FMH Policies and Obligations


Conversion of loan to scholarship may be approved if the following criteria are met, which include but are not limited to;

1. Yearly delivery of a letter from supervisor or academic department head verifying full- time, under payroll, employment in an academic institution, in teaching and/or research, and

2. Updated contact information provided to the Fundacion office to allow verification in the interim.

FMH will verify the authenticity of all documentation provided. The ultimate decision regarding eligibility for conversion lies exclusively with the Fundación.

Failure to submit all documentation requested renders disqualification under the policy and loan repayments must commence.

Policy for Doctorates

Recipients of our support, who graduate from the doctoral programs of the Harvard Law School, Harvard Graduate School of Design and Harvard School of Public Health, whom after a period of practical training of up to two years post-graduation, who then choose not to return to Mexico, will be permitted to repay the full outstanding amount of support received from FMH (including outstanding obligations for the Masters program prior if support from FMH was received), without penalty interest as is contractually stipulated, over the course of 4 years ( in 16 quarterly installments) if he/she is employed as a full time professor (Associate Professor or Professor, both on tenure-track, or Faculty member) during that period in academia in a prestigious institution (as determined by the UK Times Higher Education Index Top 200), and demonstrates annually contribution to Mexico, in any of the options listed below, documented, to the FMH office. If the student opts for employment outside of academia or chooses not to report to the FMH office the manner contributions to Mexico are made annually, then the repayment schedule will span 2 years or 8 equal quarterly installments, instead of 4.

Definition of Contribution to Mexico for PhDs:

  1. Substantive collaborative research with investigators or faculty members based in Mexico, as evidenced in collaborative data collection and joint submission of research and training grants,
  2. Research project undertaken at the request of a Mexican institution, with results to be for the benefit of that institution, or Mexico in general,
  3. Guest lectures sponsored by reputable universities or research institutions in Mexico,
  4. Invite or hire Research Fellows or interns from Mexico to his/her lab or institute abroad,
  5. Mentoring and formally advising future PhD and Doctoral candidates from Mexico to Harvard. This may also take form in serving as a member of a thesis committee in Mexico,
  6. Assistance and feedback to FMH on initiatives where their expertise would be helpful,
  7. Lead or participate in instruction at Clubes de Ciencia, or lead a summer or J term program (seminar or course instruction) at a qualifying academic or research institutions in Mexico.

Policy for LLM/SJD

For students from Mexico, who have received support from FMH in the form of a loan, to support the LLM degree, this loan will be converted to scholarship, exclusively in the following case:
The student who received our support for his/her LLM in the form of a loan, has been made an offer to join Harvard's SJD program and the student has accepted the offer, waived the LLM degree, and in addition, the LLM waiver policy of Harvard Law School continues in force at the time of his/her entrance to the LLM and SJD program.
The conversion (substitution of new legal contracts and pronote signed between student and FMH) to scholarship must only take place after all stipulations above are met. Destruction of legal contracts and pronote as a loan will take place only after the student signs new documentation as a scholarship.