Mexican Government’s Merit Awards for International Students 2020

Deadline:  10 December 2020
Open to: foreign professionals
Scholarships: $10,274.00 Mexican pesos ( Bachelor and Master) ;  $12,842.50 Mexican pesos (for Doctoral programs and research stays)


Based on the Law for International Cooperation, and with the purpose of maintaining the position of Mexico as an actor with global responsibility, the Mexican Ministry of Foreign Affairs (SRE), through the Mexican Agency for International Development Cooperation (AMEXCID), calls for foreigners interested in conducting studies in Mexico. This call is open to citizens of more than 180 countries within the framework of various bilateral conventions, multilateral programs and special agreements. More than 100 Mexican Higher Education Institutions participate, all of them offering academic programs registered in the National Program of Quality Graduate Degrees (PNPC) of the National Council for Science and Technology (CONACYT). These programs demonstrate the advancements that the country has made in the fields of sciences and humanities.

To offer scholarships for the training of foreign professionals at Bachelor, Specialty, Specialization, Master's, Doctorate and Postgraduate Research levels, as well as student mobility programs for Undergraduate, Postgraduate, Specialties and Medical Subspecialties, in the form of training scholarships, in full-time taught or research programs in Mexico, with the purpose of strengthening the links of academic collaboration with partner countries; the training of human resources and the internationalization of Higher Education Institutions (HEIs).

Important Note:

  • Under no circumstances the maximum length of the scholarship will be extended. The scholarships of the SRE/AMEXCID are granted only for the maximum duration stated in this call, if the length of the studies exceeds the maximum duration of the scholarship, the student must cover all additional expenses.
  • Scholarships are not granted for direct Ph.D. programs (combined M.A. and Ph.D. programs), distance learning programs, open or online education.
  • The following academic programs are not eligible for scholarships: Business Administration, Plastic Surgery, Accounting, Marketing, Advertising and Publicity, Dentistry, and Odontology, as well as related fields.


  • Applicants who have already begun their studies in Mexico, in the HEIs and in the academic programs indicated in this Call, are eligible to participate in this Call. ​
  • Select a program on issues that are a priority for the development of 5 their country and of strategic interest to Mexico (priority will be given to academic programs related to the education, health, energy, environmental and/or telecommunications sectors).
  • Applicants must have achieved a minimum grade point average of eighty (80), on a scale of 0 to 100, or the equivalent, for the last academic degree received. Applications with a lower grade point average will not be considered.
  • Applicants must be accepted or currently enrolled in a program of the participating Mexican institutions in this Call.
  • AMEXCID will not receive any application directly from the applicants.!!!


  • Foreign diplomats accredited in Mexico or their relatives;
  • Foreign citizens with temporary or permanent residence in Mexico;
  • Foreign citizens that also hold the Mexican nationality;
  • No scholarships will be awarded for two or more people from the same family or spouses; 
  • Foreign citizens who hold a family reunification Mexican visa or aspire to obtain it.


  • For scholarships for undergraduate mobility; specializations; Master’s Degree or Master’s-level research; and courses of Spanish language and Mexican culture, a monthly stipend of 4 (four) times the monthly value of the Unit of Measure and Actualization (UMA); currently it equals $10,274.00 Mexican pesos. The Unit of Measure and Actualization (UMA) is subject to changes established by Law.
  • For Doctoral programs and research stays, Postdoctoral fellowships and Medical specialties and subspecialties, a monthly stipend of 5 (five) times the value of The Unit of Measure and Actualization (UMA); currently it equals $12,842.50 Mexican pesos. The Unit of Measure and Actualization (UMA) is subject to changes established by Law
  • Registration and tuition fees, as established by the program at each institution (see the academic programs offered by the participating HEIs), subject to the final decision of the participating HEI, established in the letter of acceptance.
  • When applicable, health insurance through the Mexican Institute of Social Security (IMSS), from the third month of the scholarship. The grantee must have health insurance that covers both major and minor medical expenses and provides international coverage for his/her first 2 (two) months in Mexico. A copy of the insurance policy must be provided upon arrival in Mexico City. If the grantee does not have international medical insurance, he/ she must cover the expenses related to and in case of any medical eventuality
  • The cost of issuance of the temporary resident/student visa, for stays longer than 180 days. The DIA will not be responsible for visas other than the grantee’s.
  • Depending on the reciprocity with the partner country, round-trip international airfare at the beginning and/or satisfactory term of the scholarship. The air ticket will be purchased in economy class and the Direction of Academic Exchange will select the most convenient flight route. Consult the list of countries whose Mexico has reciprocity with for this benefit.
  • For all the cases, the Direction of Academic Exchange will acquire the air ticket; any purchase made by the scholarship grantee will not be refunded.
  • Any change that the scholarship grantee wishes to make after the purchase of the ticket must be covered by him/her. 
  • It is the responsibility of the scholarship grantee to review the flight itinerary and arrive at the airport as required by the airline's guidelines, with a valid passport and the necessary visas to travel. It is the responsibility of the scholarship grantee to review the clauses established in the plane ticket regarding the maximum number and weight limit of the luggage.
  • For grantees studying outside of Mexico City, transportation to the host institution’s city and back to Mexico City upon the satisfactory conclusion of the academic activities is included.
  • Journeys of five hours or less will be done by ground transportation, as well as those to where there is no available route from Mexico City. Journeys of more than 5 hours and with available routes from Mexico City will be done by air transportation, for which the Direction of Academic Exchange will purchase the ticket. Any purchase made by the scholarship grantee will not be refunded.

