Fulbright U.S. Student Program

Mexico


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31 Fulbright-Garcia Robles All Disciplines-Study/Research Grants

Award Profile:

The U.S.-Mexico Commission for Educational Exchange (COMEXUS) is interested in supporting fieldwork and research in areas of relevance to U.S.-Mexican relations, including: culture, economic integration, trade policies, society and politics, science and technology, ecological and environmental issues, public health, human rights and law, education, and migration and border issues. COMEXUS is particularly interested in proposals pursuing public administration or policy (see Public Policy Initiative below). 

COMEXUS also supports projects in the arts (both Performance and Fine Arts) that create and enhance the dialogue between the U.S. and Mexican arts communities.  

COMEXUS encourages applications from Master and Doctoral-level candidates seeking to do thesis or dissertation research.

Public Policy Initiative Awards: Pursuant to the Commission’s interest in public policy, the Fulbright Commission will fund two grants specifically for students pursuing fieldwork, research or an internship in the area of public administration or public policy. If your project contains a component of public administration or policy relevant to Mexico, please refer to this program in your Statement of Grant Purpose and list under Special Opportunities on the Fulbright application question 2A.

NOTE: The Public Policy Initiative Award is a sub-category of the Fulbright-García Robles grant; it is not part of the Fulbright-Clinton Fellowship.

Applications will be accepted in all fields of study except Medicine, Veterinary Medicine and Dentistry.

 


Grant Period:

6-9 months.

Grants start Sept 1, 2016 and end May 31, 2017. Some grants may begin Jan. 1, 2017 but must end on June 30, 2017.

All grantees will be required to attend a welcome orientation in Mexico City at the end of August 2016 organized by COMEXUS. Attendance at the orientation is mandatory for all grantees, regardless of program start date.


Pre-Departure Orientation:

No Pre-Departure Orientation


Accepted Degree Levels:

Bachelor's
Master's
Doctoral


Foreign Language Proficiency:

Strongly Recommended - Intermediate
2 years of college-level study, or the equivalent, prior to commencing the grant


Additional Information: Spanish language proficiency is necessary, not only for the development of the proposed project, but also in order to communicate on a daily basis. Higher level proficiency may be necessary depending on the requirements of the proposed project. Applicants should discuss plans for language study between the time of application and the commencement of the grant on Application Form 7: Language Self-Evaluation. A Foreign Language Evaluation by a college level Spanish language instructor is also required.


Fulbright Proposal Types:

Independent Study/Research: Yes


Graduate Degree Enrollment: No


Affiliation:

Applicants MUST secure an affiliation with an accredited Mexican research institution or Mexican university. Secondary affiliations with NGOs are welcome as appropriate to the proposal.

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.

Candidates who plan to conduct research for their Master's thesis or Doctoral dissertation should provide a letter of approval from their thesis adviser at their home institution. 

For a partial list of approved Mexican universities and research institutions, please see the Consortium for North American Higher Education Collaboration website at www.conahec.org/member-list.


Ineligibility:

Applies to all grants: Candidates residing in Mexico in the year prior to beginning the grant are not eligible. 

U.S. - Mexico dual citizens are eligible to apply.

Applications in Medicine, Veterinary Medicine and Dentistry are NOT eligible.

TRAVEL WARNINGS: Locations must heed the U.S. State Department Travel Warning to Mexico. Projects or affiliations located in areas where there is a U.S. travel warning advisory in effect will NOT be considered. For more information visit http://travel.state.gov/content/passports/english/alertswarnings/mexico-travel-warning.html


Special Application Instructions:

Public Policy Initiative Awards: If your project contains a component of public administration or policy relevant to Mexico, please refer to this program in your Statement of Grant Purpose and list under Special Opportunities on the Fulbright application question 2A.

NOTE: The Public Policy Initiative Award is a sub-category of the Fulbright-García Robles grant; it is not part of the Fulbright-Clinton Fellowship.


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 exchange their visa for a Tarjeta de Residente Temporal Estudiante 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:

Dependent support is available


3 Fulbright Graduate Degree Grants

Award Profile:

COMEXUS will support up to four academic semesters (2 years) in a Master’s program or up to six academic semesters (3 years) in a Doctoral program. Selected candidates will receive funding for their first two semesters. Approval of subsequent financial support will be subject to approved academic performance and availability of funds. Benefits include monthly maintenance, tuition, and one round-trip ticket for the first year only.

Only candidates seeking to complete a Master’s or Ph.D. degree at a Mexican university or qualified academic institution are eligible to apply. Applications will be accepted in all fields of study except Medicine, Veterinary Medicine and Odontology. Applications in the areas of Public Policy or Public Administration are particularly welcome.


Grant Period:

10 months to coincide with the academic calendar of the host institution. Grant payments will not start before August of the grant year.

The program starts with an orientation in Mexico City at the end of August 2016 organized by COMEXUS. Attendance at the orientation is mandatory for all grantees, regardless of program start date.

 


Pre-Departure Orientation:

No Pre-Departure Orientation


Accepted Degree Levels:

Bachelor's
Master's
Doctoral


Foreign Language Proficiency:

Strongly Recommended - Advanced
3 years of college-level study, or the equivalent, prior to commencing the grant


Additional Information: Higher level proficiency may be necessary depending on the requirements of the proposed degree program. Applicants should discuss plans for language study between the time of application and the commencement of the grant on Application Form 7: Language Self-Evaluation. A Foreign Language Evaluation by a college level Spanish language instructor is also required.


