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Call for research stay 2023  

Aimed at students, professors or researchers interested in Cuban studies.

From Programa Cuba we would like to invite graduate students, university professors and social researchers to apply for the 2023 on-site research stay to be held at the Universidad Sergio Arboleda in Bogota, Colombia. The selected person will have the opportunity to share his/her work with students of the Semillero de Estudios sobre Cuba, in addition to having the opportunity to present their research, develop a course and publish their work in the media provided by the Cuba Program. 
For this year, five priority areas are considered for the selection of applicants for the research stay:
- Transitions to democracy in Eastern European countries.
- Totalitarianism and post-totalitarianism in Cuba.
- Analysis of the impact of economic sanctions on Cuba.
- Comparative studies on demo
cracy and authoritarianism in Latin America.
- Migratory crisis and U.S. policy towards Cuba.

Terms of reference

  • Graduate students, university professors and social researchers inside or outside Cuba are eligible to apply.

  • Applicants must be able to stay in Bogota for at least three weeks.

  • If individuals live in Cuba and require a visa to stay in Colombia, they must specify this in their application. 

  • Applicants coming from Cuba must commit to return once the research stay is completed.

  • Persons of all nationalities may apply without any distinction.

  • The person who is accepted must arrange his/her own accommodation, although he/she may ask for assistance from the staff of the Cuba Program to select the place.


Important dates

  • Opening of the call for applications: Monday, May 15, 2023.

  • Closing date: Friday, June 9, 2023 at 5:00 p.m. Colombia time.

  • Announcement of the selected person: Monday, June 19, 2023.

  • Period of stay: between July and November 2023.



  • Payment of round-trip economy class airfare (not to exceed US$1,000).

  • Stipend of 2000 USD for lodging, accommodation and meals.

  • Working space at the University.

  • Access to the University library and campus.

  • Visa fees for those who require it.


  • Coordination of an issue of the journal Foro Cubano with at least 8 texts

  • Keynote lecture on the selected person's research topic (1 hour).

  • Short course of 12 hours (4 sessions) for University students.

  • Publication of the results of the stay in Programa Cuba (academic article, popularization book, research book).



  • Hoja de vida en donde se registren estudios, publicaciones, cursos impartidos y proyectos de investigación desarrollados.

  • Plan de trabajo propuesto para las tres semanas de estancia en Colombia en donde se incluya el curso corto, la conferencia, el número de Foro Cubano y la publicación resultante. 

  • Breve propuesta de investigación que incluya el problema, pregunta y propuesta de publicación, en donde se tenga en cuenta alguna de las áreas prioritarias de trabajo.

  • Syllabus del curso que va a impartir en la Universidad durante el periodo de su estancia, en donde contenga descripción, contenidos temáticos y bibliografía.


The application must be submitted in a single PDF file that includes the applicant's name and e-mail address on the cover page. It must include a table of contents that includes (1) the curriculum vitae; (2) the work plan; (3) the brief research proposal; and (4) the course syllabus. To apply, please send an e-mail to with the following subject: Call for research stay 2023.

Selection process

Stage 1: All applications will be evaluated by the people who have already carried out research stays in the Cuba Program, in such a way that each of the people called will present a selection of three of the names they consider most suitable for the realization of the stay 2023.

Stage 2: The three people with the best qualification will be presented to the Dean of the School of Politics and International Relations, who in a meeting with the students of the Research Seminar and the Cuba Program team will choose the person who will carry out the 2023 stay based on the criteria of relevance and quality for the lines of work of the Cuba Program and the School of Politics and International Relations.

Note: The evaluation rubric to be considered by the Evaluation Committee includes: 20% resume, 25% work plan; 25% course; 30% research proposal.

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