ConTex Programs

About Contex

The ConTex office was established by the University of Texas System to support a program of cooperation with Mexico's National Council of Science and Technology (CONACYT). This program expands current collaboration with CONACYT and many other first-rate academic institutions in Mexico.

ConTex connects Texas with one of the most important trade partners of the United States. It supports bilateral efforts to enhance academic and research cooperation between Texas and Mexico.

ConTex Programs

Doctoral Fellowships - 30 new students per year from Mexico to Texas

ConTex doctoral fellowships give aspiring researchers the opportunity to make new discoveries and scientific breakthroughs while studying with world-class faculty. Students from Mexico receive financial support to study at one of the University of Texas System institutions, studying with top researchers, while preparing for entry into a global workforce.

For complete application guidelines, registration and contact information please visit ConTex.

2017-2018 Award Announcement

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Postdoctoral Research Fellowships - 10 per year selected from either country

The 2018-19 annual call for applications has not yet been released. Check back frequently or visit the ConTex website for more information. Mexican Postdoctoral scholars seeking to pursue research at Mexican or UT System institutions receive an annual salary and health insurance for up to a 12-month period. Fellowships are open to all areas of study. High priority areas may be defined in the call.

For complete application guidelines and contact information please visit ConTex.

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Collaborative Research Grants - $1.0 million annual competition

The annual call for applications has been released with a deadline of February 15, 2019. Selected applicants will be notified in June 2019, and projects should begin on or around September 1, 2019. Awards of up to $100,000 will be provided for a maximum of 12 months. Proposed projects must be co-directed by a Principal Investigator from a UT System institution and a Principal Investigator from a Mexican institution. Principal Investigators from Mexican institutions must meet eligibility criteria established by CONACYT, and the research impact should be clearly defined.

For complete application guidelines, submission portal, and contact information please visit ConTex.

UT Austin Principal Investigators must include Institutional Certification in their proposal submission to ConTex: Request institutional certification via this link.

Submit proposals here.

Note: Reviewer comments will be provided to PIs upon request to ConTex after awards are announced.

2018 ConTex Collaborative Research Grants

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Faculty Fellows - Up to 9 per year from each country

Call for proposals is on hold until further notice. Please visit ConTex for more information.

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Non-degree Seeking Student Research Experience - 10 per year selected from either country

Call for proposals is on hold until further notice. Please visit ConTex for more information.

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ConTex Information for UT Applicants

Helpful Hints for Applying to CONACYT Scholarships

ConTex Advisory Committee

  • Bernard Arulanandam, Professor and Interim Vice President for Research, University of Texas at San Antonio
  • Janet Ellzey, Professor of Mechanical Engineering, University of Texas at Austin
  • Bruce E. Gnade, Professor of Materials Science and Engineering and Vice President for Research, University of Texas at Dallas
  • Roberto Osegueda, Vice President for Research, University of Texas at El Paso

ConTex Office

Meet the ConTex Team

UT Austin Coordinator

Liza Scarborough
The University of Texas at Austin
Office of the Vice President for Research
Email: liza@austin.utexas.edu

About CONACYT

CONACYT is a decentralized public agency of Mexico's federal government in charge of the promotion of scientific and technological activities, setting government policies for these matters, and granting scholarships for graduate studies. It is the equivalent of the National Science Foundation in the United States.

CONACYT oversees 27 highly specialized public research centers located in several regions of Mexico. These research centers are grouped into three major subsystems: Natural and Exact Sciences (10 centers); Social Sciences and Humanities (8 centers); Technology Development and Services (8 centers); and one specialized in Financing graduate studies. These research centers offer 34 doctoral degrees and 61 master's programs.

CONACYT grants around 52,000 scholarships to graduate students in Mexico and 6,000 for Mexicans to pursue graduate studies in foreign countries. Likewise, CONACYT provides funding for postdoctoral positions and sabbatical leaves.