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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.

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 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. 

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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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2 Fulbright/COMEXUS Public Policy Initiative Awards

Accepted Degree Levels
Master's
Doctoral
Grant Period
9 Months
PDO
No Pre-Departure Orientation
Award Profile

Pursuant to the Commission's commitment to binational understanding, the U.S.-Mexico Commission for Educational Exchange (COMEXUS), the Fulbright Commission in Mexico, will fund up to two grants specifically for students pursuing fieldwork, research or an internship in the area of Public Administration or Public Policy.

This award specifically seeks applicants interested in pursuing a career in Public Diplomacy or politics. Qualified applicants will have started or completed a Master's degree program or higher in a related field.

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

Grant Period

9 Months

Grant lengths can range from 6 to 9 months. Grants start September 1, 2021, and end May 31, 2022. Some grants may begin January 1, 2022, but must end on or before June 30, 2022. 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 2021, organized by COMEXUS. Attendance at the orientation is mandatory for all grantees, regardless of program start date.

Pre-Departure Orientation

No Pre-Departure Orientation

Arrival Orientation

Mandatory

Tentative dates for the Welcome Orientation in 2021 are August 22-27, 2021.

Candidate Profile

Candidates should be currently enrolled in a Master's or doctoral level program in a field related to Public Administration, Public Policy, Diplomacy, or other related field. Candidates who have recently completed a terminal Master's degree will also be considered. Applications should reflect a true binational impact as well as the relevance to the candidate's professional or academic development.

Candidates must be enrolled in a Master's or doctoral program to be considered.

Accepted Degree Levels

Master's

Doctoral

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 include in the Self-Evaluation Form 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: 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, but are not accepted as a primary affiliation.

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

Ineligibility

Applies to all grants: 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.

Special Application Instructions

In your Fulbright online application, for Award Name, please select 'Public Policy Initiative' from the drop down menu.

Travel Warnings

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.

Interview

Applicants should take into consideration that the 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 with COMEXUS in February 2021.

Dependents

Dependent support is available.

Fulbright Commission/U.S. Embassy Website

http://www.comexus.org.mx/

Fulbright Commission/U.S. Embassy Contact

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