2016 Mexican Scholarships for Undergraduate/Graduate International Students


Mexican Government Scholarships

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 2016 Mexican Government Scholarship Program for International Students.

The Mexican Government Scholarships program is for International Students 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.

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).

For a complete list, please see participating countries in the Mexican Government Scholarship Program

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.

These programs demonstrate the progress made by Mexico in various areas of the sciences and humanities.

Fields of study
Scholarships are for ALL COURSES of human endeavor at ALL LEVELS available at participating Mexican institutions (with the exceptions below).

Please note:
a). Scholarships are not granted for direct Ph.D. programs (combined M.A. and Ph.D. programs), distance learning programs, open or online education.

b). The following academic programs are not eligible for scholarships: business administration, plastic surgery, accounting, marketing, dentistry and advertising, and related areas.

c). If the graduate studies program requires a preparatory or introductory course, the student must cover the cost, as it is not included in the Ministry of Foreign Affairs/AMEXCID scholarship. The scholarship begins with the first academic term (quarter, trimester, semester), after the student successfully completes the preparatory course, if required.

d). If the academic program requires a thesis and an end-of-course exam, the student must finish the thesis and take the exam before the specified end date of the scholarship.

e). Individuals already studying in Mexico at an institution of higher education and in an academic program included in the scholarship program may apply for a scholarship. However, the Ministry of Foreign Affairs/AMEXCID scholarship is not retroactive, that is, it will not cover any expenses incurred before the scholarship is awarded.

Number of awards
Not specified, however, numerous scholarships will be awarded to scholars worldwide

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 Foreign Ministry grant includes:

  • Monthly stipend.
  • Registration fees and tuition, as established by the program at each institution (see the academic programs offered by the participating IES).
  • Health insurance
  • Round-trip international airfare at the beginning and end of the scholarship.5
  • Transportation from Mexico City to the host institution and back at the start and end of the scholarship, if studying outside of Mexico City.

Expenses Not Covered by the Scholarship:

  • Academic costs (registration and tuition) if not waived by the academic institution or authorized by the Ministry of Foreign Affairs.
  • Laboratory fees, workshops, language courses or other academic activities that are part of the academic program and are not waived by the academic institution.
  • Fees for transferring academic credits and course revalidation.
  • Cost of printing the thesis.
  • Fees for obtaining the diploma and/or certificate.
  • Registration in the National Registry of Foreign Citizens.
  • Any other expense not mentioned above.

Method of Application
Interested applicants must fill an application form, explain why he/she is interested in studying or conducting research in Mexico, be nominated by his/her government , and submit several required documents.

It is important to visit the official website (link to it is below) for a complete list of application documents and for complete information on how to apply for this scholarship.

Applications for the scholarship will be accepted from April 15 to August 31, 2015.

The results will be announced starting in November 2015 by Mexico’s diplomatic offices abroad.

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: 31 August 2015
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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