Deadline: August 31, 2015
The Mexican Agency for International Development Cooperation (AMEXCID) invites foreign citizens who are interested in studying for a specialization, master’s degree or doctorate, conducting graduate-level research, or taking part in an undergraduate or graduate-level academic mobility program in Mexico, to participate in the 2016 Mexican Government Scholarship Program for International Students. The scholarships are offered to more than 180 countries through a series of bilateral conventions, multilateral programs and special agreements
By offering Mexican government scholarships for international students, Mexico strengthens its role as an actor with global responsibility and renews its commitment to cooperation programs that help create highly skilled human capital. The presence in Mexico of international students, academics and scientists helps build permanent bridges of dialogue that enrich the long-term foreign policy agenda through contributions of exceptional value for the country and for its partners abroad.
- Monthly stipend of 4 times the minimum salary in Mexico City for undergraduate mobility scholarships, specializations, master’s degrees or master’s-level research, Spanish language or Mexican culture courses, currently the equivalent of $8,412.00 pesos (approximately US $546.234 ).
- Monthly stipend of 5 times the minimum salary in Mexico City for doctoral studies and research, postdoctoral fellowships and medical specializations and subspecializations, currently the equivalent of $10,515.00 pesos (approximately US $681.90).
- Registration fees and tuition, as established by the program at each institution (see the academic programs offered by the participating IES).
- Health insurance from the Mexican Social Security Institute (IMSS), starting in the third month of the scholarship (the scholarship recipient must have health insurance that covers both major and minor medical expenses and provides international coverage for the first three months in Mexico).
- Round-trip international airfare at the beginning and end of the scholarship.
- Transportation from Mexico City to the host institution and back at the start and end of the scholarship, if studying outside of Mexico City.
- The following academic programs are not eligible for scholarships: business administration, plastic surgery, accounting, marketing, dentistry and advertising, and related areas.
Requirements for all applicants:
- Bachelors, Master’s or Ph.D. degree, as required by the program for which the scholarship is requested.
- Minimum grade point average of eight (8.0) on a scale of 0 to 10, or the equivalent, for the last academic degree received.
- Be accepted to or currently enrolled in a program at one of the participating Mexican institutions.
- Academic excellence of the candidate in the intended area of study.
- The intended field of study in Mexico is related to the applicant’s academic and job history.
- The area of study is important to and has a direct impact on the development of the applicant’s country.
- The program must relate to specific current or approved projects that have an impact on the development of the applicant’s country. The final decision on the scholarships is made solely by the Mexican government.
The applicant must submit the documents in the following order:
- Official nomination of his/her government.
- Application form.
- An explanation of why the applicant is interested in studying or conducting research in Mexico.
- Curriculum vitae (maximum of 3 pages).
- Acceptance letter from the Mexican host institution, signed by the responsible party (Director of the International Affairs Office, Director of Academic Exchanges, Head of the Graduate Studies Department, Graduate Studies Coordinator, etc.), stating the length of the studies with the start and end dates and the type of studies. 2 For research, the acceptance letter should also state that the candidate will receive the mentoring needed for the research project and, if possible, the name of the advisor.
- Coy of the diploma for the highest degree received.
- Copy of the transcript for the last degree received showing a minimum grade point average (GPA) of 8/10. If a different scale is used, the equivalent on a 10-point scale must be submitted.
- For mobility scholarships, a letter from the applicant’s institution agreeing to give academic credit for the classes or course of study that will be taken in Mexico.
- For research grants, a copy of the academic document showing the applicant has finished or is currently enrolled in a Master’s or doctoral program.
- Candidates already in Mexico must have a current immigration document, with a Temporary Resident Student Visa (card).
- If Spanish is not the applicant’s native language, include certificate of an advanced level of proficiency in Spanish from a university or language center. 3
- Copy of birth certificate.
- Copy of passport.
- Medical certificate of good health in the original issued by a public or private institution no more than three months prior to submitting the documents. Independent health certificates will not be accepted.
- 4 recent original photographs (not digital), full face
How to Apply
The entire scholarship application process must be done at the Mexican embassy in the applicant’s country or at the concurrent embassy. Directory of Mexican Embassies: http://directorio.sre.gob.mx/index.php/embajadas-de-mexico-en-el-exterior
PLEASE NOTE THAT NO APPLICATIONS WILL BE ACCEPTED DIRECTLY FROM THE APPLICANTS
Applicants with more than one nationality may only submit one application. The nomination must come from the same country as the nationality chosen by the applicant to use while in Mexico. If awarded a scholarship, the recipient must travel to Mexico with the passport used throughout the application process, which must be issued by the nominating country. This is the only passport that may be used while in Mexico for the duration of the scholarship and to leave the country.
The results will be announced starting in November 2015 by Mexico’s diplomatic offices abroad.
For more information, download the Mexican Government Scholarship Information.