2 Fulbright/COMEXUS Public Policy Initiative Award
Accepted Degree Levels
Grant PeriodFall Start
Grant Length9 Months
To honor its 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 be enrolled in a master's degree program or higher, or will have completed a terminal master's degree in a field related to public policy and public administration.
Fulbright grants in Mexico are also known as "Fulbright-García Robles" grants.
Grant Length: 6 to 9 months.
Grant lengths can range from 6 to 9 months. Grants 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 Welcome Orientation in Mexico City at the end of August 2024, organized by COMEXUS. Attendance at the orientation is mandatory for all grantees, regardless of program start date.
All grantees will be required to attend a mandatory Welcome Orientation in Mexico City during the last week of August 2024, organized and sponsored by COMEXUS.
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.
It is preferred that candidates be currently enrolled in a U.S. 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 have either recently completed a terminal master's degree or be currently enrolled in a master's or doctoral program to be considered.
- Candidates must not be living, working or studying in Mexico during application and selection process.
- Candidates with a valid Tarjeta de Residente (temporal or permanente) are not eligible to apply.
Accepted Degree Levels
Special Application Instructions
In your Fulbright online application, for Award Name, please select 'Public Policy Initiative' from the drop-down menu.
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 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
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 internship organizations 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.
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 "Reconsider Travel" advisory may be approved on an exceptional basis. Any exceptional permissions may be re-evaluated if conditions change significantly before or during the grant. For more information review the Mexico Travel Advisory.