the holder with life, health, and accident insurance for events that affect them and occur within Chile territory. They will also be provided with a Collaboration Convention with the Public Health Social Security System (FONASA), and shall be entitled to care through the Chilean Public Health System and Services, from the time when they are issued with a national identity card by the Chilean Civil Registration Service.

    vii. Scholarship holders will be granted a single payment amounting to ninety thousand pesos (CLP 90,000) for study materials and textbooks, paid during the first study cycle of their program.
    viii. Scholarship holders will be granted a single payment of one half of their monthly stipend for thesis costs or analogous requirements of their higher education institution for granting the corresponding degree, so long as their grade point average is equal to or higher than 5.5 (five point five [out of seven]) or equivalent. For these purposes scholarship holders must provide documentary proof of the aspects discussed in Clause 3, Point V of the Scholarship Granting and Acceptance Agreement, the format of which is attached hereto as Annex 2, before the end of the nineteenth (19th) month of payment by AGCI of the stipend discussed in Point IV of this section.

    See attached Call for Applications for more information
    Fields of Study
    Astronomy, Agriculture, Aquaculture, Energy, Management of Public Policies, Health, Environment, and Mining, (see Annex 1 for a full list).
    Application process
    Steps to be followed when applying:
    The student browses through Annex 1 to decide on the university and MA academic programme s/he wants to pursue:
      1. The student then has to check the university's/ universities' website(s) and submits an application;
      2. It is advisable for applicants to follow a parallel process of simultaneously applying for the scholarship through the Chilean Embassy in Pretoria [this helps just in case the university responds after the scholarship deadline];
      3. The applicant should then make follow up with the university/ universities until admission letter is received; and 
      4. The university's admission letter from the university should be immediately submitted through the Chilean Embassy in Pretoria.
      See all Annexes below for full information on the application process.
      Scholarship application documents must be submitted at the Chilean Embassy in South Africa.
      Queries can be sent to: Ms Magdalena Godoy
      Email: Tel: 012460 8090 / 012 460 8093
      Practical advice
      • Applicants are advised to make sure they have a passport that will expire, at the least, three years later or reapply for a new passport.
      • ApplicantsEmployed applicants should establish whether or not their employers would release them for a period of two years and 6 months (30 months) since the first 6 months is for an intensive Spanish course followed by 2 years/ 24 months for the MA course. Alternatively the applicant should be willing to resign and be optimistic the course will open doors on their return. This is indeed a realistic expectation given that the recipient of the scholarship will, amongst others, have acquired a more senior academic qualification, learnt a new language (Spanish), gotten international exposure, etc.
      Documents and links

      Please note that this opportunity is not offered by the Department of Higher Education and Training. Applicants are required to undertake their own research into programmes and institutions. If there are any discrepancies in the details provided, the information given by the sponsor supersedes the details provided above.