Scholarship Opportunity – Urban Transformation in Colombia 2020

For our 2020 Urban Transformation course, offered by Red Tree Study in partnership with Universidad Pontificia Bolivariana (UPB) in Medellin, we are delighted to announce that we have a full scholarship, to the value of $2,550 USD, as well as several smaller travel bursaries.

This scholarship funds participation in our two-week academic summer course taught by the RIBA-Accredited Architecture School at Pontificia Universidad Bolivariana in Medellin, Colombia. Medellin, the birthplace of ‘social urbanism’, was once one of the world’s most dangerous cities, yet is now famous for its pioneering innovative urban projects that have transformed the lives of many of its citizens. It provides a perfect case study for students. The course combines lectures and seminars on campus with site visits and workshops that deliver practical knowledge of the city. Students will visit the metro-cable system, the Museum of Memory and Jardin Circunvalar community garden, for example. During excursions, the group will also meet and develop workshops with community leaders and local residents to discuss the impact of Medellin’s recent changes.

Who can apply?

We are looking for applicants who are enthusiastic, hardworking, and keen to learn more about ‘social urbanism’ and innovative urban projects. Candidates do not need prior knowledge of Colombian or Latin American urbanism, but should demonstrate an eagerness to engage in lively debate during the course tutorials and site visits.  The program is open to students from a range of architecture, design, urban and environmental planning and geography subjects, and is aimed particularly at those with an interest in urbanism and development in Latin America. Applicants must be enrolled on a full-time undergraduate or postgraduate degree program for the academic year 2019/20.

What is included?

The 2020 Urban Transformation Scholarship covers full participation in the course which runs at UPB in Medellin from Monday 15 to Friday 26 June 2020. This includes supervised bed and breakfast accommodation, an airport pickup upon arrival in Medellin, a schedule of site visits and excursions as part of the academic provision, as well as a supplementary calendar of social and cultural activities, all of which are covered by the scholarship. Participants will need to arrange their own flights to and from Colombia, and to cover the costs of some lunchtime and evening meals.

Previous Participants

The scholarship recipient will be joining students from prestigious universities throughout the world. Our students have come from Duke, Brown, Yale, the University of Southern California, Vassar College, SFSU, The University of Maryland, Ohio State, Emory University, Boston University, Johns Hopkins University, and NYU in the USA; Queen's University Belfast, the University of Cambridge, the University of Bristol, Durham University, the University of Sussex, Cardiff University, Aberystwyth University, Sheffield, QMUL and York in the UK, Queen's Ontario and the University of British Columbia, in Canada, Uppsala and Lund in Sweden, and many more. You can read reviews of the course from many of these students online here and here.

We have provided numerous students with scholarship funding to study in Colombia in recent years, many of whom have continued to study the region and its social developments long after their time in Colombia. To hear directly from some of our scholarship recipients, including the winner of the 2019 Urban Transformation in Colombia scholarship, please click here.

Scholarship application process

Applications for the 2020 Urban Transformation Scholarship are open until Friday 13 December 2019 12 PM CST. Applicants must submit a scholarship application form, accompanying academic reference, and a general program application form by this date in order to apply for the funding. The final selection will be made by an academic board from UPB.
Red Tree Study will announce the scholarship recipients on or before Friday 24 January 2020. All applicants will be contacted via email to let them know the outcome of their application.

To request a scholarship application form, students should email