Grants For Scholars

Border Program
Application deadline: September 16, 2019

Program Description

Teaching, Research or Teaching & Research: This award allows scholars at all levels to teach at a qualified Mexican university, engage in research or both, in any discipline relevant to U.S. - Mexico border relations.

As this grant is focused on US - Mexico relations, applications are limited to scholars from and conducting grant functions in border states. Eligible U.S. states are: Arizona, California, New Mexico, and Texas. Eligible Mexican locations are: Baja California del Norte, Chihuahua, Sonora, Nuevo León, and Saltillo, Coahuila (when in accordance with U.S. Dept. of State travel warning - See Security Policy below)

Grants are awarded in all disciplines except medicine, dentistry and veterinarian medicine where the project involves direct patient contact.

Projects in STEM fields or Public Health are considered priority areas of interest.

Eligibility & Requirements

• PhD or other terminal degree (such as MFA, JD or MD) required. Applicants must be affiliated with a U.S. university or research facility located in a U.S. - Mexico border state. Eligible states are California, Arizona, New Mexico and Texas.
• A letter of invitation from a qualified Mexican university, accredited institution or research facility located in a U.S. - Mexico border state (with the exception of Tamaulipas) is required. Eligible states are Baja California Norte, Sonora, Chihuahua, Coahuila and Nuevo Leon (Locations must comply with U.S. Dept. of State Travel Warnings - see Security Policy below). Candidates can have affiliation letter pending at the time of application. Grantee must provide a letter of affiliation before grant start date. COMEXUS can assist with affiliation referrals as necessary.
• This award is open to scholars at all levels including early career.
• Candidates living, working or studying in Mexico are not eligible to apply.
• Candidates must have U.S. citizenship. Dual citizens are welcome to apply.
• Intermediate proficiency in Spanish is required. The level of Spanish language proficiency must be commensurate with the requirements of the project. Applicants must submit a language proficiency report.
• A letter of invitation from a qualified Mexican university, accredited institution or research facility is strongly preferred. Grantee must provide a letter of affiliation before grant start date. COMEXUS can assist with affiliation referrals as necessary.
• Projects must be three to nine months. Academic year grants are preferred. Nine months grants start in August or September. One semester grants must correspond to the host institution's academic calendar. All grants must be completed by June 30.

To apply for this award, please submit your application here:
Fulbright Scholar Border Program, award #9449-MX US Scholar Application_Fulbright_Border

For further information on the application please contact Carlos Saavedra (


• Monthly stipend of $1,300
• Reimbursable award for educational materials donated to host institution or research site

Security Policy

The commission follows the recommendations of both the Mexican government and the U.S. Embassy Travel Warnings when placing US Fulbright grantees in Mexico. This may mean that placement will be restricted in certain states or areas of Mexico depending upon these recommendations. See U.S. Department of State webpage for detailed information:


1. Do I need to speak Spanish fluently to be awarded this grant?
• Candidates will be interviewed in Spanish. Successful grantees will have a level of Spanish sufficient to carry out tasks proposed in the grant proposal.

2. UAre U.S. citizens who live or work in Mexico eligible to apply for the Fulbright-García Robles grant?
• No. U.S. citizens can live or work anywhere else in the world, but do not qualify for a grant to Mexico if they live or work in Mexico.

3. Are there rules on citizenship?
• No. All U.S. citizens, including naturalized and dual citizens, are eligible to apply.

4. Will my grant be reduced if I receive partial or full salary during a sabbatical?
• No. Sabbatical earnings are considered maintenance for a grantee´s U.S. expenses.

5. What if I have a simultaneous grant?
• If you receive another grant, your Fulbright-García Robles grant could be reduced if they duplicate benefits.

6. What if I don´t have a letter of affiliation at the time of application?
• You are not required to have an affiliation at the time of the application. However, you must present a letter of invitation (affiliation) before the start of your grant.
• COMEXUS may be able to assist with affiliations.

7. What are the grant benefits?
• There are a variety of U.S. Scholar programs which offer different benefits. Please see individual programs for specific grant benefits.

8. Can I defer the grant to the following year if necessary?
• No. Fulbright policies do not allow grant deferrals.

9. Can I make changes to my proposal before the grant starts?
• Substantially changes to grant projects cannot be made either before or during the grant. However, date changes may be approved with advance written notice, approval from the host institution, COMEXUS and ECA, and is dependent on funding availability.

Application deadline: September 16, 2019.

Shortlisted candidates will be interviewed by Skype in early 2020.

Final results announced in March 2020.

Start dates of awards correspond with academic semesters: August 1, September 1 or January 1, all awards must be completed by June 30, 2020.

All grants are a minimum of three months and a maximum of nine months.

The US-Mexico Commission for Educational & Cultural Exchange is the leading binational agency dedicated to promoting understanding between the United States and Mexico through educational exchange of academics and professionals who have demonstrated excellence in their field.

For additional details:
Berlín 18 Piso 2 Colonia Juárez
C.P 06600 Mexico DF
+52 (55) 5592.2861


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