Professional Development
Capacity Building

Fulbright Specialist Program

Program Description

This program is designed for Mexican institutions who wish to apply in order to host a US Fulbright Specialist for a period of between two and six weeks.

This program was developed to provide short-term Fulbright grants of two to six weeks to qualified U.S. scholars. The program goals are to increase the number of U.S. scholars in Fulbright academic exchanges and to promote increased connections between U.S. and Mexican universities or institutions.

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.

Grant Activity

Fulbright Senior Specialist activities will be designed to provide U.S. faculty and professionals with opportunities to collaborate with professional counterparts on curriculum and faculty development, institutional planning and a variety of other activities. For example, in the grant period of two to six weeks, specialists may:

• Conduct needs assessments & surveys.

• Take part in specialized academic programs or conferences in conjunction with other activities.

• Consult with administrators and instructors of post-secondary institutions on faculty development.

• Present lectures at graduate and undergraduate levels.

• Lead seminars or workshops at overseas academic institutions.

• Develop and/or assess academic curricula or educational materials.

• Conduct teacher-training programs at the university level.

Note: Research is not funded via the Fulbright Senior Specialists Program.

Fields of Study

American (U.S.) Studies
Biology Education
Business Administration
Chemistry Education
Communications and Journalism
Computer Science and Information Technology Economics
Engineering Education
Environmental Science
Library Science
Math Education Peace and Conflict Resolution Studies
Physics Education
Political Science
Public Administration
Public/Global Health
Social Work
Urban Planning


Fluent Spanish.

Degree of Studies
A Ph.D. is preferred, or the equivalent professional/terminal degree at the time of application, in addition to a minimum of five years of teaching or professional experience in the field in which you are applying.

For professionals and artists outside academe, recognized professional standing and substantial professional accomplishments plus a minimum of five years of professional experience in the field in which you are applying.

(Note: Senior Specialists work with colleagues at Mexican academic institutions. In the application, professionals and artists outside academe should highlight: 1) experience as a college/university teacher or trainer and/or 2) how their experience could benefit overseas academic institutions).

The Fulbright Senior Specialist Program differs from the traditional Fulbright Scholar competition in that the Council for International Exchange of Scholars (CIES) will build rosters of specialists in a variety of fields through an open application process. Applicants recommended by specialist peer review committees and approved by the J. William Fulbright Foreign Scholarship Board will become candidates for Fulbright Senior Specialist awards. As countries request Fulbright Senior Specialists through their local Fulbright Commission, candidates will be matched with appropriate programs. When a request is received, Fulbright Senior Specialist candidates will be contacted to ascertain their availability for final consideration.


If the project is approved, the Fulbright grant for the specialist will include a round-trip plane ticket (from the US to MX), plus $200 USD honorarium per working day. The Mexican host institution is responsible for paying for the lodging, meals, and local transportation for the specialist during the grant period (2 to 6 weeks).

Grant Information

Period of grant
From two to six weeks. Both the specialist and the Mexican host institution must allow at least three (3) months prior to the actual start date of the project for the confirmation process.

Application Deadline
Any interested specialist from the US must register on-line with CIES to become part of the official roster. Please see the web site for more details:

Interested candidates for the Fulbright Senior Specialist program in Mexico should contact COMEXUS (The Fulbright Office) to coordinate their proposals to work with Mexican universities / institutions.

Contact: Pedro Antonino

To be placed on the roster of approved specialists for this program, candidates must submit an application directly to CIES:

For more information, please contact:

1. Host Institution Eligibility

2. Host Institution Application to invite a Fulbright Specialist

3. Eligibility for becoming a Fulbright Specialist

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