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Foreign Government Awards Program - Mexico

Competition: Open for the 2018-2019 academic year

Deadline: October 27, 2017

Who Applies: Canadian students and researchers

Description: The Government of Mexico is offering scholarships to Canadians for study or research at the Undergraduate, Master's, Doctoral or Postdoctoral level in Mexico.

Guidelines

The Ministry of Foreign Affairs (SRE) of Mexico, through the Agencia Mexicana de Cooperación Internacional para el Desarrollo (AMEXCID), offers scholarships to Canadians who wish to participate in an exchange for:

  • one academic term at the undergraduate or graduate level;
  • up to twelve months for graduate-level research and postdoctoral fellowships;
  • one-year specializations;
  • two-year scholarships for Master’s degrees; and
  • three or four-year scholarships for Doctorates, including medical specializations and sub-specializations.

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 website. Please note that each participating institution offers different academic programs within the scholarship program. Applicants must ensure that their institution of choice offers scholarships in their field and level of study or research. Applicants must review the requirements of their institution of interest.

Applicants who do not meet Spanish language requirements may be eligible for language training for up to six months (or half the period of the scholarship) 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 purchased by the Mexican Academic Exchange Office;
  • 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 paid at the end of each month of:
    • $ 9,604.80 MXN pesos for undergraduate mobility programs, specializations or for studies and research at the Master’s level; or
    • $ 12,006.00 MXN pesos for doctoral studies and research, medical specializations and sub-specialization research at the PhD and postdoctoral level, and postdoctoral fellowships; or
    • $ 9,604.80 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; and
  • the cost of the temporary resident/student visa issuance, for stays longer than 180 days.

Scholarship Duration

Scholarships must begin between March 1, 2018 and December 5, 2018, which is the deadline to start academic studies.

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 depending on the program and level of study:

  • three to six months to undertake a student exchange at the undergraduate or graduate level;
  • one to 12 months to conduct studies or research at the Master’s, PhD or postdoctoral level;
  • up to one year for a specialization;
  • up to two years for a Master’s degree;
  • up to four years for a doctorate, based on the length of the program;
  • up to three years for a medical specialization and sub-specialization; and
  • Spanish language training before the beginning of the studies or the research, for up to half the period of the scholarship, or a maximum of six months.

Eligibility

Applicants must:

  • be Canadian citizens. Canadian citizens with Mexican nationality or with a permanent residence in Mexico are not eligible;
  • have completed the prerequisite degrees for the proposed program of study at the time of submitting an application, and obtained a minimum grade point average (GPA) of 80/100 for the last degree received; and
  • be accepted or currently enrolled in a program of the participating post-secondary Mexican institutions (Spanish only).

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 scholarship is non-transferable;
  • scholarship recipients must obtain a visa for their studies or research (study permit - temporary resident visa) from the Mexican consular office that serves their place of residency in Canada before traveling to Mexico;
  • candidates applying for postdoctoral research must submit proof of a PhD degree;
  • scholarships are not offered for studies in business administration, plastic surgery, accounting, marketing, advertising, dentistry, odontology and related fields;
  • there is no extension to the scholarship period initially granted. All expenses after the end of the scholarship must be paid by the student;
  • the scholarship is not retroactive. Any expenses incurred before the scholarship is awarded are not covered; and
  • candidates already studying in Mexico at a higher education institution and in an academic program included in the scholarship program list may apply for a scholarship.

Any questions?

All inquiries regarding this scholarship should be directed to: admin-scholarships-bourses@cbie.ca or 613-237-4820.

Deadline

The deadline to submit the Department of Foreign Affairs, Trade and Development (DFATD) online application form is 11:59 p.m. EDT, October 27, 2017.

Applications received late or incomplete will not be considered.

It is the responsibility of the applicant to ensure that any documents sent by mail are received by the deadline. Supporting documents, other than the ones requested, will not be accepted.

An acknowledgement of receipt will not be provided. It is strongly recommended that the applicant collect all the required supporting documents in sealed envelopes and send them to the Embassy of Mexico in Canada in one package by a method that provides confirmation of its delivery, such as a courier service or registered mail.

Notification

All applicants will be contacted by January 2018 regarding the status of their application.

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

Final selection

The final selection of scholarship recipients is made by the Mexican Government. The Government of Mexico will send a notification to successful candidates.

