It is a pioneer programme, exclusively focussed on Portugal and directed toward financing high-level research stays. The scholarships will allow the candidates from eight Portuguese universities (Porto, Lisbon, Minho, Coimbra, Universidade Nova de Lisboa, Aveiro, Évora and the Instituto Universitario de Lisboa) to finish their training and perform their research in Spain.
This mobility programme will allow the scholarship winners to attend one of the 47 public Spanish universities with which the Carolina Foundation has an agreement or with any public research centre, such as the Spanish National Research Council (CSIC).
For Borja Prado, “this scholarship programme forms part of the Endesa Foundation’s mission to drive innovative education, promote academic excellence and allow for a greater exchange between Portuguese and Spanish universities. The Endesa Foundation has a clear commitment to carrying out educational and training projects with a focus on promoting talent and employability.”
The candidates must be of Portuguese nationality, be involved in research related to the areas of education, engineering or the environment, and have an invitation letter from one of the participating Spanish universities. The period for applications was launched on 9 January and ends on 5 April. Applications can be made on the Carolina Foundation website: www.fundacioncarolina.es
According to Jesús Andreu Ardura, the Carolina Foundation Director, “this programme represents another step towards bringing Portugal and Spain closer together. Our countries are increasingly united, and are a model of stability in Europe. It’s very significant that our collaboration is unfolding through research stays intended to create internationally competitive scientific networks.”
The Carolina Foundation was constituted in 2000 as an institution for the promotion of cultural relations and of educational and scientific cooperation between Spain and the countries of the Organization of Ibero-American States. Because of its mixed nature and involvement in leadership training and the creation of human capital, the Carolina Foundation is a unique institution in the system of Spanish involvement abroad. Since its creation, it has assigned more than 16,300 scholarships and subsidies for research.
The Endesa Foundation has been a member of the Carolina Foundation since 2001.
The programme presentation event was attended by Manuel Heitor, the Minister of Science, Technology and Higher Education, Guilherme d’Oliveira Martins, the Executive Administrator of the Gulbenkian Foundation; Borja Prado, the President of Endesa and of the Endesa Foundation; Nuno Ribeiro da Silva, the General Director of Endesa Portugal; Jesús Andreu Ardura, the Director of the Carolina Foundation; and Eduardo Gutiérrez, the Spanish Ambassador in Portugal.