Julio Cotler Program

Higher education as an instrument for reducing social inequalities and building the institutional foundations of democratic systems

About the Julio Cotler program

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 who have not yet published an article in a peer-reviewed journal or book series, the program provides a platform for emerging voices.

This program is divided into two calls. The first is designed specifically for participants from Peru. The second is for participants from the rest of Latin America or from any OBREAL member institution.

For both programs, candidates are invited to submit an abstract of no more than 400 words describing their main idea or thesis on Education, Social Inequality and Strengthening Democracy. A committee of experts will select 15-20 participants to develop an article of 8.000 words to be discussed in an engaging workshop/conference. Two outstanding articles will receive a prestigious financial award of 2,000 euros each and will be published online, freely accessible to all. Beyond recognition and publication, the Julio Cotler Program is committed to fostering a strong network of intellectual exchange, facilitating connections and collaboration among participants.

The call for both programs will be open from February 20 to May 15, 2024.

Yes, the call has been open since February 20, 2024 and will be open until May 15, 2024.

The call is aimed at young undergraduates in their final year of studies, as well as graduates of the last two years of all disciplines, including researchers, activists and policy makers who have not yet published an article in a peer-reviewed journal or scholarly compilations; the program provides a platform for emerging voices.

No, initially only an abstract of maximum 400 words should be submitted. After an initial selection process, some participants will be invited to write an article of up to 8,000 words.

The summary presented is expected to be on Education, Social Inequality and Strengthening Democracy.

No; although the program seeks to pay tribute to Julio Cotler, his thought and work, it is expected that the papers submitted will be on Education, Social Inequality and Strengthening Democracy.

We have opened two calls, one specifically for participants from Peru and the other for participants from the rest of Latin America or from any OBREAL member institution.

No, in this case you can only participate in the call that is made specifically for participants from Peru.

The two most outstanding articles in each call for papers will receive a financial prize of 2,000 euros each and will be published online with free access.

Beyond recognition and publication, the Julio Cotler Program is committed to fostering a strong network of intellectual exchange, facilitating connections and collaboration among participants.

Between July 1 and July 10, 2024, an e-mail will be sent notifying the list of selected papers for submission of the full paper.

Full details of the next steps, including expected dates, will be sent when the papers selected to continue in the process are notified.

The winners will be announced in November 2024. The exact dates will be published in advance.

Call for applications

The application period has closed

Julio Cotler Program - Peru

Call for applications in Peru

Julio Cotler Program - Latin America

Call for applications for Latin America and OBREAL members

Julio Cotler and OBREAL

Julio Cotler (1932 – 2019) was, for most OBREAL members, its main intellectual figure during the first era 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/Massachusetts, 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, and Mexico City. The conviction that higher education can contribute to reduce social inequalities was central to 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 democracy a solid foundation.

Julio Cotler Program