Grants For Scholars

Carlos Rico Award for North American Studies
Application deadline: September 15, 2022

Program Description

The Fulbright-Carlos Rico Award for North American Studies offers an unparalleled opportunity to conduct a research project in both Canada and Mexico. The aim of the award is to enhance collaboration between leading North American scholars working on projects concerning important issues facing the United States, Mexico and Canada. This award can be held at any university, government agency or research institution in Canada and Mexico.

Projects across a broad range of disciplinary and interdisciplinary focuses are welcome. However, it should be shown that the research focus promotes collaboration and adds value to the current body of research inherent in our trilateral relationship which is shaped by our shared borders, current events and common interests.

Projects may be include a variety of activities throughout the course of the grant period:

• engaging in collaborative research in grantee's area of specialization
• consulting on curriculum and capacity building
• engaging in program and faculty development
• conducting seminars and workshops for various academic and professional audiences

In addition to being a prestigious academic exchange program, the Fulbright Program is designed to expand and strengthen relationships between the people of the United States and citizens of other nations and to promote international understanding and cooperation. To support this mission, Fulbright Scholars will be asked to give public talks, mentor students, and otherwise engage with the host community, in addition to their primary research or teaching activities.

Eligibility & Requirements

• PhD required.
• This award is open to all levels of scholars 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.
• Candidates with a permanent resident card in Mexico are not eligible 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 at the time of application. Grantee must provide a letter of affiliation before grant start date
• Projects must be four to ten months and the time split evenly between Canada and Mexico. Grants can begin no earlier than August 1 and must end by June 30.

To apply for this award, please submit your application here:
Fulbright Carlos Rico Award for North American Studies, award #13447-MX US Scholar_Fulbright_Carlos Rico.

For further information please contact

Benefits in Mexico

• Monthly rate dependent on rank (see Rank stipends below)
• One time relocation award of $2,000 USD in first installment
• No international airfare included
• Dependent allowance included (see Dependent stipends below)
• Reimbursable donated materials up to $750 USD
• Airfare to attend Welcome Orientation or Midyear reunion at local rates
• $2,000 USD held against Final installment pending completion of grant obligations

For award benefits in Canada, please see:

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. Are 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 grant authorization documents can be issued.

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.

10. Can I reach out to other US Scholars to Mexico with further questions?
• Yes, please find a list of US Scholar alumni here.

Application deadline: September 15, 2022.

Shortlisted candidates will be interviewed by by Zoom or videoconference.

Final results announced in March 2023.

Projects must be four to ten months and the time split evenly between Canada and Mexico. Grants can begin no earlier than August 1 and must end by June 30.

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:
Contact: Pedro Antonino
Berlín 18 Piso 2 Colonia Juárez
C.P 06600 Mexico DF
+52 (55) 5592.2861


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