Beasiswa Government of Mexico for Foreigner

Types of scholarships offered:

* Bachelor`s (*)
* Master`s
* Doctorate
* Specialty
* Medical Specialty
* Post-doctoral Visits
* Research Visits
* Artistic Visits
* Visiting Professors
* High-level Lecturers
* Spanish Language and Mexican Culture
(*) Only in the case of “special offers”.

AREAS OF STUDY
Scholarships are offered in all areas of knowledge except for odontology, plastic surgery, marketing, accounting, advertising, business administration and related areas. In the field of medicine, scholarships are awarded only in the areas established under the Ministry of Foreign Affairs-Ministry of Health Program.

HOST INSTITUTIONS
More than 90 specialized Mexican institutions recognized for their high academic level and teaching quality.

CANDIDATES
These scholarships are open to foreigners who are not currently residing in Mexico and who meet the following requirements:
* Academic excellence
* Working experience in the area of study applied for
* Nominated by their government
* Have a working commitment in their country at the end of the scholarship

REQUIREMENTS
* Meet the requirements stipulated in the Call for SRE Scholarships for Foreigners.
* Have completed High School and hold a Bachelor`s, Master`s or Doctorate degree, depending on the type of studies they intend to pursue.
* Have the academic acceptance of the receiving Mexican institution where they are to study.
* Have a minimum GPA of 8, on a scale of 1 to 10 (or equivalent).
* Return to their country of origin upon conclusion of the scholarship.

BENEFITS (*)
* Enrollment and school fees.
* Monthly allowance:
o 4 minimum D.F. (Federal District-Mexico City) wages for a Bachelor`s, Master`s, non-medical Specialty or Master`s research.
o 5 D.F. minimum wages for a Doctorate, doctoral research, postdoctoral visits, and medical specialties or subspecialties.
* Full coverage medical insurance from the Mexican Social Security Institute (IMSS), effective as of the third month of the scholarship.
* At the beginning of the scholarship, transportation from Mexico City to the city of the academic institution where the recipient is to study, and transportation from there back to Mexico City upon termination of the scholarship.
* International air travel, but only in the cases indicated in this Call.
(*) Any expenses not stipulated in the foregoing shall be payable by the scholarship grantee, including: costs involving printing of the thesis; tutorials, graduation and degree-procurement processing fees; study incorporation and validation fees; costs of registration in the National Register of Foreigners; visa renewal fees.

SCHOLARSHIP/GRANT BENEFITS
* FIRST ALLOWANCE
The first allowance will be paid to scholarship grantees at the end of the month of their arrival and in accordance with the annual schedule they will receive from their local Mexican Embassy before traveling to Mexico. Consequently, it is essential that recipients bring enough funds for living expenses for at least the first 30 days.

* PAYMENT OF ALLOWANCE
The monthly-allowance payment day is stipulated in the annual schedule. In accordance with said schedule, all scholarship grantees accredited with institutions in the metropolitan area (Mexico City) must go to sign the corresponding payroll list at the offices of the Directorate for Academic Exchange. Scholarship grantees studying in the interior of the Republic must send – via fax or e-mail – confirmation of receipt of their allowance payment. For said purpose and at the moment of being documented, they will be given a simple form prepared by the Directorate for Academic Exchange.

SELECTION PROCESS
Is divided into two stages:

* Preselection in the candidate`s country.
* Definitive selection by the related competent authorities in Mexico.

AWARDING OF THE SCHOLARSHIPS
Scholarships for the year 2008 will be granted by the SRE (Ministry of Foreign Affairs) through its General Directorate for Cultural Affairs and the grantees of said scholarships will be notified between November 15, 2007, and February 29, 2008. The results shall be delivered in writing at the corresponding Mexican Embassy.

FORMALITIES
* IMMIGRATION
Once candidates have received official written notification of the scholarship award, they must then proceed to process all the formalities stipulated before the corresponding Mexican Embassy or Consulate. Grantees must be documented as scholarship students with Immigration Form 3 (FM3 Subsection VII) – not as tourists. Scholarship grantees may not travel on diplomatic or official passports.

