10 Fulbright-Garcia Robles All Disciplines - Open Study/Research Awards
Accepted Degree LevelsMaster's
Grant PeriodSeptember Start
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 but not limited to: 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.
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's- 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.
Fulbright grants in Mexico are known as "Fulbright-García Robles" grants.
Grant Length: Two options, 6 or 9 months.
Grants may start September 1, and end May 31. Some grants may begin January 1, but must end on or before June 30. Grants cannot be shorter than 6 months.
All grantees will be required to attend a mandatory Welcome Orientation in Mexico City during the last week of August 2022, organized and sponsored by COMEXUS, regardless of their program start date.
COMEXUS will arrange international transportation for grantees except in very specific cases in which grantees travel with a qualified dependent. Grantees should not purchase their airfare without first consulting their COMEXUS Program Officer.
Applicants at the BA level will not be considered for this award.
Candidates enrolled in a Master's or doctoral program are preferred. Applications should reflect a need to conduct academic research in Mexico related to applicant's discipline and thesis or dissertation.
At-Large 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.
All 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. IRB is required for all projects that include interviews and interactions with human subjects.
Accepted Degree Levels
Foreign Language Proficiency
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 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
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.
Neither COMEXUS nor the U.S. Embassy/consulate will assist in locating or helping secure housing for U.S. Fulbright grantees.
The Commission is not responsible for finding housing for grantees. The Commission may make suggestions and offer contacts and references from former grantees, but it is the grantee’s responsibility to find housing. Although some grants come with a modest relocation award, the Commission recommends having sufficient funds to cover move-in expenses. Having a few short-term options in mind following the Welcome Orientation is a good idea since it is not advisable to secure long-term housing before arrival. After several days or weeks, you will have a better idea of what you are looking for in your living situation, and more importantly, the length of commute between your home and primary grant activity site.
Dual citizens of this country are eligible
Residency in host country not permitted in year prior to grant
- Dual Mexican-U.S. citizen are eligible to apply
- Candidates must not be living, working or studying in Mexico during the application and selection process.
- Candidates with a valid Tarjeta de Residente (temporal or permanente) are not eligible to apply.
Special Application Instructions
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 by COMEXUS in February 2022.
Candidates must have a Visa Authorization from a Mexican Consulate before entering the country on a Fulbright award. 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, 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.
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.