Expenses not covered by the scholarship:

  • Transit visas
  • Costs related to obtaining the passport, or related expenses.
  • Travel expenses related to the trip to the nearest Mexican Embassy or Consulate, for the issuance of the visa
  • Academic costs (registration and tuition) when these are not provided by the academic institution or granted by SRE / AMEXCID.
  • Laboratories, workshops, language courses or other academic activity that is part of the curricula and is not covered by the academic institution.
  • Costs of incorporation and/or revalidation of studies.
  • In the event that the graduate study program requires a preparatory or induction course, it must be covered by the interested party, since the SRE/AMEXCID scholarship does not contemplate it. The scholarship will be granted as of the first academic period (quarter, semester, semester), after accreditation of the preparatory course
  • Installation or lodging expenses.
  • Transfer from the airport to the offices of the AMEXCID to formalize the documentation, of the / the grantee.
  • Registration to the National Registry of Foreigners.
  • The SRE / AMEXCID does not cover reimbursement for additional baggage, not established on the air ticket.
  • Expenses related to any transit visas needed for traveling to Mexico.
  • Expenses related to the printing of the thesis.
  • Expenses related to the obtaining of the Degree Diploma.
  • In the event that the thesis process exceeds the scholarship period, the SRE /AMEXCID will not grant an additional extension, so the associated expenses must be paid by the grantee,
  • Any other expense not indicated in the Commitments.


The application is made in a personal capacity and only one application per person will be accepted.

Applicants with more than one nationality may only submit one application. The nomination must come from the same country as the nationality chosen by the applicant to use while in Mexico

Applications for the scholarship will be accepted from July 22nd , 2019 and until September 27th, 2019, at 15:00 (Local Time in Mexico City). This deadline is non-extendable and no applications will be received extemporarily.  

All applications must comply with the provisions of this Call, including the documents referred to in it and the corresponding formats.

Applications must be submitted as follows:

Paper Applications:

  • Only applicants from Cuba, Saint Lucia, the Dominican Republic, Antigua and Barbuda, Trinidad and Tobago, Dominica, Barbados, Surinam, Guyana, Jamaica, Haiti, Nicaragua, Slovakia, Slovenia, Lithuania, Latvia, Turkey, Venezuela, New Zealand, the Palestine and the countries of the African continent may submit paper or online applications.
  • All paper applications, must be submitted to Mexican Embassy in the applicant’s country or at the concurrent Embassy.

Applicants from Bolivia, Chile, China and Colombia must submit paper applications: 

  • Applicants from Chile must submit their applications through the Department of Higher Education and Training of the Chilean Agency for International Development Cooperation (AGCID). 
  • Applicants from Colombia must submit their application through the Colombian Institute of Educational Credit and Technical Studies Abroad (ICETEX).
  • Applicants from Bolivia must submit their application through the Plurinational Public Management School of Bolivia (EGPP).
  • Applicants from the People's Republic of China must submit their application through the Chinese Scholarship Council.

Online Applications:

  • Applications must be submitted online through the Academic Cooperation Management System (SIGCA) (, during the duration of the Call.
  • The System will receive applications from July 22nd, 2019 and until September 27th. 2019 at 15:00 (Local Time in Mexico City). The required documents should be submitted as indicated by the System.

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