The University of Notre Dame has signed an agreement with the government of Chile that will facilitate the opportunity for students in that country to earn graduate degrees at Notre Dame and for doctoral students and faculty to engage in exchanges.
Under the five-year, renewable program, the Chilean government will provide full tuition at Notre Dame for up to two years for masters students and four years for doctoral students, as well as support for up to a year for postdoctoral fellows and faculty, for as many as 50 Chilean students annually. The agreement provides for up to 15 masters students, 15 doctoral students, 10 visiting graduate student and 10 postdocs or visiting faculty each year.
The partnership is part of an initiative announced last year by Chilean President Michelle Bachelet to invest $6 billion to educate Chilean graduate students and foster research exchanges in the leading universities of the world. The program plans to support 1,000 students this year, 2,500 in 2009, and 3,300 in 2010 and to reach a total of 35,000 scholarships over a 10-year period. Chile also has entered into agreements with the University of California system and the University of Chicago.
Jointly administered by the Chilean Ministry of Education, Sistema Bicentenario: BECAS Chile for the government of Chile, and the Notre Dame Graduate school, the program also will help to facilitate research in Chile for Notre Dame doctoral students and faculty. BECAS Chile will solely control the allotment and assignment of scholarships and fellowships to Chilean students and Notre Dame will oversee all admission decisions.