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Juliana Leticia Moreno
Sep 28, 2010

Public Policy Initiative-Fullbright

Sep 28, 2010 by Juliana Leticia Moreno

Program Description:

Pursuant to the Commission’s interest in public policy, COMEXUS will fund three grants specifically for students conducting fieldwork or research in the areas of public administration or public policy. Candidates at all degree levels (undergraduate, master’s and doctoral) will be considered.

Fields of Study:

Public Policy, Public Administration and related areas.

Requirements: Language:
Fluent Spanish is strongly recommended. Fulbright Language Report is required.

Degree: Candidates must hold a minimum of a B.S./B.A. degree. Graduating seniors at the time of application must include final transcripts once available indicating completion of the degree program. Applicants with a master’s degree, doctoral degree candidates and young professionals are also eligible.

Affiliation: Applicants should secure a letter of affiliation from an academic institution, preferably a Mexican university or research institution. Those applicants who are selected as grantees and still lack confirmation from an appropriate Mexican host university or institution may be assisted by the Commission in identifying and negotiating an affiliation with a Mexican academic institution.

Benefits: Maintenance: A monthly housing and subsistence allowance from $1,200 to $1,400 depending on the location in Mexico where the Grantee will work.

Travel and Relocation: One round-trip international air ticket for the grantee only, plus a one time settling in allowance of $200. Grantees who opt to drive to Mexico will receive a flat sum of $800 for round-trip driving expenses.

Medical Insurance: Limited health coverage provided.

Other Benefits: A one time allowance of $500 for research and educational materials.

Dependents: Additional dependent allowances of $150 per month for one dependent and $250 per month for two or more dependents.

*Allowance levels are subject to change at the discretion of the Commission. All payments are in U.S. dollars unless requested otherwise.

Visa Requirements: For all awards, grantees must have an FM-3 visa before entering the country under a Fulbright-Garcia Robles scholarship. The Commission will process the FM-3 visa for the grantees and their dependents prior to their arrival in Mexico. Those candidates possessing dual U.S. and Mexican nationality are required by Mexican law to enter Mexico on their Mexican passport and will not receive an FM-3 visa.

The issuance of all visas is the responsibility of the Instituto Nacional de Migración and the Commission has no control over the timeframe of this process.

Grant Information:

Starting Date: September 2011/January 2012 (start dates should correspond with standard academic semesters).

Period of Grant: 9 months (September through May is preferred).
Application Deadline: IIE online application deadline is October 18th, 2010. If currently enrolled, and applying through your home university, campus deadline may vary. This deadline may be up to six to eight weeks prior to the general Fulbright application deadline.
Application must be submitted through IIE or the applicant’s U.S. college or university. More information can be obtained by visiting or contacting IIE Program Manager, Jody Dudderar, (212) 984-5565,

To be considered you must refer to this award in your Statement of Proposed Study and list it on the front cover of the IIE application, Special Program section: “Mexico/Public Policy Initiative.”

Selection Process: First round selections take place through IIE in New York during November/December 2010. Final stage selections are held at COMEXUS in Mexico City in February 2011. All final selections are contingent upon approval from the J. William Fulbright Foreign Scholarship Board.

Results: Final results will be announced March 2011.
Number of Grants Awarded: Up to 3.

Contact: Mtra. Esther Mendoza