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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.If you are currently enrolled in an undergraduate or graduate program at a U.S. college or university, you will apply through that institution, even if you are not currently a resident there. Find the Fulbright Program Adviser on your campus.

U.S. Citizen but not a Student

If you are a U.S. citizen, will hold a bachelor’s degree by the award start date, and do not have a Ph.D. degree, then you are eligible to apply. Non-enrolled applicants 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.

The Getting Started page will provide information on eligibility and 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. Professor/Administrator

If you are a U.S. citizen and a professor or administrator at a U.S. institution and are interested in applying for a Fulbright Scholar Award, you will need to apply through

To support your students in applying for a U.S. Student Program award, please connect with the Fulbright Program Adviser at your institution.

Non U.S. Citizens

If you are a non-U.S. citizen interested in applying for a Fulbright Award 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 Program or Fulbright Foreign Student Program.


10 Fulbright-Garcia Robles All Disciplines - Open Study/Research Award

Accepted Degree Levels
  • Master's
  • Doctoral
Grant Period
September Start
Grant Length
9 Months
Award Type
Open Study/Research
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 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 in STEM fields. COMEXUS also supports projects in the arts (both performance and research) 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
9 Months
Grant Period
September Start

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.

In-Country Orientation

All grantees will be required to attend a mandatory Welcome Orientation in Mexico City during the last week of August 2025, 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.

Candidate Profile

Applicants at the bachelor's 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.

What is life like for Fulbrighters in the host country?

The close, dynamic relationship between the United States and Mexico offers a plethora of opportunities for students interested in conducting research at the university level on issues of relevance for both countries.  Mexico is proud of its ancestral cultural heritage as well as its long history of academic excellence. The opportunities for informed travel and discovery for U.S. researchers are endless. 

The site of major Amerindian civilizations - including the Olmec, Toltec, Teotihuacan, Zapotec, Maya, and Aztec, among others, and home to one of the most biodiverse environments, it is no wonder that Mexico boasts the largest UNESCO world heritage in the American continent: 14 cities, 35 cultural and natural sites, as well as an important number of intangible patrimonies. Additionally, Mexico has designated 132 Pueblos Mágicos (Magical Towns), communities that over time have maintained their original architecture, traditions, history and culture, which enhance the richness of travel destinations.

Mexico was colonized by Spain in the early 16th century and achieved independence three centuries later. Elections held in 2000 marked the first time since the 1910 Mexican Revolution that an opposition candidate - Vicente Fox of the conservative Partido Acción Nacional (PAN) - defeated the party in government, the Partido Revolucionario Institucional (PRI). He was succeeded in 2006 by another PAN candidate Felipe Calderón, but Enrique Peña Nieto regained the presidency for the PRI in 2012. Left-leaning politician and former mayor of Mexico City (2000-05) Andrés Manuel López Obrador, from the Movimiento de Regeneración Nacional (MORENA), became president in December 2018. Presidents in Mexico cannot be reelected after their six-year term. In 2024 there will be elections and the two strongest candidates are women, so Mexico will most likely have a female President for the first time!

Education in Mexico has a long tradition. The Universidad Nacional Autónoma de México (UNAM), which started as Real y Pontificia Universidad de México (Royal and Pontifical University of Mexico), was founded in 1551 and is the second oldest institution of higher education in the American Continent. UNAM has been cited as one of the largest and most important universities, not only in Mexico but in all of Latin America. Its philosophy is closely tied to social responsibility, at the service of the country and humankind by educating academics and professionals to be of use to society, able to organize and carry out research on social and political issues that have vast cultural benefits. All three of Mexico’s Nobel Prize winners, Octavio Paz, Mario J. Molina, and Alfonso García Robles were UNAM graduates.

There are six subsystems of higher education institutions in Mexico: public universities, technological institutes, technological universities, teacher training colleges, and other public and private institutions. When all of them are counted, Mexico has 1,250 institutions of higher education. Mexico’s 45 public universities, generate 50 percent of all academic research and produce 52 percent of undergraduates as well as 48 percent of graduate students. There are also one hundred and sixty-eight private universities to be found throughout the country.

