Latin America

The main goal of our Latin America engagement is setting up a network of Catholic scientists/academics and institutions of higher learning. We aim at fostering international academic exchange and close cooperation between the Latin American and German churches. At the same time, KAAD understands its scholarship program as a contribution to strengthen civic society and to the “Option for the Poor” of Latin American churches. Countries of major focus are Mexico, Guatemala, Colombia, Ecuador, Peru, Bolivia, and Brazil.

KAAD is firmly rooted in the academic and church lives of many countries which can be seen in the activities of partner committees, alumni-associations and the cooperation with church and state universities (convenios). KAAD-Alumni are engaged in social projects, organize academic seminars, and publish their own journals. Through such activities highly-qualified and socially conscious laypeople guarantee that KAAD is actively present in Latin American societies and regional churches.

Young Catholic academics who are envisioning to do post-graduate studies in Germany and who share our mission in Latin America are welcome to fill out this form and to mail it either to the corresponding partner committee or to Dr. Thomas Krueggeler, Head, Latin America Department (Krueggeler(at)

Applicants, who live already in Germany, are welcome to send an inquiry to Renate Fluegel, Desk Officer, Latin America Department (Fluegel(at) (Stipendienprogramm 2)


Marcela Bustamante Torres (Colombia)

Marcela Bustamante studied Law in her hometown of Bogotá. Before going to Germany, she practiced law in Colombia and was involved in a number of research projects. Supported by a KAAD-scholarship she completed the master program "Interdisciplinary Latin American Studies" at the Freie Universität Berlin between 2006 and 2008. Following professional activities in Washington D.C. and Lima (Peru) she returned to Bogota in 2012, where she now works for the "Defensoría del Pueblo de Colombia" - a government institution which operates autonomously in the field of defending and promoting human rights.

She is also one of the organizers of the  congress "Paz y Justicia Reconciliación Tradicional" we have planned for the month of February 2016 at the Pontificia Universidad Javeriana in Bogotá. During that event our alumni plan to establish a KAAD-network of lawyers and political scientists in Latin America.


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