Neale Silva scholarship for Chilean students

Terms and Conditions
Application Cover Sheet and Forms
Included and Excluded Programs
Community Contacts/Friends of Eduardo Neale Silva

The Neale Silva scholarship is intended specifically for Chilean citizens who would like to attend UW-Madison. The scholarship was created by Professor Eduardo Neale Silva, who forged a permanent and special bond between his homeland, Chile, and his adopted educational homeland, the University of Wisconsin-Madison.

This web page provides some history about the Neale Silva Scholarship Program, who is eligible to apply, what criteria one must meet to qualify for the scholarship, and how applications are reviewed.

Applications are due on April 1, and are reviewed within one to two months of the application deadline.

Please email with any questions about the program or the application process.

History of the Eduardo Neale Silva Memorial Scholarship

Eduardo Neale Silva was born in Talca, Chile, in 1905. He entered the University of Chile in Santiago when he was 16 and graduated as an English major. At the age of 20, Neale Silva joined the then Department of Romance Languages at the University of Wisconsin-Madison, where he worked for 51 years.

Professor Neale Silva recognized his good fortune in finding his way to Madison, but he also knew that hard work was required to build on this good fortune. He began to teach, and worked to complete his graduate studies at the same time.

Professor Neale Silva wrote a number of textbooks and readers for undergraduate and high school classes that are used throughout the U.S. Proceeds from these books were invested, and the resulting income is now used for scholarships to bring Chileans to study at the University of Wisconsin-Madison for up to one year.

Professor Neale Silva specified in his will that beneficiaries should (1) be involved in the practical fields of science and technology, and (2) return to work in Chile to benefit the country.

Terms and conditions for administration
of the Eduardo Neale-Silva Scholarship Fund

In partnership with the University of Wisconsin Foundation, the Estate of Eduardo Neale Silva has established the Eduardo Neale Silva Scholarship Fund. The primary purpose of this fund is to provide scholarships to Chilean students, that is, residents of Chile of Chilean nationality, to permit them to attend the University of Wisconsin-Madison.

The terms and conditions of the Eduardo Neale-Silva Scholarships are the following:

  1. The scholarship may pay the following:
    • Round-trip transportation between Chile and Wisconsin (up to $2,000)
    • Tuition at the University of Wisconsin-Madison
    • Monthly stipend for living expenses
    • SEVIS fee
    • Student Health Insurance Plan (SHIP) insurance

    No expenses of dependents shall be paid from this fund.

  2. Qualified recipients must be students in technological or scientific fields. Studies in the humanities will not be supported.
  3. Recipients shall have completed at least three years of college or university studies. Alternatively, graduates of advanced technical schools may qualify if they are admissible as non-degree/special students at the University of Wisconsin-Madison.
  4. Scholarships shall be granted initially for a period of no more than one academic year. In cases of exceptional merit, a scholarship may be extended for an additional term of one year, but none may exceed a total period of two years. Students should plan their course of study at the UW with the expectation of receiving no more than one academic year of funding, as scholarship extensions are extremely rare.
  5. Recipients must possess sufficient command of English to participate in university studies. The goal of this grant is to support substantive coursework or research and not the study of English as a Second Language.
  6. Recipients shall be selected by a screening committee appointed by the University of Wisconsin-Madison.
  7. Individuals are not eligible to receive the scholarship more than once.
  8. The availability and method of application shall be made known to prospective candidates in Chile.
  9. Should there be insufficient income earned by the Fund, no scholarship shall be awarded in any given year.
  10. Scholarships from this fund shall be described as Eduardo Neale Silva Memorial Scholarships.

In order to assist the UW Foundation in meeting obligations in the administration of this fund, the College of Engineering and the College of Agriculture and Life Sciences have established the following guidelines for implementation of the Scholarship Program:

The Neale Silva Scholarship Program shall be administered by International Engineering Studies & Programs (IESP) in consultation with International Agricultural Programs. IESP shall publicize the availability of the scholarship for Chilean students by notifying Chilean universities, scientific and training agencies in Chile, and departments on the Madison campus in relevant fields.