There are a few very interesting and original public higher educational institutions unique to Mexico that have been studied and reproduced in other countries. This is the case of the Universidades Interculturales, specifically designed for bilingual and bicultural environments in regions with a strong indigenous presence. There is a world-renowned prestigious agricultural university, La Universidad Autonoma de Chapingo, that boards students from all over the country. The Escuelas Normales Rurales (teacher training in rural areas) are also exemplary educational institutions. All combined, the opportunities for U.S. Study/Research Students to establish relationships with their Mexican counterparts are endless.

The education system is mostly centered in Mexico City, however, there are other important educational hubs that attract students from all over, for example, Puebla, Puebla; Xalapa, Veracruz; Leon and Guanajuato, Guanajuato; Guadalajara, Jalisco and Merida in the Yucatán peninsula.

Residency in host country NOT permitted in year prior to grant
Indicate how many months is considered residency:
7 Months
Dual citizens of this country are eligible
  • 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.
Degree Level of Applicant
  • Master's
  • Doctoral
Special Application Instructions

Candidates currently enrolled in a graduate program and planning to carry out research in Mexico for their master's thesis or doctoral research should include a letter of recommendation from their thesis advisor at their home institution.

Foreign Language Proficiency
Required - Advanced

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
Independent Study/Research:
Graduate Degree Enrollment:
Independent Study/Research:
Letter required for independent study or research at deadline

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.

Affiliation Fees/Tuition
Affiliation Fees/Tuition not covered in grant benefits
Award Benefits
  • A stipend broadly based on the cost of living in the host country. These funds may be used by the grantee to support housing, meals, and incidental costs during the grant period.
  • International travel benefits
  • Accident & sickness health benefits
  • 24/7 mental health support line for urgent and non-urgent situations
  • 12 months of non-competitive eligibility (NCE) hiring status within the federal government
Stipend Amount

This is an estimated amount and is subject to change. The financial terms of the grant will be confirmed in the grant document issued after selection.

24,000 to 28,000 monthly stipend amount in
$ [Mexican Peso]

Stipend will vary according to host location in Mexico and local costs of living. The range indicated here is approximate. 

One-Time Allowances

This is an estimated amount and is subject to change. The financial terms of the grant will be confirmed in the grant document issued after selection.

700 in
$ [US Dollar]
  • Research/Materials allowance
  • Settling in allowance

There is a one time only $500 USD allowance for books and a one time only $200 USD allowance for settling-in expenses. 

Additional Grant Benefits
  • Mid-year seminar

There is a midterm mandatory seminar in mid-January. COMEXUS covers travel expenses from grantees' placements to the seminar and back. 

Estimated Cost of Living

Consider using cost of living comparison websites to gain a better understanding of the potential costs in your host country.

Cost of living varies depending on grant location. Please visit this website to help estimate the cost of living, meals, and incidentals in different cities in Mexico.

You may also read about the average income for a Mexican family here

Dependent financial support is available

Additional financial support for dependents ranges from $3,000 pesos per month to a maximum of $5,000 pesos per month for two or more dependents. 

Housing Arrangements

Neither COMEXUS nor the U.S. Embassy/consulate assist in locating or securing housing for U.S. Fulbright 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.

Fulbright Program Management Contact
Fulbright Commission/U.S. Embassy Website
Special Consideration

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 in Spanish by COMEXUS in February 2025.

Travel Advisories

The Fulbright Commission in Mexico follows the recommendations of both the Mexican government and the U.S. Embassy when placing U.S. Fulbright grantees in Mexico. Placement may be restricted in certain states or areas of Mexico, dependent on these recommendations. Please consult the detailed U.S. State Dept. Mexico Travel Advisory for information about your prospective location. Projects in level 4 travel advisory areas ("Do Not Travel") will not be considered.  Locations with a level 3 travel advisory ("Reconsider Travel") may be approved on an exceptional basis. Any exceptional permissions may be re-evaluated if conditions change significantly before or during the grant. 

Fulbright Commission/U.S. Embassy Contact
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