Mexican Students-CONACYT

On June 27th, 2016, McGill signed an agreement with the National Council for Science and Technology (CONACYT) to co-sponsor Mexican students enrolled in a Master's Thesis Program or PhD at McGill. The agreement aims at attracting top Mexican students to pursue graduate studies at Canada’s leading research-intensive university.


McGill eligibility criteria:

CONACyT eligibility criteria:

  • Please consult the open Calls for Applications. You can find them listed under Priority Fields and in the CONACyT website. Please note that not all Thesis Master's programs are fundable by CONACyT, and it is the applicant's responsibility to check for eligibility requirements from both CONACyT and McGill. 

How to Apply

Candidates must apply directly to CONACYT. You can see open calls for applications here.


CONACYT will provide annual funding for the following:

  • McGill tuition at the Quebec Resident rate
  • Program/ancillary fees
  • Health insurance
  • Annual living expenses (paid directly to the student each month)

McGill, in turn, will cover the tuition differential between the International and the Quebec Resident rate (International supplements). 


Funding is provided for a maximum period of two (2) years for Master’s students, and for up to four (4) years for PhD students.             

General Call for Applications for PhD Studies

Deadline to Apply: 14 June, 2019

Subject matter


  1. Water basins management

Environmental sciences, Biology, Chemistry, Biotechnology, Sociology, Management, Geography, Engineering, Agricultural Sciences, Regional Development, and related fields.

  1. Food Autonomy

Agricultural Sciences, Biotechnology, Fishery, Animal Health and Production, and related fields.

  1. Socioecology and sustainability

Environmental Sciences, Sociology, Biology, Engineering, and related fields.

  1. Waste and toxicity in Urban Planning

Architecture and urbanism, Environmental Sciences, Biotechnology, Engineering, Sociology, and related fields.

  1. Community and Public Health

Biomedical Sciences, Medical Research, Medical Specialisations, Clinical Medicine, Biotechnology, Sociology, and related fields.

  1. Children Leukemia





Biomedical Sciences, Medical Research, Medical Specialisations, Clinical Medicine, Biotechnology, and related fields.

  1. Renal Failure
  1. Heart, Brain and Vascular diseases
  1. Breast and Cervical Cancer
  1. Interdisciplinary Immunotherapy
  1. Virology
  1. Structural Violence

Sociology, Psychology, Security, Anthropology and Archaeology, Education, Law, Human Rights, and related fields.

  1. Construction of Democracy

Political Science, Law, Human Rights, Security, and related fields.

  1. Human Mobility

Sociology, Anthropology and Archaeology, Demography, Geography, and related fields.

  1. Education for Inclusivity and Autonomy

Education, Pedagogy, and related fields.

  1. Historical and Biocultural Patrimony

History, Anthropology and Archaeology, Biology and related fields.

  1. Energetic Transition

Environmental Sciences, Engineering, and related fields.

  1. Biotechnical Pharmacology

Biology, Chemistry, Biomedical Sciences, Biotechnology, Engineering, and related fields.

Other Calls for Applications

Call for applications

Priority Fields

CONACyT-FUNED call for Masters studies

Structural Violence, Construction of Democracy, Human Mobility, Education for Inclusivity and Autonomy, Historical and Biocultural Patrimony, Economics and Management, and Engineering. Consult call for applications for details. Only Thesis Masters are eligible for the agreement. Deadline: April 26, 2019

Region-specific calls (Masters and PhD)

Please consult CONACyT for fields and degrees eligible, which vary according to the Mexican region in which you reside. Please note that only thesis-based masters programs and PhDs are eligible for the agreement. 

Deadline: May 31, 2019

CONACyT-FIIDEM (Masters and PhD)

Engineering related to infrastructure. Consult Call for more details.Please note that only thesis-based masters programs and PhDs are eligible for the agreement.

Deadline: June 7, 2019 at 18:00 CST (Mexico City)


CONACyT-FINBA (Masters and PhD)

Fine Arts, Environmental Sustainability related to the management of Fine Arts, and Engineering and Technology related to Fine Arts development. Please note that only thesis-based masters programs and PhDs are eligible for the agreement.

Deadline: June 28, 2019

Please note that only Thesis Master's programs are eligible for the McGill-CONACyT agreement.

External DFWs

CONACyT recipients are required to apply to the External DFWs offered by the Government of Quebec, via AMEXCID. Deadlines are usually in August and March.

The deadline to apply for Fall 2019 is May 6, 2019 at 14:00 CST. The application call can be found here.

Calendar 2019 for General Call for PhD studies

Note: Master's studies calls may follow a different timeline

Competition Announcement March 11, 2019
Start of Application Period April 15, 2019
End of Application Period

June 14, 2019 at 18:00 (CST)

Review Period June 17 - July 25, 2019
Results Announcement July 26, 2019


Please note that CONACyT has several calls for applications. The dates above are for the general PhD call for applications. For Master's and field-specific deadlines, please visit CONACyT's website.


Note: This new Agreement takes effect as of Fall 2017.

Updated: 1-April-2019