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Arizona State University and CONACYT Doctoral Fellowships

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The Consejo Nacional de Ciencia y Tecnología (CONACYT) signed an agreement with Arizona State University in 2015 to accomplish two purposes:

  1. Provide up to 30 fellowships each year to Mexican students regularly admitted to and enrolled in PhD programs at ASU. CONACYT publishes every year a request for applications (RFA) (see details below). Individuals admitted to ASU doctoral programs apply for financial support to CONACYT headquarters or to CONACYT branches in various Mexican states. RFAs specify how to apply and identify the target disciplines/programs eligible for these fellowships.
  2. Support a visiting scholar program from Mexico and ASU.  Applications are open throughout the year.

We provide details below about the doctoral fellowships. We will provide additional information about the Visiting Scholars Program in the near future.


CONACYT Doctoral Fellowships FAQs

Terms of the agreement

  1. CONACYT will pay in state tuition, a living expenses stipend, and support for health insurance according to its established guidelines.
  2. ASU Units will offer supplemental support to cover the cost of health insurance.
  3. ASU Units will provide an annual stipend equal to CONACYT’s stipend.
  4. Student fees (registration, program, course, etc.) will be the responsibility of the student. ASU Units are urged to obtain resources to help students cover these expenses. 
  5. CONACYT and ASU will provide the aforementioned financial supports for a maximum of four years. More information about these terms and application procedures are presented in subsequent paragraphs.


ASU/CONACYT Fellowship eligibility

  1. What are the applicant eligibility criteria for the fellowship?
    1. Be admitted to an ASU Ph.D. program. Admission letter is required.
    2. Pass a language proficiency test (TOEFL = 550; IDT (79/80); IBT = 79-80 (internet version); IELTS = 6.5
    3. Mexican applicants admitted to ASU will need to apply for funding to CONACYT. See list of required materials for these applications at
    4. See application evaluation criteria at (see pp. 11-12):
  2. What disciplines or knowledge areas does the fellowship cover?
    1. Priority is given to disciplines in the hard and natural sciences—e.g., math, physics, chemistry, biology, earth sciences, engineering, environmental sciences, biotechnology, oceanography, health and life sciences, agricultural sciences, energy. Other disciplines are included in RFAs from CONACYT headquarters.
    2. See information at and from various Mexican states
    3. See RFAs at
  3. Does the fellowship exclusively target Ph.D. students or can other doctoral programs be included (e.g., Ed.D.; J.D.)?
    1. Only Ph.D. programs are supported by this fellowship program.


ASU/CONACYT Fellowship details

  1. What does the ASU/CONACYT fellowship cover for the students?
    1. CONACYT will pay
      1. in state tuition according to its established guidelines
      2. a living expense stipend ($1,100/month)
      3. annual support for health insurance ($715).
    2. Students will receive the monthly stipend and health insurance funding directly from CONACYT.
    3. ASU Units will offer:
      1.  supplemental support to cover the cost of health insurance (~$1400 per year)
      2. annual stipend equal to CONACYT’s stipend ($1100/month).
    4. Student fees (registration, program, course, etc.) will be the responsibility of the student. ASU Units are urged to assist students to cover these expenses. 
  2. What is the duration of the fellowship?
    1. CONACYT and ASU will provide the aforementioned financial supports for a maximum of four years. 
  3. How do the students pay tuition?
    1. ASU will bill CONACYT. Tuition will be paid directly to ASU.
  4. What is the application cycle?
    1. In 2017, RFAs for Ph.D. fellowships will be released on April 17 and will close on June 16.
  5. What is the application process?
    1. Applicants must be admitted to ASU before they apply for CONACYT funding.  CONACYT application requirements, procedures and materials are described at
    2. To expedite the process, applicants can start the CONACYT online application at the same time they prepare and submit the ASU application. Online CONACYT applications can be saved so that the ASU admission letter can be subsequently uploaded (when available) to complete the CONACYT application


