Mexican Government Scholarship Program for Foreign Students in Mexico, 2016

Applications are invited for Mexican Government scholarships available for foreign students. Scholarships for academic studies are offered for those who are interested in studying for a specialization, Master’s degree or doctorate, conducting graduate or postdoctoral research, or taking part in an undergraduate or graduate -level academic mobility program. The final decision on the scholarships is made solely by the Mexican government. Application deadline for the scholarship is August 31, 2015.

Study Subject(s): Scholarships are awarded to study any one of the courses available at participating Mexican institutions except Business administration, Plastic surgery, accounting, marketing, dentistry and advertising.
Course Level: Scholarships are available 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.
Scholarship Provider: Mexican Government
Scholarship can be taken at: Mexico

Eligibility: Requirements for all applicants:
-Bachelor’s, Master’s or PhD 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.

Scholarship Open for International Students: These Mexican Government Scholarships are open for the students of North America (United States, Canada and Canada / Province of Quebec), Caribbean (Antigua and Barbuda, Bahamas, Barbados, Cuba, Dominica, Dominican Republic, Grenada, Guyana, Haiti, Jamaica, Puerto Rico (Commonwealth), Saint Kitts and Nevis, Saint Lucia, Saint Vincent and the Grenadines, Suriname and Trinidad and Tobago), Asia (Afghanistan, Azerbaijan, Bangladesh, Bhutan, Brunei, Cambodia, Kingdom of, China, People’s Rep., India, Indonesia, Japan, Kazakhstan, Korea, Kyrgyzstan, Laos, Democratic Rep., Malaysia, Mongolia, Myanmar, Nepal, North Korea, Pakistan, Islamic Rep. of, Philippines, Singapore, Sri Lanka, Tajikistan, Thailand, Kingdom of Timor – Leste, Turkmenistan, Uzbekistan, Vietnam, Socialist Rep. of), Africa (Algeria, Angola, Benin, Botswana, Burkina Faso, Burundi, Cameroon, Cape Verde, Chad, Comoros, Djibouti, Equatorial Guinea, Eritrea, Ethiopia, Gabon, Gambia, Ghana, Guinea, Ivory Coast, Kenya, Lesotho, Liberia, Libya, Malawi, Mauritania, Mauritius, Morocco, Mozambique, Namibia, Niger, Nigeria, Republic of Congo, Rwanda, Saharawi, Arab Rep., Sao Tome and Principe, Senegal, Seychelles, Sierra Leone, Somalia, South Africa, Swaziland, Tanzania, Togo, Tunisia, Uganda, Zambia and Zimbabwe) Latin America (Argentina, Belize, Bolivia, Brazil, Chile, Colombia, Costa Rica, Ecuador, El Salvador, Guatemala, Honduras, Nicaragua, Panama, Paraguay, Peru, Uruguay and Venezuela) Europe (Austria, Belgium, Bulgaria, Cyprus, Czech Republic, Finland, France, Germany, Great Britain, Greece, Hungary, Ireland, Italy, Latvia, Lithuania, Netherlands, Norway, Poland, Portugal, Romania, Russian Federation, Serbia, Slovak Republic, Slovenia, Spain, Sweden, Switzerland, Turkey and Ukraine) Pacific (Australia, Cook Islands, Fiji Islands, Kiribati, Marshall Islands, Micronesia, Nauru, New Zealand, Niue, Palau, Papua New Guinea, Independent State, Samoa, Solomon Islands, Tonga, Tuvalu and Vanuatu), Middle East (Bahrain, Egypt, Iran, Iraq, Israel, Jordan, Kuwait, Lebanon, Oman, Palestinian National Authority, Qatar, Saudi Arabia, United Arab Emirates and Yemen) and Non- Self- Governing Territories (American Samoa, Anguilla, Bermuda, British Virgin Islands, Cayman Islands, Gibraltar, Guam, Montserrat, New Caledonia, Pitcairn, Saint Helena, Tokelau, Turks and Caicos Islands and United States Virgin Islands). 

Scholarship Description: On behalf of the Ministry of Foreign Affairs, 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 or postdoctoral research, or taking part in an undergraduate or graduate-level academic mobility program, 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. More than 70 Mexican institutions participate and all offer academic programs registered with the National Council for Science and Technology (CONACYT) as National Quality Graduate Programs. These programs demonstrate the progress made by Mexico in the sciences and humanities. 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 its partners abroad. In addition, the Mexican institutions and academic community benefit from the increased internationalization.

Number of award(s): Not Known

Duration of award(s): The scholarships are awarded annually for the following:
-Undergraduate and graduate academic mobility programs- one academic term (quarter, trimester or semester)
-Graduate-level research and postdoctoral fellowships-12 months (1 month minimum)
-Specialization-1 year
-Master’s degree- 2 Years
-Doctorate- 3 years
-Medical specialties and subspecialties- 3 Years

What does it cover?
-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.

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.

Notification: The results will be announced starting in November 2015 by Mexico’s diplomatic offices abroad. The final decision on the scholarships is made solely by the Mexican government.

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. No applications will be accepted directly from the applicants. The applicant must submit the documents in the following order:
1. Official nomination of his/her government
2. Application form
3. An explanation of why the applicant is interested in studying or conducting research in Mexico.
4. Curriculum vitae (maximum of 3 pages).
5. 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.
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.
6. Coy of the diploma for the highest degree received.
7. 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.
8. 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.

Scholarship Application Deadline: Application deadline for the scholarship is August 31, 2015.

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