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International Scholarships

Foreign Government Awards Program - Mexico

Competition: Closed for the 2015 academic year

Who Applies: Canadian students and researchers

Description: Scholarships are available to Canadians for study or research at the Master's, Doctoral or Postdoctoral level, including for medical specializations and sub-specializations, in Mexico.


The Government of Mexico, through Mexico’s Ministry of Foreign Affairs (SRE), offers scholarships for study or research at the Master’s, Ph.D. and Postdoctoral level or for medical specialization and sub-specialization. Canadians must apply to one of the participating post-secondary institutions (pdf, 85 kb) listed on Mexico’s website. Please note that each participating institution offers different academic programs within the scholarship program. Applicants must ensure that their field and level of study is offered at the institution selected. It is recommended that interested applicants also review the requirements at the institution of interest to them.

Scholarships are not offered for studies in business administration, plastic surgery, accounting, marketing, dentistry and advertising and related areas.

Applicants who do not meet Spanish language requirements may be eligible for up to six months (or half the period of the scholarship) of Spanish language training at an institution assigned by SRE to the scholarship recipient before the start of graduate courses. Language training is subject to a letter of acceptance for graduate studies by a participating post-secondary institution.


Scholarship Value

 The award includes:

  • a round trip, economy class airfare ticket for the scholarship recipient only, by the most direct and economical route between Canada and Mexico;
  • transportation within Mexico (the mode of transportation will depend on the distance);
  • tuition and registration fees for the academic program as established by each institution;
  • tuition fees and accommodation for a language course (where eligible) for up to six months or for half the length of the award a monthly living allowance of:
    • $ 7,479.60 MXN pesos for graduate mobility scholarships and studies and research at the Master’s level; or
    • $ 9,349.50 MXN pesos for research at the Ph.D. and Postdoctoral level and for medical specializations and sub-specializations; and
  • health insurance from the Mexican Social Security Institute starting after three months. 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.

Scholarship Duration

Scholarships are tenable starting September 2015.

The scholarship duration varies on the program and level of study:

  • six months to undertake a student exchange at the graduate level; and
  • 12 months to conduct studies or research at the master’s, Ph.D. or postdoctoral level. 


Applicants must:

  • be Canadian citizens, permanently residing in Canada by the competition deadline; Canadian citizens with Mexican nationality are not eligible; and
  • have completed the prerequisite degrees for the proposed program of study at the time of submitting an application.

Terms and Conditions

The terms and conditions are as follows:

  • scholarships granted are subject to final acceptance by a participating post-secondary institution (pdf, 85 kb);
  • no changes (tenure, host institution, etc.) are permitted once the scholarship has been awarded and accepted by the candidate;
  • the correct visa must be obtained from the appropriate Mexican consular office before traveling to Mexico;
  • candidates applying for postdoctoral research must submit proof of a PhD degree; and
  • this scholarship is non-transferable;


The deadline to submit an application is 11:59 p.m. EDT, October 31, 2014.

It is the responsibility of the applicant to ensure that all supporting documents are submitted by the deadline. Supporting documents other than those specifically requested will not be accepted.

An acknowledgement of receipt will not be provided.


All applicants will be contacted by the Government of Mexico regarding the status of their application.

Applicants must ensure that a permanent email address is included in the application.

Final Selection

The final selection of scholarship recipients is made by the host country. Notification will only be sent out to successful candidates.

None of the decisions related to the selectin process are subject to appeal.

Application Process

Applicants must contact the Embassy of Mexico in Ottawa for details on the application process and access to the Government of Mexico’s application form.


All decisions made by the Government of Mexico are final and are not open to appeal.

The final decision on the scholarships is made solely by the Government of Mexico.

These scholarships are subject to the availability of funding provided by the Government of Mexico.


The Canada-Mexico awards are based on reciprocal agreements between the Government of Canada and the Government of Mexico. Under this agreement, Mexico’s Ministry of Foreign Affairs Scholarship Program for Foreigners provides a minimum of 15 awards to Canadian citizens wishing to pursue studies or research in Mexico and includes the possibility of preliminary language training.


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