Fulbright U.S. Student Program


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4 Fulbright Graduate Degree Awards

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

COMEXUS, the Fulbright-García Robles 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 U.S. 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 Medicine, Veterinary Medicine, and Odontology. Applications in the areas of STEM fields, and Public Policy, or Public Administration are particularly welcome.

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

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.

Grantee is 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 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


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.

In some cases COMEXUS may be able to help with navigating the Mexican university system.  Applicants can list up to three universities (and program departments) where the intend to apply.

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.

Applicants are recommended to check actual and full tuition costs of the university and program they are interested in.  Private universities in particular can cost several thousand pesos per semester. If the annual tuition covered by the Fulbright grant 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.


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.

U.S. universities and non-Mexican universities located in Mexico DO NOT QUALIFY as host institutions.

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

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

Visa Required

For all awards over six months: 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.  Within 30 days of arriving in Mexico, grantees and 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 City, 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 by COMEXUS in February 2019. 


Dependent support is available

Fulbright Commission/U.S. Embassy Website


Fulbright Commission/U.S. Embassy Contact

Becas Information

I am a....

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.