Program of its kind for SUNY
Washington D.C. – State
University of New York Chancellor John R. Ryan and Dr. Gustavo Chapela,
director general of the Mexican National Council for Science and Technology
(CONACYT) today signed an agreement of
cooperation in response to SUNY’s objective of attracting highly
qualified doctoral students from Mexico and CONACYT’s desire to support the most
promising Mexican students to pursue graduate education at the Ph.D. level.
The joint program of fellowships is now known as the CONACYT-SUNY
Graduate Fellowships Program.
“We are proud to reach this understanding with the Mexican
National Council for Science and Technology,” said Ryan. “Having outstanding
Mexican students on our campuses will enrich and enhance SUNY’s intellectual
and cultural diversity. I am very grateful to Dr. Chapela for his efforts in
bringing about today’s agreement.”
“Conacyt is proud to sign this
agreement of cooperation with SUNY System, in order to increase the enrollment
of promising young Mexican graduate students at SUNY. We look forward to the
day when these students will be involved in those endeavors,” said Dr. Chapela.
Programs of study in the CONACYT-SUNY Graduate Fellowship
will include any or all of the following activities:
- Graduate Scientific and Technological Education,
- Interdisciplinary Graduate Programs and Mixed Fellowships,
- Exchange of Faculty, Students and Postdoctoral Fellows,
- Other Cooperative Initiatives and Promotion of the
Agreement of Cooperation.
Students in the CONACYT-SUNY Graduate Fellowship program
will be supported by CONACYT in their first and second years of study and by
SUNY campuses during the third through fifth year of their program.
In addition, SUNY and CONACYT share a commitment to increase
opportunities of collaboration between SUNY’s faculty and students and the
Mexican academic community.
To this end, both SUNY and CONACYT have agreed to explore
mechanisms to promote a program which shall annually place and support Mexican
academics in short-term research and teaching programs at SUNY and academics
from SUNY in similar positions in Mexican institutions of higher education and
Also, both parties will explore mechanisms to develop a
program which shall place and support Mexican postdoctoral scholars in
appropriate SUNY departments and SUNY postdoctoral scholars in Mexican
The State University of New York is the largest
comprehensive university system in the United States, educating more than
414,000 students in 6,688 degree and certificate programs on 64 campuses.
CONACYT is Mexico’s foremost government institution for
support of graduate education and research activities, one of the tenets of
CONACYT is to foster the pursuit of academia research careers among young
Mexican students. More information about CONACYT.