* TRAVEL TO MEXICO
If international air travel forms part of the scholarship benefits, the airline ticket will be arranged by the General Subdirectorate for Program Planning and Control of the General Directorate for Cultural Affairs and sent to the grantee`s country. The Mexican Embassy will inform the grantee of the ticket details. In the event international air travel is not included in the scholarship benefits, grantees must travel to Mexico at their own expense.

* ARRIVAL IN MEXICO
Upon arrival in Mexico City, scholarship grantees must report in person to the offices of the General Directorate for Cultural Affairs located at: Plaza Juárez N°20, Piso 4 (Fourth Floor), Col. Centro, 06010, México, D.F. between 09:00 and 13:30 hours to arrange the necessary formalities for their registration as SRE scholarship grantees.

* FINAL FORMALITIES
Upon completion of their studies, scholarship grantees must hand in to the Directorate for Academic Exchange of the General Directorate for Cultural Affairs a scanned copy of the cover sheet and an electronic version of their thesis – in the case of formal school studies and research students must hand in their final work. If applicable, they must also request the airline ticket to return to their native countries and must personally close out their account with the HSBC bank.

OBLIGATIONS OF SCHOLARSHIP RECIPIENTS
These can be found in the document entitled “Rules Applicable to Grantees of SRE Scholarships for Foreigners”, which grantees must sign at the moment of receiving the scholarship award and thereby promise to abide by the contents. Of the latter, the most important are to:
* Respect Mexican laws.
* Maintain a minimum grade point average of 8.5 in their studies.
* Provide the Directorate for Academic Exchange with periodic reports on their academic activities and/or research.
* Reside in Mexico for the duration of the scholarship.

Mexican Government scholarships are intended for nationals of other countries to benefit from the experience and knowledge acquired in our country. Nonetheless, they are also conceived as multiplying mechanisms insofar as scholarship grantees return to their native countries and pass on their experience. Hence, it is an essential requirement that grantees return to their homeland upon termination of their studies in Mexico.

APPLICATION FORMS
There are three types of application forms: Application Form “A”, which is used for all postgraduate and multilateral programs; Application Form “B”, used exclusively for Special Programs, with the exception of Professional Practice programs and the program for Asia, Pacific, Africa, and the Middle East; and Application Form “C”, which is used for Bachelor`s studies.

RECEPTION OF DOCUMENTS
Candidates` documentation must be presented in dossier form before the Mexican Embassy located in the candidates` country of origin or before the concurrent corresponding Embassy through the Ministry of Foreign Affairs and/or the local government Institution designated for said purpose (between February 15 and July 31, 2007). If candidates have not yet received academic acceptance at the time of submitting their dossiers, their candidature shall be received conditionally. Priority will be given to candidates whose dossiers are complete upon submission. Scholarship grantees may contact the persons responsible for their monitoring at the following telephone numbers and e-mail addresses:

Scholarship Grantees from South and Central America:
Tels. 5063 3000 exts. 5291 and 6320
E-mails: ecolin@sre.gob.mx or acamacho@sre.gob.mx or cxolalpa@sre.gob.mx

Scholarship Grantees from the Caribbean:
Tel. 5063 3000 exts. 5294 and 6303
E-mails: carmenta@sre.gob.mx or vestrada@sre.gob.mx

Scholarship Grantees from Europe and North America:
Tel. 5063 3000 exts. 5278, 6302 and 6305
E-mails: melizondo@sre.gob.mx or ehernandezd@sre.gob.mx or hhernandez@sre.gob.mx

Scholarship Grantees from APAMO
Tel. 5063 3000 exts. 5103 and 6312
E-mails: fgarciar@sre.gob.mx or sbaron@sre.gob.mx

Offices of the Directorate for Academic Exchange:
Plaza Juárez N°20, Piso 4 (Fourth Floor),
Col. Centro 06010, México, D.F.,
Tel: 9159 5274/75/76. Fax: 9159 5298
Internet webpage: http://www.becas.sre.gob.mx

MORE INFORMATIONS
for more details about this program go to: http://becas.sre.gob.mx/

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