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International Scholarships

Foreign Government Awards Program - Mexico

Competition: Closed for the 2016-2017 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, PhD and Postdoctoral level or for medical specialization and sub-specialization. Canadians must apply to one of the participating post-secondary institutions (Spanish only) listed on Mexico’s Agencia Mexicana de Cooperación Internacional para el Desarrollo (Spanish only) 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 of research is offered at the institution selected. It is also recommended that applicants review the requirements of their institution of interest.

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 before the start of their study or research at an institution assigned by SRE. Language training is subject to a letter of acceptance 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 from Mexico City to the host institution and back, at the start and end of the scholarship, if studying outside Mexico City (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:
    • $ 8,412.00 MXN pesos for studies and research at the Master’s level; or
    • $ 10,515.00 MXN pesos for doctoral studies and research, medical specializations and subspecialisation research at the PhD and postdoctoral level, and postdoctoral fellowships; or
    • $ 8,412.00 MXN pesos for Spanish language or Mexican culture courses.
  • 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 their first three months in Mexico.

Scholarship Duration

Scholarships are tenable starting September 2016.

The scholarship begins with the first academic term (quarter, trimester, semester), after the student successfully completes the preparatory language courses, if required.

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

  • six months to undertake a student exchange at the graduate level; or
  • 12 months to conduct studies or research at the master’s, PhD or postdoctoral level; and
  • Spanish language training for up to half the period of the scholarship.


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 (Spanish only);
  • 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
  • the scholarship is non-transferable.


The deadline to submit an application is 11:59 p.m. EDT, September 21, 2015.

It is the responsibility of the applicant to ensure that all documents required by mail and email are received by the deadline. The scholarship administrator, the Canadian Bureau for International Education (CBIE), will not accept incomplete files. Supporting documents, other than the ones requested, will not be accepted.


All applicants will be contacted by CBIE in October 2015 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. The Government of Mexico will send a notification to successful candidates only.

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

Application Process

To be considered for the Foreign Government Award Program - Mexico, applicants must complete and submit the online application form of Foreign Affairs, Trade and Development Canada (DFATD), available on this website, and provide the supporting documents as requested.

Late or incomplete submissions will not be considered.


Applicants are encouraged to carefully read the instructions below before beginning the online form. If applicants experience difficulty filling out or submitting the form, they should send an email to

Applicants must:

  • complete the online form;
    • Individuals who do not have an account will first need to Register an account.
    • Under “For Canadians” section, applicants will need to go to “Foreign Government Awards – Mexico” and click on Apply Now.
  • enter data in the fields marked mandatory, following instructions for each item;
  • upload all required supporting documents;
  • upon completion, verify the data prior to submission;
  • print the form for their records using the print function in the browser; and
  • click SUBMIT to provide their form electronically to DFATD.

Applicants will receive a confirmation message and reference number by e-mail once their form is submitted.

NOTE: Applicants will have the possibility to save their application and complete it at a later time. Both saved and submitted applications will appear on the applicants’ profile homepage.

Supporting Documents

All supporting documentation may be submitted in English or in French, but pre-selected applicants will be required to provide English translations.

The following documents must be uploaded and attached to the online application form in one of the following formats: .pdf, .jpg, .doc, .docx, .txt or .gif. Each document must be smaller than 5 Mb in order for the application to upload successfully:

  • Certificate of admission: certificate of admission from the host institution or copy of correspondence testifying that the applicants have requested admission or will have access to the facilities needed to complete the proposed research project. Applicants can submit a contact letter from the host institution and continue later with the procedures and requirements of the host institution.
  • Proof of Canadian citizenship: copy of a birth certificate and passport (both copies must be included in the same file); a baptism certificate is not accepted as proof of Canadian citizenship.
  • Official transcripts: a transcript of all post-secondary studies to date with the cumulative grade point average for each degree or certificate. A GPA of 8/10 for the most recent degree is required. If on a different scale, submit its equivalent on a 0 to 10 scale.
  • Study or Research proposal: An essay describing the applicants’ study or research plan (maximum two pages).
  • Copy of the diploma for the highest degree obtained.

The following documents must be sent by mail or e-mail:

  • Curriculum vitae: the curriculum vitae (maximum 3 pages) must not include photographs or any personal information such as a date of birth (maximum four pages). The curriculum vitae must include teaching and research activities, recent publications, honors, awards and scholarships received as well as languages proficiency.
  • Letter of support: letter from the academic contact at the Mexican institution with his contact information (name of the institution, position, email, phone number) and the type of assistance that will be provided.
  • For mobility scholarships: a letter from the applicant’s institution agreeing to give academic credit for the classes or course of study that will be taken in Mexico.
  • For research grants: a copy of the academic document showing the applicant has finished or is currently enrolled in a Master’s or doctoral program.
  • Candidates already in Mexico must have a current immigration document, with a Temporary Resident Student Visa (card).
  • If Spanish is not the applicant’s native language, include certificate of an advanced level of proficiency in Spanish from a university or language center.
  • Original medical certificate of good health issued by a public or private institution no more than three months prior to submitting the documents. Independent health certificates will not be accepted.
  • Four recent original photographs (not digital), full face on a white background, 3cm x 3cm, with name and nationality noted on the back.

The documents above must be sent by email to or by mail to:

Canadian Bureau for International Education (CBIE)
Attn: Foreign Government Awards-Mexico
220 Laurier Avenue West, Suite 1550
Ottawa, Ontario
K1P 5Z9

All applications received by the deadline that meet the eligibility requirements will be forwarded to the Ministry of Foreign Affairs (SRE), Government of Mexico, through Mexico’s Embassy in Ottawa, where the final selection of scholarship recipients will be made. The final results will be communicated by January 2016.


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.


The Government of Mexico Scholarships for Canadians are based on reciprocal agreements between the Government of Canada and the Government of Mexico. Under these agreements, the Government of Mexico provides up to 27 awards annually to Canadian citizens wishing to pursue studies or to conduct research in Mexico with the possibility of preliminary Spanish language training.


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