Fulbright Proposal Types:

Independent Study/Research: No


Graduate Degree Enrollment: Yes


Affiliation:

Applicants must secure an affiliation with a Mexican university and present a letter of acceptance or pending acceptance with their grant application.  Final acceptance from the admissions office of that university is required 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.

For a partial list of approved Mexican universities and research institutions, please see the Consortium for North American Higher Education Collaboration website at www.conahec.org/member-list.


Affiliation Fees/Tuition:

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.


Ineligibility:

Applies to all grants: Candidates residing in Mexico in the year prior to beginning the grant are not eligible. 

U.S. - Mexico dual citizens are eligible to apply.

US Universities and non-Mexican universities located in Mexico DO NOT QUALIFY as a host institution.

Applications in Medicine, Veterinary Medicine and Dentistry are NOT eligible.

TRAVEL WARNINGS: Locations must heed the U.S. State Department Travel Warning to Mexico. Projects or affiliations located in areas where there is a U.S. travel warning advisory in effect will NOT be considered. For more information visit http://travel.state.gov/content/passports/english/alertswarnings/mexico-travel-warning.html


Special Application Instructions:

Refer to this program in your Statement of Grant Purpose and list under Special Opportunities on the Fulbright application question 2A.


Dependents:

Dependent support is available


Website:

www.comexus.org.mx 


13 Binational Internship Program

Award 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 another business-related field. Candidates with a Bachelor’s degree in other fields, with demonstrated experience and interest in business, may also be considered.  Work and/or internship experience, especially for graduating seniors or recent graduates, is also preferred.  

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.


Grant Period:

10 months

September through June. The program starts with an orientation in Mexico City at the end of August 2016 organized by the Fulbright Commission. Attendance at the orientation is mandatory for all grantees.


Pre-Departure Orientation:

No Pre-Departure Orientation


Accepted Degree Levels:

Bachelor's
Master's


Foreign Language Proficiency:

Strongly Recommended - Advanced
3 years of college-level study, or the equivalent, prior to commencing the grant


Additional Information: Applicants should discuss plans for language study between the time of application and the commencement of the grant on Application Form 7: Language Self-Evaluation. A Foreign Language Evaluation by a college level Spanish language instructor is also required.


Fulbright Proposal Types:

Independent Study/Research: Yes


Graduate Degree Enrollment: No


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 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  Instituto Tecnologico Autonomo de Mexico (ITAM).

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.


Affiliation Fees/Tuition:

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


Special Application Instructions:

Refer to this program in your Statement of Grant Purpose and list under Special Opportunities on the Fulbright application question 2A.


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 2016, COMEXUS will conduct interviews via telephone or videoconference (Skype) in Spanish with the recommended candidates prior to the final selection process.


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.


Website:

www.comexus.org.mx


60 Fulbright English Teaching Assistantships

Grant Period:

9 months

September to May. The program starts with an orientation in late August 2016 organized by COMEXUS and the Mexican Ministry of Education (Secretaría de Educación Pública: SEP) in Mexico City. Attendance at the orientation is mandatory.


Pre-Departure Orientation:

No Pre-Departure Orientation


Candidate Profile:

Candidates with degrees in English, Spanish, education, TESOL, or applied linguistics with some experience in teaching or tutoring are preferred. Other fields will be 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.


Accepted Degree Levels:

Bachelor's
Master's


Foreign Language Proficiency:

Strongly Recommended - Advanced
3 years of college-level study, or the equivalent, prior to commencing the grant


Additional Information: Spanish language proficiency is necessary in order to acclimate and integrate into daily life in host communities. Applicants should discuss plans for language study between the time of application and the commencement of the grant on Application Form 7: Language Self-Evaluation.  A Foreign Language Evaluation by a college level Spanish language instructor is also required.

Successful candidates must be articulate speakers of English with native fluency.


Fulbright Proposal Types:

Independent Study/Research: n/a


Graduate Degree Enrollment: n/a


Placement Type:

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, COMEXUS, 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.


Ineligibility:

Candidates residing in Mexico in the year prior to beginning the grant are not eligible.


Supplementary Project:

EEnglish Teaching Assistant responsibilities will be up to 25 hours per week; therefore, grantees are expected to engage in other activities related to their personal, career, and/or educational interests. Applicants should consider a project that they intend to pursue if awarded the grant. They should keep in mind that these activities should be flexible respective to geographic location, since they will not know where they will be placed. For example, grantees may engage in specific volunteer activities, conduct research into topics or issues relative to Mexico or a combination thereof.

In their Statements of Grant Purpose, applicants should briefly describe their project plans and may address some or all of the following: 1) why the activities are appropriate to Mexico; 2) skills, talents or other qualifications that they bring to the project plan; 3) how they view this plan as contributing to their professional or educational development; and, 4) if and how the plan contributes to the Fulbright goals of mutual understanding and host community engagement. Applicants should keep in mind that the primary activity for ETAs is in the classroom and not carrying out a project. Applicants with strong research/academic  project proposals may wish to consider the Study/Research grant program. The Commission may discuss project alternatives with the grantee when the placement is made.


Dependents:

Dependent support is not available


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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.