Julio Cotler Program
Higher education as an instrument for reducing social inequalities and building the institutional foundations of democratic systems
About the Julio Cotler programme
The Julio Cotler Program is born from the legacy of Professor Julio Cotler (1932 – 2019), whose belief in the transformative power of higher education to address social inequalities inspires this initiative. Targeting young university students in their final year of undergraduate studies, as well as graduates from the past two years across all disciplines, including researchers, activists, and policy makers, the program provides a platform for emerging voices.
Call for applications in Peru
Call for applications for Latin America and OBREAL members
Julio Cotler and OBREAL
Julio Cotler (1932 – 2019) was, for most OBREAL members, the main intellectual figure of the first period of the association (2004 – 2007). Cotler’s professional life was linked to education from his start as an elementary school teacher in Huarochiri in the 1950s while doing his fieldwork for his anthropology degree, to his integration as a professor, after his postgraduate studies in Bordeaux, Caracas and Cambridge/USA, at the Universidad Nacional Mayor de San Marcos in Lima, and as a visiting professor at Universities in New York, Berkeley, Notre Dame, Paris, Salamanca, Madrid, Bologna, Quito, Mexico City. The conviction that higher education can contribute to reduce social gaps was central in Julio Cotler’s life and intellectual activity, oriented, in a more general perspective, to the discussion and affirmation of democracy and the necessary construction of political and social institutions that give it a solid foundation.