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Formation of Advanced Human Capital Program

The Program for the Formation of Advanced Human Capital Program, PFCHA, was established in 1988, and is the main government agency in charge of managing scholarships for graduate studies.

Director: Daniel Portales

Budget 2016: USD 129,70 millions

Line of Action: Contributing to increase the number of researchers and professionals of excellence with a high level of training in all areas of knowledge, in order to promote Chile’s development and its active participation in a globalized world. Increasing the number of PhDs of excellence by implementing efficient processes, and generating public data about beneficiaries, fellows, and graduates.

Funding Instruments
  • Competitive call for doctorate scholarships in Chile.
  • Competitive call for master’s scholarships in Chile.
  • Competitive call for doctorate scholarships abroad.
  • Competitive call for master’s scholarships abroad.
  • Competitive call for education professionals master’s scholarships in Chile.
  • Competitive call for education professionals master’s scholarships abroad.
  • Competitive call for public officials master’s scholarships in Chile.
  • Competitive call for post–doctoral scholarships abroad.
  • Competitive call for scholarships in medical specializations abroad.
  • Competitive call for joint supervision doctoral scholarships abroad.
  • Competitive call for doctoral fellowships abroad.
  • Competitive call for scholarships to attend events and short courses in Chile and abroad.
  • Competitive call for civil engineers scholarships – short stay abroad.
”Main
  • The 15 competitive calls issued in 2012 attracted over 7,500 applications, and gathered 850 expert evaluators from all areas of knowledge.
  • Doctoral scholarships awarded to study in Chile and abroad totaled 902.
  • Complementary scholarships for post–doctoral studies, medical specializations, doctoral fellowships, joint supervision doctoral studies, support and finalization of doctoral theses, and events and short courses attendance, totaled 875.
  • Over 5,300 scholarship beneficiaries (current to December 2012) are studying in Chile and at the best universities in the world.
  • In 2012, Chile signed 16 agreements with universities from the United Kingdom, the United States, Spain, Australia, and the Netherlands, which result in lower tuition fees and/or complement scholarship benefits.
  • Graduate seminars and public outreach events in La Serena, Concepción, Copiapó, Temuco, Valparaíso, and Santiago, to inform about the different scholarship programs that are available.
  • Launch of the online platform “Visualization of scholarship beneficiaries in the world” (http://visualizador.becasconicyt.cl/), which provides any user the destination of CONICYT scholarship beneficiaries around the world (master’s and doctorate), their institution, and their area of study, according to OECD categories.
  • Development of the initiative “Optimization of the Process of Signing the Agreement with CONICYT Beneficiaries and of their Reporting Back,” which was awarded third prize during the “Management Challenges in Chile” contest that the Ministry of the Treasury organized.