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Foreign Government Awards Program - Mexico

Competition: Closed for 2014

Who Applies: Canadian students and researchers

Description: Scholarships are available to Canadians for study or research at the Bachelor, Master's, Doctoral or Postdoctoral level in Mexico.


The Government of Mexico, through Mexico’s Ministry of Foreign Affairs, offers scholarships for study or research at the undergraduate, Master’s, PhD, or Postdoctoral level. Canadians must apply to one of the institutions listed on Mexico’s Ministry of Foreign Affairs Scholarship Program for Foreigners website (Spanish only).

Candidates who do not meet Spanish language requirements will be eligible for six months of Spanish language training before the start of their graduate courses. It is important to note that the language training is not offered to students under the short-term exchanges (also referred to as mobility scholarships). This language training will be provided at the Centro de Enseñanza para Extranjeros (CEPE) of the Universidad Nacional Autónoma de México (UNAM) in Mexico City. This language training is subject to a letter of acceptance for graduate studies by a post-secondary institution listed on the Ministry of Foreign Affairs Scholarship Program for Foreigners website (Spanish only).

Scholarship Value

The award includes:

  • tuition and registration fees for the academic program as mentioned in each institution description;
  • tuition fees and accommodation for a six month language course (when applicable);
  • monthly living allowance of:
    • $ 7,771 MXN pesos for specializations, mobility scholarships, Master’s degrees, research at the Master’s level as well as for Spanish and Mexican culture courses; and
    • $ 9,714 MXN pesos for doctoral studies and research, postdoctoral fellowships, and for medical specializations as well as sub-specializations;
  • medical insurance from the Mexican Social Security Institute starting after three months;
  • transportation within Mexico to and from  the host institution (the mode of transportation will depend on the distance); and
  • airfare, by the most direct and economical route, in economy-class, from Canada to Mexico.

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

  • up to twelve months for specialization studies, Master’s studies, PhD studies and for graduate and postdoctoral research;
  • up to six months for mobility scholarships at the undergraduate and graduate levels;
  • up to two years for a Master's degree;
  • up to three years for a PhD degree; and
  • up to three years for medical specializations and sub-specializations.

Awards are tenable as of the start of the September 2014 academic year. This scholarship may not be extended.



  • must be Canadian citizens, permanently residing in Canada by the competition deadline;
  • must hold the degree required by the program for which the award is requested;
  • must have a minimum grade average of 8 on a 10 points scale (equivalent to a B grade); and
  • must already be accepted or enrolled in a program at one of the participating Mexican post-secondary institutions.

Terms and Conditions

The terms and conditions are as follows:

  • scholarships granted are subject to final acceptance by a post-secondary institution participating in the Ministry of Foreign Affairs Scholarship Program for Foreigners (Spanish only);
  • no changes (tenure, host institution, etc.) are permitted once the scholarship has been awarded and accepted by the applicant;
  • applicants applying for postdoctoral research must submit proof of a PhD degree;
  • this scholarship is non-transferable;
  • the duration of the scholarship cannot be extended;
  • a scholarship recipient must complete his/her degree program within the period covered by the scholarship; and
  • scholarships are not granted for joint Master’s or PhD programs, distance learning, or open education programs.


The deadline for the application is 11:59 p.m. EDT, October 31, 2013. Applications received late or incomplete will not be considered.

It is the responsibility of the applicant to ensure that supporting documents are submitted by the deadline. All required information must appear in the space provided. Supporting documents other than those specifically requested will not be accepted.


All applicants will be informed in October, by the scholarship administrator, of the status of their application. Candidates pre-selected by the Canadian Scholarship Selection Committee will have their application forwarded to Mexico’s Ministry of Foreign Affairs.

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 in January 2014.

Application Process

To be considered for a Foreign Government Award-Mexico program, applicants must complete and submit the online application form 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 application process. If applicants experience difficulty filling out or submitting the application form, applicants should send an email to:


  • must complete the online application form;
  • must enter data in the fields provided, following instructions for each item;
  • must, upon completion, verify the data prior to submission;
  • can obtain a hard copy for record keeping by printing the form using the print function in the browser prior to submitting; and
  • must click SUBMIT for the online application. A confirmation page and reference number will appear after submission.

Supporting Documents

The following documentation 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 post-secondary institution or a copy of correspondence (including email correspondence) confirming that the applicant has requested admission or will have access to the facilities needed to complete the proposed research project, if applicable.
  • Curriculum vitae: the curriculum vitae must not include photographs or any personal information such as a date of birth (maximum two pages).
  • Proof of registration for studies in progress: for the research fellowship and mobility scholarships, including courses being taken (if applicable).

The following documents must be sent by mail:

  • Proof of Canadian citizenship: copy of a birth certificate, citizenship card, or passport; a baptism certificate is not accepted as proof of Canadian citizenship.
  • Official transcripts: a transcript of all post-secondary studies to date (complete academic records including colleges and CÉGEPs) with the cumulative grade point average for each degree or certificate.
  • Degree: copy of the diploma for the highest degree obtained.
  • Government of Mexico's required supporting documents and application form as indicated on 2014 Mexican Government Scholarships for International Students (PDF 1.4 Mb).
  • Health certificate: recent medical health certificate translated into Spanish.
  • Photos: eight recent passport-size photographs (3 X 3 cm). The applicant’s full name and nationality must be written on the back of each photograph.
  • Letter of acceptance from the host institution in Mexico.
  • Language proficiency: proof of proficiency in Spanish (if applicable).

Letters of recommendation are not required.

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

All supporting documentation should be sent to the scholarship administrator at:

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

CBIE will not be able to acknowledge receipt by letter or by phone but all inquiries regarding this scholarship can be directed by email to:


All recommendations of the Canadian Scholarship Selection Committee and decisions made by the host country are final and are not open to appeal.

The Canadian Scholarship Selection Committee is not able to provide feedback to unsuccessful candidates.

Applications submitted directly to the Embassy of Mexico or to Mexico’s Ministry of Foreign Affairs will not be considered.

Documents submitted to the scholarship administrator will not be returned.

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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