Fulbright-García Robles U.S. Studies Chair
Number of recipients
In addition to being a prestigious academic exchange program, the Fulbright Program is designed to expand and strengthen relationships between the people of the United States and citizens of other nations and to promote international understanding and cooperation. To support this mission, Fulbright Scholars may be asked to give public talks, mentor students, and otherwise engage with the host community, in addition to their primary activities.
The Fulbright U.S. Studies Chair will teach up to three undergraduate and/or graduate courses in English in order to generate new knowledge about U.S. history, politics and other topics as well as build binational collaborations between U.S. and Mexican scholars and mentor Mexican students. One course may be substituted for graduate student advising.
This is a placed program. The candidate should not seek a letter of affiliation. The Fulbright Commission in Mexico (COMEXUS) will work with selected candidates and partnering Mexican universities to place grantees at the institution which is the best fit. The following universities are requesting a U.S. Studies Chair for the 2023-2024 academic cycle:
U.S. Studies Chair at the Instituto Tecnológico Autónomo de México (ITAM) Mexico City, Mexico
The Instituto Tecnológico Autónomo de México (ITAM) is a private university committed to academic excellence to promote the integral development of its members and contribute to a fairer, free and more prosperous society. The Department of International Studies—which includes the Asia-Pacific Studies Program (PEAP), the Center for Inter-American Studies and Programs (CEPI) and the Institute for European Integration Studies (IEIE)—aims to be at the heart of a continuing dialogue on relevant domestic and international topics to foster a better understanding of global dynamics. Placement at ITAM for the U.S. Studies Chair is only available for the fall 2023 semester.
U.S. Studies Chair at the Universidad Iberoamericana (la Ibero) Mexico City, Mexico
The Universidad Iberoamericana is one of Mexico’s top private educational institutions, widely known both in Mexico and abroad for the high quality of its study programs. La Ibero's underlying aim is to safeguard, disseminate and improve higher education by training the professionals, teachers, researchers and technicians our society needs. At present, it offers 34 bachelor’s-degree and 39 graduate-degree programs and over 200 certificate programs that provide training to companies, government institutions and individuals. Underpinned by the Jesuit educational tradition, which has flourished worldwide for close to five centuries, la Ibero blends science and humanism in all its academic endeavors.
U.S. Studies Chair at the Universidad Veracruzana (UV) Xalapa, Veracruz, Mexico
The Universidad Veracruzana currently has 27 Higher Education Units that encompass 74 faculties, 57 libraries, 24 research institutes, a museum, a language center, a free art school and a music institute distributed throughout five regions. The North American Studies Program is a multidisciplinary program aimed at both university students and the general public interested in knowing all about the United States of America, Mexico and Canada. The program is divided into five general study areas: political science, language and literature, history and geography, cultural studies and health sciences.
U.S. Studies Chair at the Universidad de Guadalajara (UDG) Guadalajara, Jalisco
UDG is a renowned higher education institution that currently has 15 campuses, one virtual university and 60 high schools. UDG is notable for being one of the most important and active Mexican Universities, with over 700 distinguished researchers in all areas of knowledge. Additionally, the university has a solid understanding of the legislation, norms and procedures to create, adapt and follow, in order to have simultaneous international programs running of almost any kind, especially graduate’s student mobility, academic mobility, staff mobility, research programs, internationalization at home or the internationalization of the curricula.
U.S. Studies Chair at the Universidad de las Américas Puebla (UDLAP), at Cholula, Puebla, Mexico
The UDLAP is a private and non-profit organization, nationally and internationally acknowledged not only for its academic quality and prestige but also for its unique campus and its modern facilities. UDLAP offers a wide variety of academic programs at the undergraduate and graduate level through five academic units called Schools (Arts and Humanities, Sciences, Engineering, Social Sciences, and Business and Economics) where the participants of the US. Studies Chair can easily find a field of knowledge compatible to their research. UDLAP highly values the participation of visiting faculty in research and teaching in graduate and undergraduate courses, where different points of view, culture and background are shared towards a global understanding.
Five months (one academic semester).
This is a one-semester grant, taking place August through December, or February through June, as determined by the university calendar and selected candidate. For the Instituto Tecnológico Autónomo de México (ITAM), placement is only available for the fall semester, while Universidad Veracruzana can only accept scholars available in the spring semester.
