General Information

The application process for acceptance to graduate and post-graduate programs is done directly by the student with Harvard University.

Applications for funding from the Fundación are to be completed after the student has been accepted to Harvard University.  Our support decisions are based on economic need.

1. The Fundación offers support in the form of a scholarship or a loan, depending on the program. Our standard award for 2017/18 is of USD $21,800 per year.

2. It is our requirement that students return to work in Mexico for two years once their studies and practical training (up to 2 years) are completed. If the student opts not to return, all support received from the Fundacion is to be fully reimbursed.

3. If the application of support is approved, the student must sign a contract and pronote with the Fundación, both for scholarship and loan support.

4. The Fundación allows students up to two years for an optional practical training outside of Mexico after graduating without penalties. It is important to clarify that a medical residency program is not considered optional practical training.

5. The candidates of the PhD programs granted by the Graduate School of Arts and Sciences, Harvard University, supported by the Harvard/Conacyt/Fundación Agreement who do not return to Mexico must demonstrate to the satisfaction of the Fundacion research or work directly related to Mexico during the following 8 years after graduation; otherwise the support received from the Fundacion will be repayable.

Financial support information

1. Funds granted by the Fundacion are always in US dollars and cover partially the single student cost of the graduate or post-graduate program.

2. Students must sign a contract and pronote for both scholarship and loan support.

3. PhD programs at the Graduate School of Arts and Sciences are supported fully under the FMH/Harvard/Conacyt agreement and students do not need to apply for support to the Fundción.

4. Doctoral programs at the Harvard T.H. Chan School of Public Health are supported fully under the FMH/Harvard T.H. Chan/Conacyt agreement and students do not need to apply for support to the Fundación.

5. Grant funding for doctoral studies is limited to five years.

Repayment guidelines for funding in the form of a loan:

1. A one year grace period after graduation is given prior to the commencement of payments.

2. Payments are made quarterly over a four year period.

3. Interest accrues on the loan at 5% p.a. fixed from the date of disbursement.


4. Payments can me made in US dollars or in Mexican pesos based on the exchange rate on the date of payment.

Fundacion Mexico en Harvard will list any student with the Mexican Credit Bureau who is late in fulfilling his/her payment obligations.

FMH Policies

I. Loan repayment policy regarding employment in an academic institution in Mexico

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.

2. Updated contact information provided to the Fundacion office to allow verification (title, institution, address, phone and email).

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.

II. Policy for Doctorates (SJD, DDes, DrPH)

Recipients of our support, who graduate from the doctoral programs of the Harvard Law School, Graduate School of Design and Harvard T.H. Can 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.

Definition of Contribution to Mexico for Doctorates:

  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.
  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.

III. 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 if the student 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.