Luis Donaldo Colosio Fellowship

Donaldo Colosio

Donaldo Colosio

About the Fellowship

The Luis Donaldo Colosio Fellowship  was initially established in 1994 in memory of former IIASA researcher Luis Donaldo Colosio, who was assassinated on 23 March 1994 while campaigning in Tijuana for the office of President of Mexico. The Luis Donaldo Colosio Fellowship gave Mexican citizens the opportunity to spend 12 to 24 months at IIASA, working with scholars from around the world, as Colosio himself did, and pursuing Colosio's dream of harnessing the science of the industrialized North to address the problems of the developing South.

In 2014 Mexico has joined IIASA, becoming IIASA's 22nd National Member. In 2016 the Mexican National Council for Science and Technology (CONACYT) and IIASA have established the IIASA-Mexico Postdoctoral Fellowship scheme, (replacing the Luis Donald Colosio Fellowship) to fund up to three postdocs from Mexico for the duration of one year, with the possibility of renewal for a second year, depending on evaluation and development.  More information and eligibility criteria can be found here.

About Luis Donaldo Colosio

Luis Donaldo Colosio was a friend and alumnus of IIASA. During his stay at the Institute in 1978 and 1979 he produced a model of Mexican development, with special emphasis on the role of urbanization.  

In 1980, Colosio became a professor at the Colegio de Mexico, the Universidad Nacional Autonoma de Mexico and at the Universidad Anahuac. That same year he joined the Ministry of Budget and Programming as Advisor to the Department of Macroeconomics and Social Policy. In 1981, he occupied the post of Deputy Director of Analysis for the Planning of the Center for Political, Economic and Social Studies. In 1982, he became Director General for Regional Programming and Budget of the Ministry of Programming and Budget.  

After holding several political posts in the Province of Sonora, where he was born, Colosio was named in 1987 to the Executive Committee of the governing institutional Revolutionary Party, known by its Spanish acronym of PRI. In 1988, he became a Senator of the Republic and then President of the National Executive Committee of the PRI. He went on to the post of Minister of Social Development.  

Colosio was part of the New Mexico. He understood the need for change. He wanted balanced, sustainable development that would benefit all Mexicans without compromising the natural environment. As a trained scientist he understood the important contribution that science can make to public policy; as a veteran politician he understood the limits of technocracy and the need to work with, and for, the people. His rare combination of analytical skills and political commitment was infused with a high moral purpose. Colosio was, and remains, a role model for Latin Americans.


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