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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, will hold a bachelor’s degree by the award start date, and do not have a PhD degree, then you are eligible to apply. 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.

The Getting Started page will provide information on eligibility and 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. 

FPA

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 CIES.

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 or Student Program.

Mexico

2 Fulbright/COMEXUS Public Policy Initiative Awards

Accepted Degree Levels
Master's
Doctoral
Grant Period
Fall Start
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
Fall Start

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 2022, organized by COMEXUS. Attendance at the orientation is mandatory for all grantees, regardless of program start date.

Orientation
In-Country Orientation

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.

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

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 have recently completed a terminal master's degree or 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
Letter required 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.

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.

Affiliation Fees/Tuition
Housing Arrangements

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.

Eligibility

Dual citizens of this country are eligible

Residency in host country not permitted in year prior to grant

  • 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.

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.

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 with COMEXUS in February 2022.

Dependents
Dependent support is available
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