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 new program will expand current collaboration with CONACYT and many other first-rate academic institutions in Mexico.

ConTex will be a model of international collaboration connecting Texas with one of the most important trade partners of the United States. It will support 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-CONACYT doctoral fellowships give aspiring researchers the opportunities to make new discoveries and scientific breakthroughs while studying with world-class faculty. Students from Mexico will receive financial support to study at one of 14 University of Texas Systems, studying with top researchers, while preparing for entry into a global workforce.

Fellows receive financial support for up to 5 years of doctoral study at a University of Texas Institution. Support includes,

  • Tuition and fees
  • A monthly stipend
  • Support toward health insurance

Funding is available in Fall 2018. Begin your application process one year in advance and apply to more than one program. Interested students should:

  • Apply for admission to graduate programs. Admission requirements vary by institution and department. Visit specific institution and graduate program websites for more detailed information.
  • Notify ConTex that you are interested in applying for the fellowship.

2017-2018 Award Announcement

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Postdoctoral Research Fellowships - 10 per year selected from either country

The annual call for applications has been released with a deadline of March 16, 2018. Selected applicants will be notified in June 2018. Postdoctoral scholars seeking to pursue research at Mexican or UT System institutions will 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.

Submit application here.

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Faculty Fellows - Up to 9 per year from each country

Two calls for fellowship applications will be announced annually. Fellowships provide support for Mexican and UT System faculty pursuing research and cross border collaborations. Selected fellows will receive a monthly stipend and health insurance for a period of up to six months.

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

Funding supports short-term visits for Mexican and UT System master's and Ph.D. students to engaged in research experiences for six to twelve months. Selected students will receive a stipend and health insurance support.

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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 16, 2018. Selected applicants will be notified in June 2018. Awards of up to $100,000 will be provided for a maximum of 12-18 months. Proposed projects must be co-directed by a Principal Investigator from a UT System institution and a Principal Investigator from a CONACYT-affiliated Mexican academic institution.

Submit application here.

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ConTex FAQ

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

  • Rene Zenteno, Executive Director and Vice Provost for International Initiatives, University of Texas at San Antonio
    Address: One UTSA Circle, San Antonio, TX 78249
    Phone: (210) 458-7240
  • David Vassar, Director of Programs
    Phone: (210) 458-5548

Meet the ConTex Team

UT Austin Coordinator

Liza Scarborough
The University of Texas at Austin
Office of the Vice President for Research
Peter T. Flawn Academic Center, FAC 426
Mailcode: G1400
Austin, Texas 78712


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.

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