Grant Program for Canadian Indigenous Students (Mexico)

Grant Program for Canadian Indigenous StudentsCanadian institutions are encouraged to apply to this annual grant opportunity offered through the Government of Mexico, Office of External Relations. KPU was a successful recipient of this grant in 2019 and hopes to continue to participate.

Each group travelling to Mexico may be comprised of five students and one faculty member.

The call for proposals normally goes out in July and travel takes place during October-November.

Mexican Intercultural Universities such as these could be receiving you on their campus and in their community:

  • Universidad Intercultural del Estado de Tabasco (UIET)
  • Universidad Intercultural del Estado de Chiapas (UNICH)
  • Universidad Intercultural Maya de Quintana Roo (UIMQROO)
  • Universidad Intercultural del Estado de Hidalgo (UICEH)
  • Universidad Intercultural del Estado de México (UIEM)

Programming Offered May Include:

  • Visiting students can improve their Spanish language skills;
  • Visiting students can participate in conversation clubs in English, with the purpose of supporting Mexican students to improve their skills in this language;
  • Visiting students will be able to learn basic expressions and conversations in some of the native languages that are spoken in the immediate context of the Intercultural Universities and to experience an approach in the daily life of the culture;
  • All programs include cultural immersion, and the deepening of global indigenous connections through community engagement activities and visits.

Travel Period: 6 days in Mexico plus travel days

Group Composition: 5 students and 1 instructor

Financial Support Included: Return flights, a daily stipend, the daily program, and ground transportation to the participating university.

Application Requirements:

Faculty will need to identify a small group of students whose academic experience would be enriched with a cultural immersion and exchange component. The faculty would write the proposal and the Global Engagement Office would provide support for the translation of the proposal into Spanish, as well as with all correspondence with the Government Office in Mexico.

  • A proposal in both English and Spanish introducing the members of the group, which program they are interested in participating in, and how it relates to their academic plans;
  • A letter of support from KPU;
  • A copy of a valid passport for each member.

This Program is an unprecedented opportunity to enhance bilateral exchange between the indigenous communities in both countries.

To express interest in applying and to learn more please contact the Global Development Manager in the Office of Global Engagement.