While applications are sought in all disciplines related to U.S. culture, U.S. society and U.S. politics, the following universities have determined their unique specific interests. Candidates are encouraged to be in touch with the universities below, in order to determine if your project meets the needs of any of these universities.
U.S. Studies Chair in Government, Politics and Foreign Policy at the Instituto Tecnológico Autónomo de México (ITAM): Subjects of particular interest for teaching at ITAM include U.S. foreign policy, U.S. government and politics, U.S. electoral process, U.S. national security policy, political science or U.S. natural resource management, policy and law.
U.S. Studies Chair in Politics, Economy and History at the Universidad Veracruzana: The Fulbright-García Robles U.S. Studies Chair grantee will be hosted by the North American Studies Program (Programa de Estudios del Norte - PEAN). Subjects of particular interest for teaching at the Universidad Veracruzana include U.S. government and politics, U.S. electoral process, political science, U.S. economy, U.S. geography U.S. history and social movements, as well as U.S. literature.
U.S. Studies Chair at Universidad de Guadalajara: The Fulbright-García Robles U.S. Studies Chair grantee will be hosted by the Center of North American Studies (Centro de Estudios sobre América del Norte) to teach a graduate course in order to generate new knowledge about U.S. history, politics and other topics as well as build bi-national collaborations between U.S. and Mexican scholars, and mentor Mexican students. UDG is interested in any topic that reveals unique aspects of U.S. culture, including but not limited to geography, politics, economics, social movements, and/or the United States' relationship with Mexico.
U.S. Studies Chair at Universidad de las Américas Puebla: The Fulbright-García Robles U.S. Studies Chair grantee will teach at least one graduate course in order to generate new knowledge about U.S. history, politics and other topics as well as build bi-national collaborations between U.S. and Mexican scholars, and be asked to mentor Mexican students. UDLAP is interested in any topic related to the United States and/or its relationship with Mexico.
U.S. Studies Chair at Universidad Iberoamericana: The Fulbright-García Robles U.S. Studies Chair grantee will be hosted by the Department of International Studies to teach a graduate course in order to generate new knowledge about U.S. foreign policy, U.S. government and politics, U.S. electoral process, U.S. national security policy (migration included), political science or U.S. natural resource management, policy and law, as well as build bi-national collaborations between U.S. and Mexican scholars, and mentor Mexican students.
Applicants should not seek a Letter of Invitation, however, applicants are encouraged to be in touch with the universities to determine if the proposed project meets the needs of any of the potential host universities.
Applicants should rank participating host institutions in order of preference in the project statement and on the application form.
Universidad de Guadalajara (UDG):
Dra. Dulce Alejandra Quirarte Mireles email@example.com
Instituto Tecnológico Autónomo de México (ITAM):
Dr. Isabel Flores Alcázar at firstname.lastname@example.org
Universidad Iberoamericana (UIA)
Dra. Valeria Marina Valle at email@example.com
Universidad Veracruzana (UV)
Dr. Daniel Romero León at firstname.lastname@example.org
Universidad de las Américas Puebla (UDLAP)
Juan Carlos Ley García at email@example.com
Teaching will be conducted in English. Intermediate proficiency in Spanish is recommended, but not required.
This is a one-semester professorship for highly qualified academics. Preferred candidates will have at least three years of experience in a full-time teaching position at both undergraduate and graduate-level courses. Applicants must be affiliated with a university or research institution in the United States at the time of application.
Recommended applicants will be invited by the Fulbright Commission in Mexico (COMEXUS) to be virtually interviewed in English by a panel of experts in late 2022 or early 2023.
Grantees will receive a fixed sum in the amount of US$20,000 to cover all the grant expenses ($4,000 per month). Unlike other Fulbright U.S. Scholar grants, the U.S. Studies Chair award does not include subsistence allowance, professional stipend, relocation allowance, or dependent allowance.
One round-trip airfare from the U.S. to Mexico, up to US$1,000 for grantee only.
No dependent allowance is included in this grant.
Dependents must accompany the grantee for at least 80% of the period abroad and a minimum of one semester in order to qualify for additional dependent benefits. Dependent benefits are not provided to Flex grantees.
