Programme Description

Since 1997, the Heinrich-Böll-Foundation supports graduates from Latin America through its Sur-Place Programme in Mexico. The programme aims at strengthening and professionalising the expert and leadership potential in Central America. Through the expertise and experience gained as part of the programme, participants are to be enabled to contribute with innovative ideas and initiatives to the development of a stable civil society.
The scholarship is awarded to graduates (holders of a licenciatura or an equal qualification) for a period of 2 years. It allows the successful applicant to participate in selected postgraduate courses of universities and research institutions in Mexico, in the areas of sociology, regional planning- and development (in urban and rural villages) and economy. Research proposals are selected according to the foundation’s criteria: they should be interdisciplinary, combine theory and practice, intensively engage with regional and particularly Central American issues and incorporate a gender democratic perspective.

Target Group

Target groups are mainly staff members of Central American NGOs and social groups. Furthermore, the programme is open to academics from universities and research institutions.

Academic Requirements

graduate degree (licenciatura or an equal qualification)

Number of Scholarships

So far, 42 postgraduates from El Salvador, Nicaragua, Cuba and Guatemala have successfully applied for the Sur-Place Scholarship Programme.


2 years

Scholarship Value

financial and non-material support
Up-to-date information is available on the programme website.

Application Papers

Application forms and further information on the application procedure are available on the programme website.

Application Deadline

Up-to-date information is available on the programme website.

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