Currently enrolled CONACYT students

  1. Do the students enrolled under the ASU/CONACYT Fellowship need to pay program fees? 
    1. Yes, any mandatory program fees plus any other university fees are the responsibility of the students.
  2. Are the CONACYT students eligible for RA/TA positions?
    1. The ASU admission letter should specify whether such positions will be awarded to applicants. CONACYT allows supported students to work up to 20 hours/week.
    2. Questions related to enrolled students that receive support from this fellowship program (including reporting requirements) must be directed to Samuel Manterola, Subdirector de Becas en el Extranjero at
  3. What are the students’ responsibilities for maintaining the fellowship?
    1. Renewal of CONACYT-ASU supports as specified in this agreement is contingent upon:
      1. Full time enrollment.
      2. Satisfactory progress toward the graduate degree.
      3. Maintenance of good academic (minimum GPA = 3.2) and disciplinary status.
      4. Compliance with all reporting requirements specified by CONACYT due every semester.
    2. Return to Mexico upon graduation for a minimum of two years per the J-1 visa requirements.
  4. Do the students need to be enrolled full-time?
    1. Yes.



  1. How can I recruit students for my doctoral programs supported by the ASU/CONACYT Fellowship?
    1. Track regularly the CONACYT RFAs (Convocatorias) at and to gather information about deadlines and priority areas and disciplines.
    2. Identify Mexican universities in which your Unit has partnerships and ongoing collaborative efforts through faculty projects and/or institutional agreements.
      1. Additional information about ASU activities, projects and initiatives in Mexico can be found at A list of several Mexican universities that have collaborated with ASU Units and faculty can be obtained from Peggy Reid.
    3. Communicate with Deans and Graduate program directors at the target Mexican institutions to coordinate recruitment efforts.
    4. Coordinate with ASU’s recruiters in Mexico from Enrollment Management and Services (EMS) to disseminate information about your Ph.D. programs.
      1. Contact Cesar Flores Marquez for more information about EMS recruitment supports. 
    5. Involve current CONACYT-supported doctoral students in your recruitment activities/events (e.g., webinars, etc.). Use networks at their respective Mexican universities to maximize the number of applications.
    6. Identify the Mexican states that publish RFAs (Convocatorias) every year to determine how your Unit’s resources and assets (e.g., faculty projects and contacts, institutional collaborations) could be mobilized to support your recruitment efforts in those states.
  2. Are there recruiting or promotional materials already available?
    1. Materials from CONACYT describing the fellowships are available from the ASU Graduate College.
    2. Units should use their own materials in recruitment efforts.


Visiting Scholars

Support a visiting scholar program from Mexico and ASU.

  1. Applications are open throughout the year.
  2. Visiting scholars from Mexico
    1. Mexican master’s students can visit ASU for up to six months to obtain research experience.
    2. Scholars will receive a living stipend and partial support for health insurance.
    3. Fees are the responsibility of the visiting scholar.
  3. Visiting scholars from ASU
    1. The ASU Graduate College may propose visiting scholars enrolled in Master’s (6 months) and Ph.D. (12 months) programs. The scholars must visit an accredited program to gain research experience in projects listed on the Programa Nacional de Posgrados de Calidad (PNPC) o National Graduate Program of Excellence certified by CONACYT.
    2. CONACYT will provide a stipend and a health service to all ASU scholars for the duration of the visit to Mexico.
    3. ASU scholars are responsible for tuition or fees required by the receiving Mexican institution.
    4. Visiting scholars are responsible for obtaining visas, permits, or approvals and complying with all Mexican immigration laws and regulations. 



Who are the contacts at ASU and in Mexico for general inquiries?

    1. Marcela Cruz Caballero, MS. Subdirectora de Asignación de Becas en el Extranjero. Tel: 55 5322-7700, ext. 1210.
    2. Xochitl Rodriguez, Subdirección de Asignacion de Becas en el Extranjero Tel. (55) 53 22 77 00, ext. 1208.
      1. Ms. Rodriguez coordinates the review of applicants for CONACYT funding that have been admitted to ASU Programs.
      2. Ms. Rodriguez communicates to the ASU Graduate College the list of applicants that receive these fellowships.
    3. Samuel Manterola, Subdirector de Asignación de Becas en el Extranjero. Tel. (55) 53 22 77 00 ext. 1248 3.
      1. Mr. Manterola is the lead contact for Mexican students supported by CONACYT currently enrolled at ASU
      2. Mr. Manterola leads the collection of student progress reports.
  2. ASU
    1. Alfredo J. Artiles, Dean of the Graduate College
    2. Katrina Roalson, Director of Fiscal Business Services, ASU Graduate College
    3. Paola Garcia, Office of University Affairs, Director, Mexico and Latin America Initiatives