Georgetown-CONACYT Fellowships 2011-12 Academic Year
The Georgetown-CONACYT arrangement is a partnership in support of doctoral education for Mexican students between the Georgetown University Graduate School of Arts & Sciences in Washington, DC and El Consejo Nacional de Ciencia y TecnologÍa (CONACYT) in México.
The Georgetown University Graduate School of Arts and Sciences is pleased to participate in an exciting partnership with Mexico’s El Consejo Nacional de Ciencia y Tecnología (CONACYT) in the area of doctoral education. Georgetown University will accept up to forty Mexican CONACYT fellows per year within its doctoral programs in the sciences, social sciences, and humanities. CONACYT and Georgetown will jointly fund the tuition, stipend, and fees of CONACYT fellows for up to a maximum of five years.
Founded in 1789, Georgetown University is the oldest Catholic and Jesuit university in the United States. It is a major international research university that embodies its founding principles in the diversity of its students, faculty, and staff; its commitment to justice and the common good; its intellectual openness; and its international character. Located in Washington, D.C., Georgetown provides access to the many resources that the nation’s capital has to offer, including its political institutions, high-tech corridor, cultural riches, museums and performance centers.
El Consejo Nacional de Ciencia y Tecnología (CONACYT)
CONACYT was established by the Mexican government in 1970 to support national scientific and technological development. It is the country’s foremost agency for support of graduate education and research, both within Mexico and abroad. Among its many activities, CONACYT runs a scholarship program to support Mexican students interested in pursuing doctoral studies. CONACYT has signed cooperation agreements with a select number of internationally recognized institutions of higher education. In 2003, CONACYT and Georgetown University signed such an agreement, which was recently extended through 2011.
The Georgetown-CONACYT fellowships are available for doctoral studies in the sciences, social sciences, and humanities. Please see below for information on the Georgetown-CONACYT-eligible Ph.D. programs offered at Georgetown:
Biochemistry & Molecular Biology
Microbiology & Immunology
Physiology & Biophysics
Spanish & Portuguese
Theological & Religious Studies
Please see our page on doctoral programs for detailed program information.
Note: CONACYT fellowships are only available to citizens of Mexico.
Students interested in being considered for a Georgetown-CONACYT fellowship must apply separately to both Georgetown and CONACYT.
Georgetown Application Procedures:
Applications to Georgetown should be submitted directly to the Graduate School of Arts and Sciences. Applicants must submit their application online and should indicate that they are applying in connection with the CONACYT program.
Individual applicants are responsible for providing all of the materials required for the evaluation of their application, including TOEFL and GRE scores (where required), writing samples (where required), and letters of recommendation. Applications will be evaluated according to the criteria established by each Georgetown program. The applicant is encouraged to review the relevant program’s Web page to find specific information on application requirements and deadlines, as they vary by program. Recommendations to admit rest with the program to which the student is applying.
Online application information, along with other valuable material for prospective graduate students can be found here.
CONACYT Application Procedures:
CONACYT has a separate application process, which students must also complete in order to be considered for a fellowship. Detailed information on CONACYT’s application process can be found on the CONACYT website.
Georgetown application deadlines vary by program, although most fall in January or February for studies beginning the following August. Applications are due to CONACYT in mid-March. Please note that applicants for the Georgetown-CONACYT fellowship MUST apply by CONACYT’s first deadline.
Registering for the GRE and TOEFL Exams:
GRE: Applicants are strongly encouraged to register for the GRE and TOEFL exams as soon as possible, and no later than October 1, since spaces can fill-up quickly as the application deadlines approach. In Mexico, the GRE is only offered in a computer-based format, and registration is on a first-come, first-served basis. Testing centers are located in Guadalajara, Mexico City, and Monterrey. Additional information can be found at: http://www.ets.org
TOEFL: The computer-based TOEFL exam can also be taken at the centers listed above. Applicants may also opt to take the paper-based TOEFL exam, which is offered at several locations throughout Mexico. For information on how to register for either the computer or paper-based TOEFL, please go to: http://www.toefl.org
Upon selection, approval, and admission by both Georgetown and CONACYT, fellowship recipients will be provided the following support, contingent upon satisfactory progress in the degree program:
While the student is completing coursework (typically two years), CONACYT will provide full tuition and required student fees (e.g. Yates Fee). Once the student has completed coursework, Georgetown will provide tuition and required student fees.
For the first three years of study, CONACYT will provide its then standard stipend paid directly to the student on a monthly basis. In 2006, the CONACYT stipend was $1000 per month. Please visit the CONACYT website for the current levels of stipend support. During these initial three years, Georgetown will provide a supplemental stipend in an amount that, in combination with the CONACYT stipend, sums to the then current annual stipend award offered by Georgetown's Graduate School of Arts & Sciences. For 2011-12, the stipend level for doctoral students at Georgetown University is $20,000 per academic year. During this period, the stipend is categorized as a fellowship or “non-service” stipend that requires no service of the student. Please visit the Graduate School’s website for the current levels of stipend support.
For up to two subsequent years, Georgetown will pay a stipend of at least the amount of the then current level of standard stipend award offered by the Graduate School of Arts & Sciences. Please note that during this time that Georgetown University covers the full stipend, the CONACYT student will be expected to carry the same responsibilities as their academic program peers. Therefore, if it is the practice for doctoral students in a given program to serve under assistantship in their 4th or 5th year (e.g. as a research assistantship, teaching assistant or teaching associate), the CONACYT student will be expected to do the same. If it is the practice of the academic program to award non-service stipends to its doctoral students in their 4th or 5th year, the CONACYT student in that program will be awarded in the same way.
Medical insurance is required for all doctoral students at Georgetown University. For the first three years of study, CONACYT will provide support for medical insurance at its then current rate of insurance support. (In 2006, CONACYT offered $715/year for medical insurance). During those initial three years, should the student elect to purchase the individual medical insurance plan offered by Georgetown to its graduate students, Georgetown will cover the difference between the amount CONACYT provides for medical insurance and the actual cost of the Georgetown University individual insurance plan. For up to two subsequent years, Georgetown will pay the total cost of the individual insurance plan offered by Georgetown.
Total support will not exceed five years. During those five years, fellowship recipients must meet the normal departmental academic requirements and maintain satisfactory degree progress standards as set by the department and the Graduate School. Failure to do so may result in termination of degree candidacy and/or termination of financial support.
CONACYT website: http://www.conacyt.mx/Paginas/default.aspx