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

Once the scholarship has been awarded and before traveling to Mexico, the scholarship recipients must present themselves at the Mexican Embassy (consular section) or the Mexican consulate to obtain the visa that corresponds to their legal status while in Mexico.

Application Process

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

Late or incomplete submissions will not be considered.

Instructions

Applicants are encouraged to carefully read the instructions below before beginning the online form. Further information is available on the International Scholarships Canada Application Tool Help webpages.

If applicants experience difficulty filling out or submitting the form, they should send an email to admin-scholarships-bourses@cbie.ca.

Applicants must:

  • complete the online form;
    • Individuals who do not have an account will first need to Register an account.
    • Under the “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 email 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 expected to provide Spanish translations to the Government of Mexico (certified translations will not be necessary).

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 the most recent post-secondary studies with the cumulative grade point average. A GPA of 80/100 is required. If on a different scale, submit its equivalent on a 0 to 100 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. For the undergraduate mobility program, an academic transcript of the last term stamped or signed by the home institution is required.

The following documents must be sent by mail in the order listed below to:

The Embassy of Mexico in Canada
Attn: Cultural Section (Education) – Mexican Government Scholarships for International Students
45 O’Connor Street, Suite 1000
Ottawa, Ontario
K1P 1A4

  • Government of Mexico application form (PDF, 1.04 MB) (Spanish only): the official Scholarships for International Students application form of the Government of Mexico duly completed, signed and including a digital photograph.
  • Statement of purpose: a document indicating the reasons for which the applicant is interested in studying or conducting research in Mexico (maximum two pages).
  • Curriculum vitae: the curriculum vitae must not include photographs or any personal information such as a date of birth (maximum three pages). The curriculum vitae must include teaching and research activities, recent publications, honors, awards and scholarships received as well as languages proficiency.
  • Affidavit of assurance to return to Canada (PDF, 149 KB) (Spanish only): the affidavit must be completed and signed by the applicant.
  • Letter of support or acceptance letter: a signed letter from the academic contact at the Mexican institution with his contact information (name of the institution, position, email, phone number) and stating the length of the studies with the start and end dates, and the type of studies. For research, the acceptance letter should state the name of the advisor and the type of support and mentoring that will be provided.
  • Copy of the diploma: for the highest degree obtained. For the undergraduate mobility program, an academic transcript of the last term stamped or signed by the home institution is required.
  • Copy of transcripts: a transcript of the most recent post-secondary studies with the cumulative grade point average. A GPA of 80/100 is required. If on a different scale, submit its equivalent on a 0 to 100 scale.
  • 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.
  • Proof of Canadian citizenship: copy of a birth certificate and passport; a baptism certificate is not accepted as proof of Canadian citizenship.
  • 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.
  • Letter of acceptance of the General Terms and Conditions of the program (PDF, 196 KB) (Spanish only): with the candidate’s handwritten signature.
  • 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 a certificate of an advanced level of proficiency in Spanish from a university or language center. For research grants in a language different from Spanish, it is mandatory to submit an official communication from the host institution, stating the commitment to provide tutoring in a different language, specifying the language and the name of the tutor.

It is strongly recommended that the applicant collect all the required supporting documents in sealed envelopes and send them to the Embassy of Mexico in Canada in one package by a method that provides confirmation of its delivery, such as a courier service or registered mail.

For additional information regarding the supporting documents, consult the 2018 Call of the Mexican Government Scholarships for International Students (PDF, 3.08 MB).

Selection Process

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 2018 by the Government of Mexico.

Applications will be evaluated based on the following criteria:

  • academic excellence of the candidate in the intended area of study;
  • the intended field of study or specialization in Mexico is related to the applicant’s academic and job history;
  • the area of study is important to and has a direct impact on the development of the applicant’s country; and
  • the program must relate to specific current or approved projects that have an impact on the development of the applicant’s country.

Preference will be given to applicants who:

  • have not previously received a scholarship from the Mexican Government;
  • select a program in areas that are a priority for the development of their country and of strategic interest for Mexico (education, energy, environment and telecommunications);
  • apply for academic programs or research not available in their country;
  • study or do research at institutions located outside of Mexico City’s metropolitan area;
  • hold faculty or research positions at public universities and scientific research centers in their country; and
  • are public officials in charge of areas or programs of special interest for their country.

Conditions

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 Agencia Mexicana de Cooperación Internacional para el Desarrollo (AMEXCID).

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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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Date Modified:
2017-09-05