120 university students receive a scholarship from the “la Caixa” foundation for postgraduate studies abroad | Atalayar

Their Majesties the King and Queen of Spain today presided over the awarding ceremony of the “la Caixa Foundation” scholarships for higher studies abroad, which were awarded to 120 undergraduate students selected as part of a call for applications until 2021.. This is the 40th year of this entity’s scholarship program, which aims to support the talent of the most outstanding students by expanding their training at the world’s best universities.

Event, which took place at CaixaForum Madridthe Minister of Education and Vocational Training, Pilar Alegría, and the President of the “la Caixa” Foundation, Isidro Fainé, also participated.

“Improving education is the basis of everything. This is the only way to build a fairer society that guarantees the social well-being of all without exclusion. That is why we have been promoting this scholarship program for 40 years, through which we want to give the most promising students and researchers the opportunity to access the best universities and research centers in the world ,” said the president of the “la Caixa” foundation, Isidro Fain.

Vânia de la Fuente-Núñez, head of the global anti-ageism campaign of the World Health Organization (WHO), spoke to the participants on behalf of the “la Caixa” Foundation alumni group.. “This grant is much more than financial support designed to strengthen knowledge and satisfy individual curiosity. This scholarship and the support of the “la Caixa” Foundation does not end when you finish your postgraduate course, it will always accompany you. Success does not end We are all interdependent and the most important thing you receive today , is a unique platform of support that will accompany you throughout your career,” said De la Fuente. -Núñez, who graduated in 2013 with a master’s degree in philosophy, policy and health economics from University College London thanks to a postgraduate scholarship abroad from the foundation ” la Caixa”.

The postgraduate scholarship awarding ceremony took place again this year after two years, which had to be suspended due to the pandemic. However, the awarding of scholarships did not stop during this period, and in 2021 the program will celebrate its 40th year of continuous promotion of education and research.

PHOTO/LA CAIXA – Their Majesties the King and Queen of Spain in awarding scholarships for higher education

Statistical data on new scholarship recipients

Of the 120 scholarships awarded, 68 are for study in Europe and 52 are for study in North America. The countries that attract the most scholars are the United States (47) and the United Kingdom (34).

The Class of 2021 scholarship recipients come from 29 Spanish provinces, two Portuguese provinces and five other foreign countries. The provinces of origin with the largest number of scholarship holders are Barcelona (31), Madrid (29), Valencia (6), Gipuzkoa (4) and Girona (4).

The average age of the beneficiaries is 24.7 years (at the time of receiving the grant) and there are 71 men (59%) and 49 women (41%) among them..

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PHOTO/LA CAIXA – The president of the “la Caixa” foundation, Isidro Fainé, talks to some of the scholarship recipients

Great young people in several disciplines

This year, 1,325 students applied for “la Caixa” Foundation scholarships for postgraduate studies abroad, and 120 of them won a scholarship awarded on the basis of a competitive process.. Applications must pass the first stage of assessment through a peer review system (peer assessment by people of similar ability) and those with the best marks are invited to a personal interview. The selection phase includes university professors with international experience in this type of evaluation process.

The number of applications received, as well as the rigor and high standards of the selection process, ensure that the selected candidates demonstrate an exceptional level of excellence. The effectiveness of this system is then reflected in the success of “la Caixa” Foundation scholars in being admitted to the best universities in the world..

The universities that receive the most scholarships are : Imperial College London (9), London School of Economics and Political Science (7), Columbia University (7), Massachusetts Institute of Technology (6), ETH Zurich (6), Oxford University (5) and Cambridge University (4) .

The disciplines are most represented engineering and technology (22), business and economics (9), international relations (7), physical sciences (6), health and medical sciences (6), law (6) and music (6).

Four decades of betting on the future of new generations

The “la Caixa” Foundation scholarship program is a reference within the university community. Several aspects make it particularly valuable for students:

  • This is the program that offers the largest number of scholarships for postgraduate study abroad.
  • Scholarships are open to all fields of study.
  • The program includes full tuition and a monthly stipend on behalf of the host country. In addition, it covers travel costs and an orientation course that gives students from each class the opportunity to bond with each other personally and academically before returning to their respective universities.
  • All “la Caixa” Foundation scholarship holders belong to the “la Caixa” Scholarship Association. Made up of more than 5,700 highly qualified people who have achieved key positions in their specialties, this group has become a center of excellence and an academic and professional benchmark both in Spain and internationally.

From the launch of the Graduate Abroad Scholarship Program in 1982 to the call for applications in 2021, “la Caixa” Foundation dedicated a cumulative investment of 189 million euros to the training of 3,687 Spanish students abroad.

The investment of the “la Caixa” foundation in the 2021 call for applications was 8,208,769 euros. The average cost of each of the scholarships awarded for postgraduate study abroad is 75,000 euros.

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