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Monday, 21 June 2010

TWAS-CONACYT Postgraduate Fellowship Programme, Mexico

The National Council on Science and Technology (CONACYT), Mexico, and TWAS offer fellowships for scientists from developing countries (other than Mexico) who wish to obtain a PhD in the natural sciences.

Important: The following is additional information concerning the TWAS-CONACYT Postgraduate Fellowship Programme tenable in Mexico. It is an integral part of the information given here: TWAS Fellowships for Postgraduate Research.

Applicants should be aware that they can apply for only one fellowship per year. With the exception of the fellowships “for research collaboration”, all other fellowship programmes offered by TWAS and TWOWS that are mutually exclusive.

Programme Details
1. TWAS-CONACYT Postgraduate Fellowships are tenable at eligible institutions of higher education and research in Mexico for a period up to four years for studies leading to a PhD degree in the natural sciences and related fields.
2. The academic year in Mexico usually begins in August of each year. Candidates will enrol for their PhD at the host institution and must observe the academic calendar of the host institution and be ready to start their fellowship on the first day of classes/courses.
3. An Excel list of research institutions in Mexico where TWAS-CONACYT Fellowships are tenable is available for download here: Higher Education Institutions in Mexico.
4. Upon arrival in Mexico successful awardees will need to collaborate with the postgraduate co-ordinator of their host institution to complete a CONACYT-required application form.
5. CONACYT will provide a standard monthly allowance which should be used to cover living costs, such as accommodation and food.
6. CONACYT will also provide medical services through the social security agency ISSSTE (Instituto de Seguridad y Servicios Sociales de los Trabajadores del Estado).

Applicants for these Fellowships must meet the following criteria:
* Be a maximum age of 30 years on 31 December of the year of application.
* Be nationals of a developing country (other than Mexico).
* Hold a Master’s degree in a field of the natural sciences.
* Provide an official Acceptance Letter from the host institution (see sample Acceptance Letter in the application form which can be downloaded from the link at the bottom of the page under “related content”) and be willing to register for a PhD degree in the natural sciences at a Mexican institution of higher education. Only listed higher education institutions in Mexico-listed are eligible (see point 3 above).
* Prove knowledge of Spanish according to the requirements of each Postgraduate programme, if this language is not the candidate’s mother tongue. The applicant will be informed of these requirements on applying to the relevant postgraduate programme.

Submitting your application
* The deadline for receipt of applications is 1 July every year.
* Applicants should submit the acceptance letter from an eligible Mexican host institution to TWAS when applying or by the deadline at the latest. Without preliminary acceptance, the application will not be considered for selection.
* Reference letters: Referees must send signed letters as attachment via e-mail directly to TWAS. The subject line must contain: CONACYT/PG/the candidate’s surname. Alternatively, letters should be sent by post in sealed envelopes.
* Applicants to the TWAS-CONACYT Postgraduate Fellowship Programme should send their application only to TWAS.
* Applicants should be aware that they may apply for only one TWAS fellowship per year.

Application Form:
Click on the links below to download the application form and guidelines. Before applying it is recommended that you read very carefully the application guidelines for detailed information on eligibility criteria, deadlines and other key requirements of the application procedure.

*PG  Application Form
*PG Application Guidelines 

Contact Details

TWAS Fellowships Office

ICTP campus, Strada Costiera 11
34151 Trieste, Italy
Tel: +39 040 2240 314
Fax: +39 040 2240 689

For information purposes only:
CONACYT Fellowships Office
Insurgentes Sur 1582-1er. piso
Col. Crédito Constructor, Benito Juárez
Mexico, D.F., 03940 MEXICO
Tel.: +52 555 3228 149

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