The University of Texas System (UT System) and Mexico’s National Council of Science and Technology (CONACYT) are reportedly expanding their academic programs in order to add more STEM-related fields.
Originally agreed in 2015, the program, known as Contex, is aimed at enhancing the academic and research cooperation between Mexican schools and 14 American institutes affiliated with the Texas University.
The expanded relationship will allow a greater number of Mexican students to take part in research and scientific discovery projects in the United States.
“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,” states the American university on its website.
The scholarships are open to all areas of study, including environmental science, energy, technological development, health, and social sciences. Students chosen for the program will get a monthly stipend in addition to health insurance coverage for up to five years.
CONACYT is the Mexican counterpart of United States’ National Science Foundation, and is in charge of promoting scientific and technological activities by granting scholarships for graduate studies.
The agency, which oversees 27 highly specialized public research centers across the country, has supported 530 Mexican fellows at various institutions in Texas since 1982. Now it is hoping to fund the higher studies of at least 150 Mexican students in Texas institutes over the next five years.
Many Texas institutes already have existing relationships with CONACYT for research collaboration and student funding. For example, UT El Paso and UT Dallas have well-established agreements for educational cooperation, and UT San Antonio has an agreement in place supporting post-doctoral fellows.