Fulbright U.S. Student Program

Mexico

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27 Fulbright/Garcia Robles Study/Research Grants

Language:

 A high level of proficiency in Spanish is required.  Advanced Spanish is strongly recommended.


Grant period:

9 months. Grant start dates should correspond with standard academic semesters (August/September or January/February). The program starts with an orientation in Mexico City at the end of August 2014 organized by the Fulbright Mexican Commission (COMEXUS). Attendance at the orientation is mandatory for all grantees, regardless of program start date.


Ineligibility:

Applies to all grants: Candidates residing in Mexico for non-academic activities in the year prior to beginning the grant are not eligible. 


Fields of study:

All areas except Medicine, Veterinary Medicine, and Dentistry will be considered.


Affiliation:

Candidates who plan to conduct research for theses or dissertations should provide a letter of approval from their thesis adviser at their home institution. Applicants must also affiliate with a Mexican  institution, primarily a university, research institution, or NGO, and should secure a letter of affiliation. Those applicants who are selected as grantees and who do not have a firm confirmation from an appropriate Mexican host institution may be assisted by COMEXUS to identify and negotiate an affiliation with a Mexican institution or university.


General comments:

COMEXUS is especially interested in attracting students pursuing fieldwork or internships in public administration or public policy (see below). Additional fields of interest for COMEXUS are projects addressing issues of relevance to U.S.-Mexican relations, including culture, economic integration, society and politics, migration, trade policy, ecological issues, human rights, education, public health, and border issues. COMEXUS also supports projects in the arts (both Performance and Fine Arts) that create and enhance dialogue between the U.S. and Mexican arts communities.  Students conducting research in the areas of science and technology are also welcome to apply. 


Visa requirements:

For all awards: Candidates must have a Visa Authorization from a Mexican Consulate before entering the country on a Fulbright scholarship. COMEXUS will process the visa for the grantees and their dependents prior to their arrival in Mexico. Once in country, the grantees and their dependents must trade in their visa for a Tarjeta de No Immigrante Cooperante within 30 days of arriving in Mexico. Those candidates possessing dual U.S. and Mexican nationality are required by Mexican law to enter Mexico on their Mexican passport and will not receive said visa.


Dependents:

Grants are increased by US$150 per month for grantees with one accompanying dependent; by US$250 for two or more dependents.


3 Fulbright Graduate Degree Grants

Refer to this program in your Statement of Grant Purpose and list under Special Programs on the Fulbright application.


Language:

Fluent or advanced Spanish is strongly recommended.


Grant period:

Up to 2 academic years for a Master’s and up to 3 academic years for a Ph.D.  The program starts with an orientation in Mexico City at the end of August 2014 organized by COMEXUS. Attendance at the orientation is mandatory for all grantees, regardless of program start date.


Ineligibility:

Applies to all grants: Candidates residing in Mexico for non-academic activities in the year prior to beginning the grant are not eligible.


Candidate profile :

Candidates seeking to complete a Master’s or Ph.D. degree at a Mexican university or qualified academic institution are encouraged to apply.  Applications will be accepted in all fields of study, except as noted above. Applications in the areas of Public Policy or Public Administration are particularly welcomed.


Affiliation:

Applicants must secure an affiliation with a Mexican university and present a letter of acceptance from the admissions office of that university prior to receiving the final grant offer. Applicants are responsible for applying directly to the university’s graduate program in addition to the Fulbright Grant. If acceptance is not possible by the Fulbright application deadline, the applicant should obtain a letter from the university academic department stipulating that the academic program sought by the applicant is available and admission is feasible based on a preliminary review of the application's background and credentials.


Special allowances:

COMEXUS will offer up to 50,000 pesos per academic year to cover the costs of tuition and other relevant degree program expenses, as determined by the Commission, to all grantees regardless of the area of study. The Commission will also assist grantees in obtaining tuition waivers, when possible.


Specific considerations:

COMEXUS will support up to four academic semesters (2 years) in Master’s and (3 years) six academic semesters in Doctoral programs. Selected candidates will receive an initial two semesters of funding. Approval of subsequent financial support will be subject to academic performance and availability of funds. Benefits include monthly maintenance, tuition, and one round-trip ticket.


13 Binational Business Internships

Refer to this program in your Statement of Grant Purpose and list under Special Programs on the Fulbright application.


Language:

Excellent spoken and written Spanish is required at the time of application. 


Professional and academic affiliation:

Following final selection, COMEXUS will arrange the internship placement of grantees through a trilateral matching process involving participating companies, grantees, and the Commission. In this process:

1. Grantees and companies begin bilateral communication and professional interviews.

 2. Both the companies and grantees then rank their top three options (grantee/company) in order of preference, and the Commission secures a compatible match.  Applicants do not list an affiliation.

Grantees will enroll in courses at either the Instituto Tecnologico Autonomo de Mexico (ITAM) or the Instituto Tecnologico de Estudios Superiores de Monterrey (ITESM) at the Santa Fe campus location.

In the last two years, COMEXUS has placed grantees in the following companies: Ashoka, Scotiabank, Endeavor, Asociación Mexicana para las Naciones Unidas, Angel Ventures, Grupo BAL and Volaris among others. Please note that the list of participating companies and NGOs is subject to change every year. While the majority of placements are with for-profit companies, each year there are usually opportunities to work in the non-profit sector, as well.


Grant period:

10 months, September through June. The program starts with an orientation in Mexico City at the end of August 2014 organized by the Fulbright Commission. Attendance at the orientation is mandatory for all grantees.


