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Mexican Government Scholarships;

On behalf of the Ministry of Foreign Affairs, the Mexican Agency for International Development Cooperation (AMEXCID) invites foreign citizens who are interested in studying for a specialization, master’s degree or doctorate, conducting graduate or postdoctoral research, or taking part in an undergraduate or graduate-level academic mobility program, to participate in the 2019 Mexican Government Scholarship Program for International Students.

The scholarships are offered to more than 180 countries through a series of bilateral conventions, multilateral programs and special agreements.

More than 70 Mexican institutions participate and all offer academic programs registered with the National Council for Science and Technology (CONACYT) as National Quality Graduate Programs.

These programs demonstrate the progress made by Mexico in the sciences and humanities.

By offering Mexican government scholarships for international students, Mexico strengthens its role as an actor with global responsibility and renews its commitment to cooperation programs that help create highly-skilled human capital.

The presence in Mexico of international students, academics and scientists helps build permanent bridges of dialogue that enrich the long-term foreign policy agenda through contributions of exceptional value for the country and its partners abroad.

In addition, the Mexican institutions and academic community benefit from the increased internationalization.


  • The scholarships for academic studies are offered to take complete programs for Specialization, Master’s or PhD Degrees, and Postgraduate Researches.

    Likewise, the offer includes academic mobility for Bachelor’s and Postgraduate Degree.

    On the other hand, the scholarships for special programs are offered Preferred to take short-term fellowships addressed to Visiting Professors, Researchers in Mexico’s issues, Media Contributors, Art Production Fellowships, etc.

  • Candidates cannot be living in Mexico at the time of application.

  • Except in special cases, scholarships cannot begin in November or December.

  • Requests for information and all scholarship applications must be submitted to the Mexican embassy or concurrent embassy of the applicant’s country or to the designated Mexican institution.

    Only applications that fulfill all of the requirements will be considered.

  • All documents and forms must be in Spanish or submitted with translations into Spanish.

  • Candidates will be informed of the results by the corresponding Mexican embassy or designated Mexican institution.

  • The scholarships are not transferable and cannot be deferred to future years.

    Scholarship Duration:

  • Undergraduate and graduate academic mobility programs- one academic term (quarter, trimester or semester)

  • Graduate research and postdoctoral fellowships-12 months (1 month minimum)

  • Specialization-1 year

  • Master’s degree- 2 Years

  • Doctorate- 3 years

  • Medical specialties and sub specialties- 3 Years

    Scholarship Benefits

  • Monthly stipend of 4 (four) times the value of the unit of Measure and Actualization (UMA) for Undergraduate mobility scholarships, Specializations, Master’s degrees or Master’s-level research, Spanish language or Mexican culture courses.

    During 2019, the stipend was calculated with the minimum salary in Mexico City and was equivalent of $9,604.80 pesos (approximately USD 529.77)

  • Monthly stipend of 5 (five) times the value of The Unit of Measure and Actualization (UMA) for Doctoral programs and Research periods, Postdoctoral fellowships and Medical specialities and subspecialties.

    During 2019, the stipend was calculated with the minimum salary in Mexico City and was equivalent of $12,066.00 Mexican pesos (approximately USD $665.52).

  • Monthly stipends are not divisible or partial. The Scholarships will be paid at the end of each month.

  • Registration fees and tuition, as established by the program at each institution ,subject to the final decision of the participating HEI, established in the letter of acceptance.

  • Health insurance from the Mexican Social Security Institute (IMSS), starting the third month of the scholarship.

    The Scholarship recipient must have health insurance that covers both major and minor medical expenses and provides international coverage for the first three months in mexico.

  • The cost of the temporary resident/student visa issuance, for stays longer than 180 days.
  • Depending on the reciprocity with the partner country, it will be included a round-trip international airfare at the beginning and/or satisfactory term of the scholarship.

    The air ticket will be purchased in economy class and will be considered the most convenient flight route for the Academic Exchange Office.

  • Should the recipient of the scholarship is pursuing studies outside Mexico City, transportation from Mexico City to the host institution and back will be provided, at the start and end of his/her academic activities.

    Important Notes:

    Candidates will be informed of the results by the corresponding Mexican embassy or designated Mexican institution.

    Mexico Scholarships are awarded for specialization studies, master’s degrees, doctorates, and medical specialties, postgraduate research and postdoctoral visits, visits for artistic creation and for visiting professors and experts, high-level lecture visits, professional internship programs for visiting professors and postgraduate mobility.

    Mexican Government Scholarships - Candidate Profiles

    Preference will be given to persons who:

  • Intend to take studies which focus on themes of priority for their country’s development.

  • Will work in areas of particular importance for the institutional development of their country.
  • Will take postgraduate studies that are registered in the Programa Nacional de Posgrados de Calidad (PNPC) (National Quality Postgraduate Program).
  • Will take postgraduate studies not available in their own countries.
  • Will take studies or conduct research at institutions located in states throughout the Mexican Republic.
  • Are professors or researchers at public higher education institutions and scientific research centers in their own countries.
  • Are government officials in charge of areas or programs of special interest to their countries.
  • Work on projects for human, social, or economic development that target marginalized groups or areas which are socially or economically depressed.

    Mexican Government Scholarships General Requirements

  • Submit candidature on the corresponding application form within the specified deadline.
  • Have the official proposal from the government of the candidate’s country
  • Have a Bachelor’s degree, Master’s degree or doctorate, depending on the type of studies for which they are requesting the scholarship or grant.
  • Have a minimum GPA of 8, on a scale of 1 to 10, and in the event of a different scale, they must submit the equivalent.
  • Have the academic acceptance of the receiving Mexican institution.
  • Return to their home countries upon termination of the scholarship and remain there for at least a time period similar to the duration of the scholarship in Mexico.

    Scholarship Benefits:

  • Enrollment and school fees, where applicable.
  • Monthly allowance
  • Medical insurance coverage from the Mexican Social Security Institute (IMSS), effective as of the third month of the scholarship, as long as scholarship grantees comply with the delivery of the documentation requested in due time and manner in order to proceed with their admission into the IMSS system.
  • At the beginning of the scholarship, transportation from Mexico City to the location of the academic institution where the grantee is to study, and transportation from there back to Mexico City upon termination of the scholarship.
  • International air travel costs

    For more information and application, visit: Mexican Government Scholarships

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