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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 are eligible to apply in the fall of your senior year.  If you are a graduate student, you are eligible as long as you will not have a PhD degree by the application deadline.

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 are eligible to apply. Non-enrolled applicants are encouraged to contact the Fulbright Program Adviser at their most recent alma mater to inquire if the institution can support alumni/ae through the application process. If not, non-enrolled applicants are welcome to apply at “at-large” candidates.

Non-enrolled applicant should have relatively limited professional experience in the fields (typically 7 years or less) in which they are applying. Candidates with more experience should consider applying for the Fulbright Scholar Program.

Please visit the Getting Started page for next steps.


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 7-years or less) in which they are applying. Artists with more experience should consider applying for the 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. Faculty/Staff/Professionals

If you are a U.S. citizen and faculty or staff at a U.S. institution, or professional interested in applying, please visit the Fulbright U.S. Scholar Program.

Non U.S. Citizens

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


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4 Fulbright Graduate Degree Awards

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

The U.S.-Mexico Commission for Educational Exchange (COMEXUS), the Fulbright Commission in Mexico, 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, up to 50,000 pesos in tuition per year, and one round-trip ticket from the United States to Mexico.

Only candidates seeking to complete a Master’s or Ph.D. degree at a Mexican university or qualified Mexican academic institution are eligible to apply.

Applications will be accepted in all fields of study except except medicine, veterinary medicine and dentistry. Applications in the areas of STEM fields, and Public Policy, or Public Administration are particularly welcome.

Fulbright grants in Mexico are known as "Fulbright-García Robles" grants.

Grant Period

10 Months

10 months, to coincide with the academic calendar of the host institution (typically in early August). Grant payments will not start before August of the grant year.

Grantees are required to attend the Welcome Orientation in Mexico City at the end of August each year of grant. This event is 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




Foreign Language Proficiency

Required - Advanced

Additional Information: Higher level proficiency may be necessary depending on the requirements of the proposed degree program. Applicants should include in the Language Self-Evaluation plans for language study between the time of application and the commencement of the grant. 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


Applicants are responsible for applying directly to the university’s graduate program in addition to the Fulbright Program. The applicant should attempt to 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. Applicants must secure an affiliation with a Mexican university and present a letter of acceptance prior to receiving the final grant offer.

Applicants must refer to at least one and up to three Mexican university programs in which they are interested in applying and justify these choices in the Statement of Purpose.

* Applications to Mexican universities take time and special documentation is often required for international students. Special attention should be given to the application deadlines and the time needed for U.S. documentation (such as diploma and transcripts) to be translated and notarized (apostilla). 

Affiliation Fees/Tuition

COMEXUS will provide 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.

Applicants are encouraged to check actual and full tuition costs of the university and program to which they are applying. Private universities in particular can cost several thousand pesos per semester. If the annual tuition covered by the Fulbright award does not cover the full tuition of the academic year, it is the grantee´s responsibility to pay the balance.

Eligible grantees may also qualify for a CONACYT grant to cover the balance of tuition. More information is available here:


Candidates residing, working or studying in Mexico in the year prior to beginning the grant are not eligible. 

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

Candidates who currently hold a temporary or permanent residency card to Mexico are not eligible to apply.

Applications in medicine, veterinary medicine and dentistry are NOT eligible.

Fulbright grantees must heed the U.S. State Department Travel Advisory to Mexico. Projects or affiliations located in areas where the advisory prohibits U.S. government personnel from traveling will NOT be considered. Locations with a Level 3 Travel Advisory may be approved on an exceptional basis. For more information visit Mexico Travel Advisory.

Special Application Instructions

Refer to this program in your Statement of Grant Purpose and list 'Graduate Degree Award' under Award Name on the Fulbright application.

Visa Required

Candidates must have a Visa Authorization from a Mexican Consulate before entering the country on a Fulbright scholarship. For this reason, and due to Mexican immigration laws, candidates with current legal residency in Mexico will not be considered.

COMEXUS will assist in a preauthorization visa approval process for the grantees and their dependents prior to their arrival in Mexico. Within 30 days of arriving in Mexico, the grantees and their dependents must exchange their visa for a Tarjeta de Residente Temporal Estudiante.

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 in Mexico, as well as one round-trip air ticket (U.S.-Mexico-U.S.). However, grantees may incur additional expenses that are not covered by the grant. It is highly recommended to enter the program with some additional savings to cover these expenses.

Semi-finalists will be invited to a virtual interview with COMEXUS in February 2021. 


Dependent support is available.

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