The cost of living varies depending on where you are placed: Mexico City is one of the most expensive cities in Mexico. Veracruz is one of the least expensive. Summary about cost of living in Mexico City, Mexico: Rent for a comfortable apartment in a modest neighborhood can start at around $500 per month. Rent in a larger apartment in one of the nicer neighborhoods average around $1,200. Rent in Mexico City is, on average, 80% lower than in New York. A single person estimated monthly costs are approximately $550 USD not including rent. A family of four estimated monthly costs are approximately $1,800 USD not including rent. Summary about cost of living in Guadalajara, Jalisco: Rent for a comfortable apartment in a modest neighborhood can start at around $450 per month. Rent in a larger apartment in one of the nicer neighborhoods average around $900. Rent in Guadalajara is, on average, 20% lower than in Mexico City. A single person estimated monthly costs are $460 USD not including rent. A family of four estimated monthly costs are approximately $1,650 USD not including rent. Summary about cost of living in Puebla, Puebla: Rent for a comfortable apartment in a modest neighborhood can start at around $300 per month. Rent in a larger apartment in one of the nicer neighborhoods average around $800. Rent in Puebla is, on average, 53% lower than in Mexico City. A single person estimated monthly costs are $450 USD not including rent. A family of four estimated monthly costs are approximately $1,600 USD not including rent. Summary about cost of living in Xalapa, Veracruz: Rent for a comfortable apartment in a modest neighborhood can start at around $250 per month. Rent in a larger apartment in one of the nicer neighborhoods average around $500. Rent in Guadalajara is, on average, 65% lower than in Mexico City. A single person estimated monthly costs are $420 USD not including rent. A family of four estimated monthly costs are approximately $1,250 USD not including rent.
During their grant period, Fulbright U.S. Scholars in the Western Hemisphere (WHA) region may apply for a short-term regional travel grant for activities such as workshops, seminars, presentations, lectures, performances, exhibits, curricular advising and similar projects at institutions in eligible WHA countries. (Argentina, Bahamas, Barbados and Eastern Caribbean, Belize, Bolivia, Brazil, Canada, Chile, Colombia, Costa Rica, Dominican Republic, Ecuador, El Salvador, Guatemala, Guyana, Honduras, Jamaica, México, Panama, Paraguay, Peru, Suriname, Trinidad & Tobago and Uruguay).
The Regional Travel Program covers travel to and from the destination; lodging may be offered by the host institution. Scholars may only apply for this grant once they are in country on their Fulbright grant. Scholars who apply for the Flex award are ineligible for the Regional Travel Program. Additional information can be found on the Regional Travel Program website.
Please note that the Regional Travel Program is currently paused due to the COVID-19 pandemic. All eligible Scholars will be notified of its reopening, which is dependent on the status of the global health situation.
Final grant amounts will be determined prior to the start of the academic year and are subject to the availability of funds. The United States Department of State and the Fulbright Commission in the host country reserve the right to alter, without notice, participating countries, number of awards and allowances.
The close, dynamic relationship between the United States and Mexico offers a plethora of opportunities for scholars interested in conducting research or teaching at the university level on issues of relevance for both countries. Mexico is proud of its ancestral cultural heritage as well as its long history of academic excellence. The opportunities for informed travel and discovery for U.S. scholars are endless. Click here to view a list of U.S. Scholars to Mexico, and read more about Fulbright Scholar Alumni Ambassadors Melisa Cahnmann-Taylor and Brian Klopotek.
The site of major Amerindian civilizations - including the Olmec, Toltec, Teotihuacan, Zapotec, Maya, and Aztec, among others, and home to one of the most biodiverse environments, it is no wonder that - Mexico boasts the largest UNESCO world heritage in the American continent: 14 cities, 35 cultural and natural sites, as well as an important number of untangible patrimonies. Additionally, Mexico has designated 132 Pueblos Mágicos (Magical Towns), communities that over time have maintained their original architecture, traditions, history and culture, which enhance the richness of travel destinations.
Mexico was colonized by Spain in the early 16th century and achieved independence three centuries later. Elections held in 2000 marked the first time since the 1910 Mexican Revolution that an opposition candidate - Vicente Fox of the conservative Partido Acción Nacional (PAN) - defeated the party in government, the Partido Revolucionario Institucional (PRI). He was succeeded in 2006 by another PAN candidate Felipe Calderón, but Enrique Peña Nieto regained the presidency for the PRI in 2012. Left-leaning politician and former mayor of Mexico City (2000-05) Andrés Manuel López Obrador, from the Movimiento de Regeneración Nacional (MORENA), became president in December 2018. Presidents in Mexico cannot be reelected after their six-year term.
