Spanish Cooperation presents Spanish Cooperation Grants portal - #BecasQueCambianVidas

AECID and the Carolina Foundation have joined together their different grants, assistantships and internships programmes on a single web page.

- Through this initiative, Spanish Cooperation enhances its joint study grant strategy in solidarity with its partner countries, geared to strengthening capacities through international academic mobility.

- The State Secretary for International Cooperation is organising the presentation of the new Spanish Cooperation Grants portal - - for next Wednesday, 17 February.

This is a platform that contains all the information, under the slogan “Grants that change lives, grants to foster the common good”, on the numerous study plans and professional internships which, in solidarity with the partner countries of Spanish Cooperation, are offered by the Spanish Agency for International Development Cooperation (Spanish acronym: AECID) and the Carolina Foundation – the institutions promoting the initiative.

The event will be chaired by Their Majesties, King Felipe VI and Queen Letizia, and includes the participation of the Minister for Foreign Affairs, European Union and Cooperation, Arancha González Laya, the State Secretary for International Cooperation, M.ª Ángeles Moreno Bau, the Director of AECID, Magdy Martínez-Solimán and the Director of the Carolina Foundation, José Antonio Sanahuja.


Spanish Cooperation grants are an instrument of excellence, understood to be quality training that generate social value and innovation. This is a horizontal and advanced cooperation instrument which, in the framework of the 2030 Agenda, promotes social development and equal opportunities in close alliance with universities and companies. With the launch of this new portal, Spanish Cooperation takes another step forward in strengthening its joint study grant strategy in solidarity with its partner countries.

The new web page gives access to information by type of grant – Grants for citizens of partner countries of Spanish Cooperation in Latin America and the Caribbean, Africa and Asia; Grants associated with the Ibero-American Knowledge Space; Grants for Spaniards and European Union citizens; or by granting institution – either AECID or the Carolina Foundation. Each grant has its own distinct characteristics and is aimed at a certain profile, although they all offer opportunities under the same spirit of international cooperation.

In short, they are #BecasQueCambianVidas [Grants that change lives], as can be seen in the testimony of the Spanish architect, José Ignacio Carnicero and the Colombian teacher and researcher, Angie Yirlesa Valoyes, beneficiaries of Spanish Cooperation grants who will tell their story during the event to present the web portal.


Over the course of their 74 editions, the Grants Programmes of the Ministry of Foreign Affairs, European Union and Cooperation (Spanish acronym: MAEC) and AECID have benefitted more than 21,000 Spanish and foreign citizens. These grants revolve around three main lines of action: training human capital, promoting Spanish at foreign universities, and promoting the arts and artistic residences. These include long-term grants, such as those for cultural managers, which have been joined this year by the new AECID Grants for Young Volunteers, aimed at training in Spanish Cooperation offices abroad, Water Grants, Africa-MED Grants for citizens from Africa and the Middle East, and the Raisa Visitors Programme, aimed at women leaders from Sub-Saharan Africa.

The different MAEC-AECID grants programmes take place in close collaboration with Spanish and foreign benchmark institutions, such as the Spanish Royal Academy in Rome (Spanish acronym: RAER), the College of Europe, the Spanish Royal Academy (Spanish acronym: RAE) and the Reina Sofía Higher School of Music. AECID also closely collaborates with Spanish universities.


In turn, the Grants Programme of the Carolina Foundation celebrates its 21st edition this year. Over the course of this time, it has received more than 800,000 applications, and awarded more than 17,000 grants to Ibero-American students and the faculty. Two decades of history, during which time it has offered almost 3.500 programmes in public and private institutions throughout Spain. In addition, it has signed 3,200 agreements with close to 300 Spanish and Ibero-American institutions.

The 2020-2021 edition of the Grants Programme of the Carolina Foundation offers training and research opportunities in all fields of the 2030 Agenda, with a training offer of 504 grants that cover all areas of knowledge and is structured through the following modalities: post graduate, doctorate programmes and short post-doctorate stays, mobility programme for teachers, a grants programme and institutional studies. The Carolina Foundation will continue to head up excellence in academic cooperation between Spain and Latin America, and maintain a STEM grants programme for women, and has launched a bi-centenary grants programme in priority areas for the sustainable development of Central American countries.

For more information: becascooperacionespañ

You can follow the event by streaming from 6 pm by clicking on the following link:





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