Mexican Government Scholarships for International Students

Deadline: 31 August 2015
Open to: international students holding Bachelor’s, Master’s, or PhD Degree
Scholarship: ranges from 8412 Mexican pesos (equivalent to 507 €) to 10 515 Mexican pesos (equivalent to 634 €) per month


For decades, the Mexican cultural diplomacy has worked in different successful programs, such as the human capital training through scholarships for academic degrees awarding and research work performing in different areas of knowledge. The Directorate-General for Educational and Cultural Cooperation, through the Academic Exchange Department, designs and manages the Ministry of Foreign Affairs´ Scholarship Program for Foreigners. These scholarships are awarded to study any one of the courses available at participating Mexican institutions except Business administration, marketing, plastic surgery, accounting, dentistry and advertising. Following scholarships are offered:

  • Specialization Studies, Master´s and PhD Degrees;
  • Medical Specializations;
  • Postgraduate Research;
  • Postdoctoral Fellowships;
  • Bachelor´s Degree and Postgraduate Mobility;
  • Art Production Fellowships;
  • High-level Conferences;
  • Fellowships for Mexicanologists;
  • Media Contributors Fellowships;
  • Fellowships for visiting professors;


Applicants must meet following requirements:

  • Bachelor’s, Master’s or PhD degree, as required by the program for which the scholarship is requested;
  • Be accepted to or currently enrolled in a program at one of the participating Mexican institutions. Check HERE;
  • Be a citizen of one of the eligible countries. See list HERE;
  • Minimum grade point average of eight (8.0) on a scale from zero (0.0) to ten (10), or the equivalent, for the last academic degree received;


The scholarship varies depending on the specific program:

  • Monthly stipend of 4 times the minimum salary in Mexico City for undergraduate mobility scholarships, specializations, master’s degrees or master’s-level research, Spanish language or Mexican culture courses, currently the equivalent of $8,412.00 pesos (approximately 507 €);
  • Monthly stipend of 5 times the minimum salary in Mexico City for doctoral studies and research, postdoctoral fellowships and medical specializations and subspecializations, currently the equivalent of $10,515.00 pesos (approximately 634 €);

The scholarship also covers:

  • Registration fees and tuition, as established by the program at each institution;
  • Health insurance from the Mexican Social Security Institute (IMSS), starting in 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);
  • Round-trip international airfare at the beginning and end of the scholarship
  • Transportation from Mexico City to the host institution and back at the start and end of the scholarship, if studying outside of Mexico City;

How to apply?

The deadline for applications is 31 August 2015. The applicant must submit the following documents (if they are in any language other than Spanish must be accompanied by a Spanish translation)

  • Official nomination of his/her government;
  • Application form;
  • An explanation of why the applicant is interested in studying or conducting research in Mexico;
  • Curriculum vitae (maximum of 3 pages);
  • Acceptance letter from the Mexican host institution, signed by the responsible party (Director of the International Affairs Office, Director of Academic Exchanges, Head of the Graduate Studies Department, Graduate Studies Coordinator, etc.), stating the length of the studies with the start and end dates and the type of studies. 2 For research, the acceptance letter should also state that the candidate will receive the mentoring needed for the research project and, if possible, the name of the adviser;
  • Coy of the diploma for the highest degree received;
  • Copy of the transcript for the last degree received showing a minimum grade point average (GPA) of 8/10. If a different scale is used, the equivalent on a 10-point scale must be submitted;
  • 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;
  • Copy of birth certificate;
  • Copy of passport;
  • Medical certificate of good health in the original issued by a public or private institution no more than three months prior to submitting the documents. Independent health certificates will not be accepted;
  • 4 recent original photographs (not digital), full face on a white background, 3cm x 3cm, with name and nationality noted on the back;

The entire scholarship application process must be done at the Mexican embassy in the applicant’s country or at the concurrent embassy.

For more information please check the official website.

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