Mexican Government Scholarships Program for International Undergraduate and Postgraduate Students

Mexican Government Scholarships (Merit Awards for International Students)

Course(s) Offered: All fields (incl. Medicine)
Course Level: Undergraduate, Graduate (Masters, PhD, Postdoc, Specialties)
Provider: Government of Mexico
Country to Study in: Mexico

Scholarship Description
On behalf of the Ministry of Foreign Affairs, the Mexican Agency for International Development Cooperation (AMEXCID) invites foreign citizens to participate in the 2018 Mexican Government Scholarship Program (Merit Awards for International Students).

The Mexican Government Scholarships (Academic studies) for International Students is for those 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.

The scholarships are offered to more than 180 countries through a series of bilateral conventions, multilateral programs and special agreements. The scholarships of the Mexican Government present two programs: the scholarship for academic studies and the scholarship for special programs.

Mexican Government Scholarship Program for International Students

Candidate Profile:
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.
Selection Criteria:
  • 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.

Eligible groups
Citizens of more than 180 countries (from Africa, North America, Latin America, the Caribbean, Europe, Asia, the Pacific, the Middle East, AND Non-self Governing Territories). See complete list of participating countries

Participating Institutions
More than 70 Mexican institutions of higher education (IES) participate and all offer academic programs registered with the National Council for Science and Technology (CONACYT) in the National Program of Quality Graduate Degrees

Fields of study
Scholarships are for ALL COURSES of human endeavor at ALL LEVELS available at participating institutions (EXCEPT the following academic programs - business administration, plastic surgery, accounting, marketing, dentistry and advertising, and related areas.) Also, scholarships are not granted for direct Ph.D. programs (combined M.A. and Ph.D. programs), distance learning programs, open or online education.

Number of awards
Not specified, several scholarships will be granted

Sponsorship duration
The Scholarships are awarded on a yearly basis for a duration of up to:
  • Undergraduate and graduate academic mobility programs: One academic term (quarter, trimester or semester)
  • Postgraduate research and postdoctoral fellowships: 1 to 12 months (1 month minimum)
  • Specialization studies: 1 year
  • Masters degree studies: 2 years
  • Ph.D. studies: 3 years
  • Medical specialties and sub-specialties: 3 years

Scholarship benefits
The grant includes Monthly stipend, Registration fees and tuition (as established by the program at each institution), Health insurance, Round-trip international airfare at beginning and end of the scholarship, and Transportation from Mexico City to the host institution and back at the start and end of the scholarship (if studying outside of Mexico City.),

Method of Application
The admissions process of the Mexican institution and its letter of acceptance are independent of the scholarship program. Applicants are responsible for applying for admission directly to the academic program of interest. The applicant must present a nominating letter from his/her government for the scholarship application to be processed. Submission of an acceptance letter, a nominating letter and/or all of the required documents does not automatically result in a scholarship. Applicants must go through the scholarship selection process.

The entire scholarship application process must be done at the Mexican embassy in the applicant’s country or at the concurrent embassy. NO APPLICATIONS WILL BE ACCEPTED DIRECTLY FROM THE APPLICANTS.

It is important to visit the official website (link to it is below) for complete information on how to apply for this scholarship.

Applications for the scholarship will be accepted from August 4 to September 28, 2017 at 15:00 (local time in Mexico). Complete all required forms fully and correctly and submit all required documentation within the acceptance period for applications.

APPLICATIONS SUBMITTED AFTER THE DEADLINE WILL NOT BE PROCESSED. Candidates will be informed of the results by the corresponding Mexican embassy or designated Mexican institution.

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. In addition, the Mexican institutions and the academic community benefit from the increased internationalization.

Application Deadline: 28 September 2017
Open to International Applicants: Yes

More Scholarship Information and Application (official Mexican Govt website)
More Scholarship Information and Application (English Call for Application - PDF)

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