Candidates for the scholarship shall be asked to submit the following documents (please provide originals and (unofficial or official) English translations):
- Application Cover Sheet
- Official academic records (transcripts) from university in Chile
- Three letters of recommendation from teachers or employers, or others familiar with professional development
- Statement describing professional objectives, a proposed and plan for study at Wisconsin, prior international study or travel experiences and a detailed plan for how this experience will be used to improve life for Chileans upon the recipients return there. Please include answers to the questions regardng how your studies at UW-Madison are connected to the work you have done or plan to do, how it’s connected to Chile, and how you expect your time and experience here to benefit Chile/Chileans upon your return thereafter the program. This portion of the application is strongly considered in the application review process.
- English Proficiency. UW-Madison requires strong English proficiency to attend our institution. You will need to provide your score from an English language test, and scores and tests will vary depending on the program to which you are applying. If you are applying as a non-degree/special student, you can find the requirements here. If you are applying to a graduate program, you can find the minimum requirements to apply to the Graduate School here, but please note that some program requirements are different and vary by program.
- If applying to graduate school at UW-Madison, candidates should abide by application deadlines for their potential program, which deadlines will be earlier than the application deadline for the Neale Silva scholarship, in most cases. If applying as a non-degree student, successful candidates will be directed to an application form later in the process.
Applications must be received by April 1 for awards beginning the following September or January. When appropriate to their educational situation and professional objectives, scholarship recipients may be affiliated with the UW as Honorary Fellows or trainees rather than students.
Applications can be submitted electronically (in a single pdf document) to Alberto Vargas at firstname.lastname@example.org.
The Neale Silva Scholarship Selection Committee is comprised of representatives from the College of Engineering and the College of Agriculture and Life Sciences. Additional members may be invited to participate as needed to evaluate the applicants and their proposed programs.
The selection committee shall consider the following criteria in making awards:
- Academic ability of the applicant.
- Potential of the candidate and the proposed program to contribute to Chile’s scientific and technological development upon their return to the country.
- Compatibility of the student’s plan of study with programs available at UW-Madison.
- Application status at potential host department.
- Priority given to the student who has not had many opportunities to go outside Chile or come to the United States for study.
In addition, the Committee will consider favorably candidates from Chilean institutions with which the UW has formal or informal cooperative agreements in order to promote the University’s international mission. The Committee will recognize the intent of Eduardo Neale Silva to support students who would not otherwise be able to study at UW, but it will also attempt to increase the number of participants by providing partial support to qualified candidates who have other sources of partial support. Furthermore, it will strive to maintain a balance among various fields of study.
Application and Forms
Please complete the application and return it to the Latin American, Caribbean, and Iberian Studies Program. All documents in Spanish must be accompanied by an English translation.
If you intend to study at UW-Madison as a non-degree student for one or two semesters, please submit your application materials, and we will direct you to an online application form if you are awarded a Neale Silva Scholarship.
However, if you are applying to begin your career at UW-Madison as a graduate student, you must apply through the Graduate School as well as one of UW-Madison’s graduate programs. Note that you are responsible for meeting application deadlines for your department and the Graduate School, which may be earlier than the April 1 deadline for the Neale Silva Scholarship.