Fulbright U.S. Student Program


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11 Fulbright-Garcia Robles All Disciplines - Open Study/Research Awards

Accepted Degree Levels
Grant Period
9 Months
No Pre-Departure Orientation
Award Profile

The U.S.-Mexico Commission for Educational Exchange (COMEXUS), the Fulbright Commission in Mexico, is interested in supporting fieldwork and research in areas of relevance to U.S.-Mexican relations, including: culture, economic integration, foreign policy, 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 STEM fields and Public Administration or Public Policy (see Public Policy Initiative grant). 

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.

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

The Fulbright grant in Mexico is also known as Fulbright-García Robles.

Public Policy Initiative Awards: Pursuant to the Commission’s interest in public policy, the Fulbright Commission will fund up to two grants specifically for students pursuing fieldwork, research or an internship in the area of Public Administration or Public Policy. Qualified applicants will have started or completed a Master's degree program. This award seeks applicants interested in pursuing a career in Public Diplomacy or politics.

Grant Period

9 Months

6 or 9 months.

Grants start Sept 1, 2019 and end May 31, 2020. Some grants may begin Jan. 1, 2020 but must end on or before June 30, 2020.  Grants cannot be shorter than 6 months.

All grantees will be required to attend a Welcome Orientation in Mexico City at the end of August 2019 organized by COMEXUS. Attendance at the orientation is mandatory for all grantees, regardless of program start date.

Pre-Departure Orientation

No Pre-Departure Orientation

Candidate Profile

Preferred candidates should be currently enrolled in a Master´s or PhD program. Applications should reflect a need to conduct academic research in Mexico related to applicant´s discipline and thesis or dissertation.

Applicants should also consider whether Institutional Review Board (IRB) approval is necessary for their research goals and if they can secure IRB approval prior to beginning grant and to cover the entire grant period.

Accepted Degree Levels



Foreign Language Proficiency

Required - Intermediate

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


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. 


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: Fulbright grantees must heed the U.S. State Department Travel Advisory to Mexico. Projects or affiliations located in areas where there is a U.S. travel advisory in effect advising against travel will NOT be considered. For more information visit Mexico Travel Advisory.

Special Application Instructions


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 assist in a preauthorization visa approval process 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.

Special Consideration

Applicants should take into consideration that this Fulbright grant covers maintenance and basic living expenses based on the cost of living in the region the grantee conducts their project, as well as one round-trip air ticket (U.S.-Mexico-U.S.). Grantees may incur additional expenses that are not covered by the grant. It is highly recommended to begin the program with some additional savings to cover these expenses.

Semi-finalists will be invited to a virtual interview by COMEXUS in February 2019.


Dependent support is available

Fulbright Commission/U.S. Embassy Website


Fulbright Commission/U.S. Embassy Contact

Becas Information

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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.


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.

Creative & Performing Arts projects fall under the Study/Research grant category and are available in all countries where Study/Research grants are offered. 



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.