Candidate profile :

Preference is for applicants with a Bachelor’s degree, or who are in graduate study, in the following fields: business administration, finance, economics, international relations, engineering, law/international law, accounting, or some other business-related field.  Some work experience or significant internships, especially for graduating seniors or recent graduates, is also preferred.  Candidates with a Bachelor’s degree in other fields, with demonstrated experience and interest in business, may also be considered.  Persons who have completed a Master's-level degree and/or who have more than three years' experience in a preferred field prior to application may be overqualified.


Tuition:

All grantees will enroll in at least three courses at a designated university (one per quarter).  University fees are covered by the grant.


Specific considerations:

Applicants should take into consideration that this Fulbright Grant covers maintenance and basic living expenses in Mexico City, as well as one round- trip air ticket (U.S.-Mexico-U.S.). However, grantees may incur additional expenses related to working in a business environment that are not covered by the grant. It is highly recommended to enter the program with some additional savings to cover these expenses.


Statement of grant purpose:

In the Statement of Grant Purpose, the following three points should be addressed: 1) Areas where the applicant could benefit from and make the best contribution to a Mexico-based company conducting international business; 2) Aspects of the applicant’s academic background (coursework, workshops, special courses, particular interests, etc.) and professional experience (specific jobs and assignments) that would allow the applicant to benefit from the experience and contribute to a company during the internship and in the classroom; 3) Expected benefits from the internship and courses and their relationship to the applicant’s future career plans. In mid-February 2014, COMEXUS will conduct interviews via telephone or videoconference (Skype) in Spanish with the recommended candidates prior to the final selection process.


Dependents:

Grants are increased by US$150 per month for grantees with one accompanying dependent; by US$250 for two or more dependents.


19 Fulbright English Teaching Assistantships

Language:

Proficiency in Spanish is required. Successful candidates must be articulate speakers of English with native fluency.


Grant period:

9 months, from September to May. The program starts with an orientation in late August organized by COMEXUS and the Mexican Ministry of Education (Secretaría de Educación Pública: SEP) in Mexico City. Attendance at the orientation is mandatory.


Ineligibility:

Candidates residing in Mexico for non-academic activities in the year prior to beginning the grant are not eligible.


Candidate profile :

Applications are welcome from BA and MA-level applicants. Candidates with degrees in English, Spanish, education, TESOL, or applied linguistics with some experience in teaching or tutoring are preferred. Other fields will be seriously considered, if combined with teaching experience and/or coursework in pedagogy. Preference will be given to candidates with expressed interest in pursuing a career in education and with demonstrated experience including volunteer activities.  Candidates must be under 29 years of age at the time of application and be in good health.


Nature of assignment:

The Commission, in coordination with SEP, will place grantees at institutions in the public education system. Placements can be made in any Mexican state, so applicants must be flexible regarding geographic location. Details of assignments will be subject to communication between SEP, the Fulbright Commission, and the Mexican host institution. The academic profile of the selected candidate and the host institution’s needs are important in determining the final placement. Note: Given the range of placements, applicants may highlight a preference for primary, secondary school or university placement based on their professional background and career goals.


Responsibilities:

ETAs will be assigned as language-learning assistants, but will not be responsible for teaching entire courses. Responsibilities may include giving presentations on topics related to the United States (culture, society, history), preparing classroom activities, and conducting English conversation clubs. Teaching assistant responsibilities will be an average of 15 hours per week; therefore, grantees are expected to engage in other activities related to their educational or professional interests. Even though candidates will not know where they may be placed if awarded a grant, applicants should discuss ways they would utilize this opportunity for independent study, research or other related activity.


Housing:

Grantees will be responsible for arranging their own housing; however, the host institutions may assist the grantees in finding options.


Dependents:

Accompanying dependents are not supported in this program.


Website:

www.comexus.org.mx 


3 Fulbright Public Policy Initiative Grants

Pursuant to the Commission’s interest in public policy, the Fulbright Commission will fund three grants specifically for students conducting fieldwork or research in the areas of public administration or public policy. If you are interested in public policy and conducting a study/research project in Mexico, refer to this program in your Statement of Grant Purpose in the Fulbright application and you will be considered for both the Fulbright/Garcia Robles grants and the Public Policy Initiative Grant.  

This grant is a sub-category of the Fulbright-García Robles grant; it is not part of the Fulbright-Clinton Fellowship


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Current U.S. Student

United States citizens who are currently enrolled in undergraduate or graduate degree programs are eligible to apply.  All applicants enrolled in U.S institutions must apply through their home campuses.  Find the Fulbright Program Adviser on your campus.

If you are an undergraduate student you would be eligible to apply in your senior year.  If you are a graduate student you are eligible to apply to most countries as long as you will not have a PhD degree on the application deadline.

Non-U.S. Student

If you are a non-U.S. citizen looking to applying for a Fulbright grant to study in the United States you will apply to the Fulbright Program for Foreign Students in your home country.

U.S. Citizen but not a Student

If you are a U.S. citizen, hold a bachelor’s degree, and do not have a PhD degree then you could be eligible for certain awards within the Fulbright U.S. Student Program.  Please review the program summary for the country where you would like to apply.

Artist

The Fulbright U.S. Student Program welcomes applications in the creative and performing arts.  Arts candidates for the U.S. Student Program should have relatively limited professional experience in the fields (typically 5 years or less) in which they are applying.  Artists with more experience should consider applying for Fulbright Scholar Program.

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U.S. Professor

If you are a U.S. citizen and a professor at a U.S. institution and are interested in applying for a Fulbright Scholar Award you will need to apply through CIES.

Non U.S. Professor

If you are a non-U.S. citizen and a professor interested in applying for a Fulbright Scholar Award to the United States you would need to apply through the Fulbright Commission or U.S. Embassy in your home country.  Find out more information on the Fulbright Visiting Scholar Program.