Education in Mexico has a long tradition. The Universidad Nacional Autónoma de México (UNAM), which started as Real y Pontificia Universidad de México (Royal and Pontifical University of Mexico) was founded in 1551 and is the second most ancient institution of higher education in the American Continent, after Lima, Peru. UNAM has been cited as one of the largest and most important universities, not only in Mexico but in all of Latin America. Its philosophy is closely tied to social responsibility, at the service of the country and humankind by educating academics and professionals to be of use to society, able to organize and carry out research on social and political issues that have vast cultural benefits. All three of Mexico’s Nobel Prize winners, Octavio Paz, Mario J. Molina and Alfonso García Robles were UNAM graduates.
There are six subsystems of higher education institutions in Mexico: public universities, technological institutes, technological universities, teacher training colleges, and other public and private institutions. When all of them are counted, Mexico has 1,250 institutions of higher education. Mexico’s 45 public universities, generate 50 percent of all academic research and produce 52 percent of undergraduates as well as 48 percent of graduate students. There are also one hundred and sixty-eight private universities to be found throughout the country.
There are a few very interesting and original public higher educational institutions unique to Mexico that have been studied and reproduced in other countries. This is the case of the Universidades Interculturales, specifically designed for bilingual and bicultural environments in regions with a strong indigenous presence. There is a world-renowned prestigious agricultural university, La Universidad Autonoma de Chapingo, that boards students from all over the country. The Escuelas Normales Rurales (teacher training in rural areas) are also exemplary educational institutions. All combined, the opportunities for U.S. Scholars to establish relationships with their Mexican counterparts are endless.
The education system is mostly centered in Mexico City, however, there are other important educational hubs that attract students from all over, for example, Puebla, Puebla; Xalapa, Veracruz; Leon and Guanajuato, Guanajuato; Guadalajara, Jalisco and Merida in the Yucatán peninsula.
COMEXUS, the U.S.-Mexico Commission for Educational and Cultural Exchange, manages all Fulbright grants in Mexico. Founded in 1990, COMEXUS has a demonstrated record of helping grantees get oriented in their new environment. Since 1992, the COMEXUS Board of Directors established that all of the Mexico-specific scholarships would be officially named “Fulbright-García Robles” in honor of Alfonso García Robles, Mexican Ambassador Emeritus and 1982 Nobel Peace Prize winner. Mexico also shares a multi-country grant with Canada, the Fulbright-Carlos Rico Award for North American Studies, which honors Ambassador Carlos Rico, who served as Mexican Undersecretary of Foreign Affairs for North America from 2006 to 2009. COMEXUS promotes the development of networks of individuals and institutions that stimulate research and teaching on important themes related to the binational agenda.
COMEXUS is particularly interested in projects addressing issues of relevance to U.S.-Mexico relations, including culture, economic integration, society and politics, migration, trade policy, ecological issues, human rights, education, public health, and border issues. While COMEXUS is currently particularly focused on research and teaching projects related to the STEM fields, they also have a long history of supporting projects in the arts (both performance and fine arts) that further dialogue and contact between U.S. and Mexican art communities.
Fulbright-García Robles awards are open to candidates at any academic or professional rank, in all disciplines with the exception of medicine, veterinary medicine, and dentistry. The fields of interest are non-exhaustive and applications from all disciplines are accepted. COMEXUS encourages applicants looking for postdoctoral research stays in Mexico.
Typically, academic semesters begin in August or September and/or January or February. Grant periods from three to nine months are accepted; nine-month academic-year grants are preferred. All grants are to be completed by the end of June. For grants over six months, grantees and accompanying dependents must obtain a visa authorization prior to entering Mexico, which is arranged by COMEXUS. Grantees with dual U.S. and Mexican nationality are eligible to apply and, although they are bounded by all laws pertaining to foreigners while in-country, they are required by Mexican law to enter Mexico on a Mexican passport. However, due to Mexican immigration regulations, U.S. citizens with permanent residency or a current work visa are not eligible to apply.
The Fulbright Commission in Mexico follows the recommendations of both the Mexican government and the U.S. Embassy when placing U.S. Fulbright grantees in Mexico. Placement may be restricted in certain states or areas of Mexico, dependent on these recommendations. Please consult the detailed U.S. State Dept. Travel Warning for information about your prospective location. Projects in level 4 travel advisory areas will not be considered.
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