Call for Applications - Mexico Scholarships

Date Published: 
Wednesday, July 10, 2013

Under the framework of the bilateral cooperation programme between Mexico and Jamaica, and the initiatives of Cooperation offered by Mexico to the Caribbean Community (CARICOM), and the Association of Caribbean States (ACS), the Government of Mexico annually offers a comprehensive programme of scholarships to Jamaican nationals to undertake complete programmes of Specialization, master's or PhD degrees, and Postgraduate researches.

This modality of scholarship involves, for 2014, the participation of 71 Mexican public and private universities, located across the nation. Also, the programme includes a variety of disciplines and sciences, in practically all areas of knowledge, with special emphasis on studies of special importance to the Caribbean region such as Engineering, Health, Biotechnology, Genomics, Mechatronics, Nanotechnology, Environment, Spanish as a second language, Tourism and Natural Disasters.

This year, Jamaican students will be able to benefit from twenty (20) new scholarships; with five (5) being offered under the ACS Programme and fifteen (15) under the CARICOM Programme.

The Call will be open until August 26th of 2013 for beginning studies in 2014.



The benefits offered by the programme include:

  • Round trip transportation from the candidate’s country to Mexico (this is an exclusive offer for CARICOM and ACS candidates);
  • Registration and tuition;
  • Monthly stipend (About US$600 for Master degrees and US$750 for doctorates);
  • Health insurance during the time specified for every programme.
  • For candidates from the ACS and CARICOM region who are not proficient in the Spanish language, the Government of Mexico has included an intensive six months Spanish and Mexican Culture Course. (Candidates must consider that the Spanish course should be taken in 2014, 6 months before of the beginning of academic studies.

The maximum period for financing is:

  • 1 year for specialization programmes;
  • 2 years for masters;
  • 3 years for PhD’s;
  • 3 years for medicine specialization.



  • All applications must be presented at the Embassy of Mexico in Jamaica, located at the PCJ Building, 36 Trafalgar Road, New Kingston.
  • Application duly completed. Download
  • Bachelor, master or doctorate degree, according to the selected course. A minimum score of 8.0 in a scale 1 to 10, in the last grade obtained. (For a different grading system the equivalency chart must be presented).
  • Curriculum Vitae (2 pages maximum)
  • Copy of birth certificate
  • Copy of valid passport
  • Medical certificate (not older than 3 months and specifying whether the applicant suffers from infectious diseases )
  • Letter explaining the reasons for undertaking studies in Mexico and the way the applicant expects to apply the acquired knowledge upon his/her return in Jamaica.
  • Admission letter from the Mexican University or letter from the University stating that the candidate is in the process of obtaining acceptance.
  • 8 recent pictures (3cm x 3cm). Digital impressions will not be accepted. One of the pictures should be placed on the application format and the other 7 should be presented with name and nationality on the back.
  • All candidates must be endorsed by the Ministry of Foreign Affairs of Jamaica. Download
  • Proof of Spanish proficiency issued by a recognized institution. (Only for candidates not requiring the Spanish course).


Selection process:

Preference will be given to candidates who:

a) Select studies of special relevance for Jamaica’s development;

b) Select studies unavailable in Jamaica.

c) Undertake studies in places of Mexico different than Mexico City;

d) Are professors or researchers of public institutions of Jamaica;

e) Are public functionaries in charge of areas or programmes of special interest for Jamaica.

f) Have not benefitted from a Scholarship of the Government of Mexico in the past.

g) Prove academic excellence.


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The admission process with the Mexican university is independent of the Scholarship process. Students are invited to directly select and contact the Mexican institution and to begin as soon as possible the process for admission. The list of universities participating in this call may be consulted here

All applications must be presented no later than August 26, 2013.

The selected applicants will be announced on October, 2013. The selected students will receive a student visa to reside in Mexico during the corresponding time for studies.

Should students require guidance or further assistance, they may contact the cooperation department of the Embassy of Mexico at [email protected] or by telephone at 926-6891 or 929-8862.
Candidates are invited to like the Embassy on Facebook at Embassy of Mexico in Jamaica and to follow us in twitter at @EmbaMexJam



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