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

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.

The call for Doctoral Fellowship applications is now available!

Application period: April 15, 2019 through June 14, 2019

All applicants must (1) register with ConTex, (2) apply to a UT Austin doctoral program, (3) apply to CONACYT for one of their scholarships (Convocatorias-Becas al Extranjero).

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

Recent Doctoral Fellow Awards

The 2019 annual call for applications has been released. Visit the ConTex website for more information. Mexican Postdoctoral scholars seeking to pursue research at a UT System institution or UT System postdocs wanting to conduct research in Mexico are eligible. High priority areas are defined in the call. Application deadline: August 9, 2019.

For complete application guidelines and contact information please visit ConTex.

Recent Postdoctoral Fellow Awards

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 by Monday, February 11, 2019.

Submit proposals here.

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

Recent Collaborative Research Grants

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

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

ConTex Application Information

ConTex Advisory Board

ConTex Office

UT Austin Coordinator

Liza Scarborough
The University of Texas at Austin
Office of the Vice President for Research


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.