Documents required for application

Candidates for the scholarship shall be asked to submit the following documents (please provide originals and translations into English):

  1. Application cover sheet (available in PDF or Word)
  2. Official academic records from university in Chile
  3. Three letters of recommendation from teachers or employers, or others familiar with professional development
  4. Statement describing professional objectives, a proposed plan for study at Wisconsin, and prior international study or travel experiences
  5. TOEFL score (or equivalent exam), a formal evaluation of English abilities done by an English teacher, or proof of extended English language study
  6. 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 are due in Madison on April 1 for awards beginning the following September. When appropriate to their educational situation and professional objectives, scholarship recipients may affiliate with the UW as Honorary Fellows or trainees rather than students.

Applications should be submitted to:
Eduardo Neale Silva Memorial Scholarship
International Engineering Studies & Programs
1410 Engineering Drive, Room 170
Madison, WI 53706

The Neale Silva Scholarship Selection Committee shall consist of the Associate Deans responsible for international programs in Engineering and CALS, or their designated representative. 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:

  1. Academic ability of the applicant.
  2. Potential of the candidate and the proposed program to contribute to Chile's scientific and technological development.
  3. Compatibility of the student's plan of study with programs available at UW-Madison.
  4. Application status at potential host department.
  5. 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 cover sheet and forms

Please print and complete the Application Cover Sheet (available in PDF or Word) and return it to UW-Madison College of Engineering International Engineering Studies & Programs along with the other requirements of the application. 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.

Included and excluded programs

The Neale Silva scholarship is intended to permit recipients to pursue studies in technological or scientific fields, not in the humanities. Basic areas to be considered include but are not limited to the following:

  1. Agriculture and all life sciences: Agronomy, Genetics, Plant Pathology, Soils, Wild Life, etc.
  2. Agricultural Economics
  3. Biochemistry
  4. Biology
  5. Commerce
  6. Computer Science
  7. Ecology
  8. Economics
  9. Environmental Studies
  10. Family Resources and Consumer Sciences
  11. Engineering
  12. Health Sciences
  13. Hydraulics
  14. Hygiene and Health Programs
  15. Industrial Relations; Production Management
  16. Labor Relations
  17. Meat and Animal Science
  18. Medicine and Health
  19. Mining and Metallurgy
  20. Natural Resources: Forestry, Fisheries, Wild Ecology, etc.
  21. Nursing
  22. Nutritional Sciences
  23. Oceanography
  24. Pharmacy
  25. Soil Science
  26. Space Sciences
  27. Technological derivations of all kinds: Fermentation, Forest Products, Dairy, Canning, Tanning, etc.
  28. Physical Sciences
  29. Psychiatry
  30. Veterinary Sciences

Basic areas to be excluded from consideration in scholarship awards include but are not limited to the following:

  1. Anthropology
  2. Communications (Except Corrective Speech)
  3. Education
  4. Fine Arts
  5. History, including the History of Science
  6. Home Economics
  7. Journalism
  8. Languages and Literature, as well as related areas such as Linguistics and Phonetics
  9. Law
  10. Library Science
  11. Mathematics (Except Mathematical Research)
  12. Military Science
  13. Psychology (Except Clinical and Experimental Psychology)
  14. Public Administration
  15. Publicity and Advertising
  16. Physical Education
  17. Sociology (Except Urban Planning, Cooperatives)

Community contact/friend of Eduardo Neale Silva

Mario Mardones was a close friend of Professor Neale Silva. Scholarship recipients may contact him by phone. He speaks Spanish, and can be reached at (608) 523-1944.

Also, you may want to contact the Chilean Student Association, a group that works to support Chilean students at the UW and to provide the UW community with opportunities to learn about Chile.