The College of Engineering at the University of Delaware (UD) has had a 20 year tradition of attracting bright engineering students from across Colombia into its various graduate and doctorate programs of study. More recently, our program has grown to include the participation of the Departments of Chemistry, Physics, Statistics, and Data Science. Our faculty at the University of Delaware are proud to be educators to great talent from Colombia. We are also excited that we have began to expand this program into other countries with talented students from Uruguay, Peru, and Bolivia.

The past 20 years have been amazing — in this time, over 30 PhD students from Colombia have received the PhD degree at UD just in Electrical and Computer Engineering. Over 200 Colombian students have participated in the Summer Research Exchange at UD, many of which are now pursuing their doctoral studies at the University of Delaware. We have been fortunate to recruit great talent: Summa Cum Laude and Magna Cum Laude graduates, as well as Fulbright and Colciencias grantees.

We take pride in getting to know our valuable academic partners in Colombia and reaching out to them for establishing research collaborations, partnerships, and dual degree programs. Close to 30% of our PhD graduates return to Colombia to join industry or teach at major universities across the Country. Other graduates can be found teaching at some of the best universities in the United States, in research laboratories of leading industries such as Intel, DuPont, Qualcomm, and IBM, and some have began their own technology companies.

We invite all potential students to consider joining us at the University of Delaware in outstanding academic programs ranging from short summer research visits to doctoral studies.


Areas of Study

The Summer research program covers several areas of study within the college of engineering. For further information, please visit the website of each department.

The list with all the faculty participating this year with the projects can be found here.

Outline of the Program

  1. The visiting scholars (or their home institution) cover their transportation and Visa costs.

  2. Through the program, the University of Delaware & hosting Faculty Members provide stipend for the Visiting Scholars to cover their costs of living in Delaware.

Procedure to Apply

  1. The applicants should prepare a short 2-page resume (CV) including your GPA. If the applicant has research publications, a maximum of 2 can be attached. However, research publications are not required.

  2. The applicant should prepare a 1-page cover letter describing his/her research interests (please be as specific as possible) and identify up to 3 Faculty Members at the University of Delaware with similar research interests.

  3. By February 15th, 2024, the applicant should complete the following Google Form where all the above information will be required to be uploaded on a single pdf.

Contact Nestor Porras if you have any questions.

Based on the applications we receive, we plan to select around 15-20 participants for the summer program.

We will then initiate the applicants-faculty matching based on mutual research interests, with the goal to have all candidates selected by March to make sure we have all the visa, health insurance and housing issues addressed in time. We will then work with the selected applicants on an individual basis to address the pending issues in time to be ready for the summer.

We look forward to hear from you in great numbers this year!

Universities that have participated before:

• Universidad Nacional de Colombia
• Universidad Industrial de Santander
• Universidad Católica del Uruguay
• Universidad de los Andes
• Universidad Distrital
• Pontificia Universidad Javeriana
• Universidad de la Salle
• Universidad Militar Nueva Granada
• Universidad de Antioquia
• Universidad Tecnológica de Pereira
• Universidad de los Andes-Mérida, Venezuela
• Universidad del Valle
• Universidad Santo Tomás
• Universidad Católica de Bolivia
• Universidad de la Sabana

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