Mexico City, Mexico, October 9, 2018 — The U.S. Department of State, along with Partners of the Americas (Partners) and NAFSA: Association of International Educators (NAFSA), announce the launch today of a new Innovation Fund grant competition to create higher education institutional partnerships between Mexico and the United States. The Mary Street Jenkins Foundation Innovation Competition is supported through a generous contribution from the Jenkins Foundation. The Foundation’s grants have benefited Mexico’s youth establishing thousands of scholarships, schools, and sports centers, and the quality of life in the state of Puebla through the development of rural clinics and hospitals, as well as the provision of clean drinking water and public services in rural communities.
The purpose of the Mary Street Jenkins Foundation Innovation Competition is to provide more opportunities for higher education institutions (HEIs) in the United States and Mexico to work together to provide new student exchange and training programs between both countries. The HEIs that are eligible for this grant competition include universities (public and private), colleges, technical/vocation schools, and other post-secondary institutions with credit-bearing programs.
This grant competition seeks proposals from teams of HEIs in Mexico and the U.S. that will increase student exchange and training in the fields of Social Sciences and Humanities. Proposals in the following academic disciplines will be given special consideration: Archaeology, Anthropology, Education and exchange programs that include and will benefit economically-disadvantaged and/or racial/ethnic minority student populations in both countries.
Since January 2014, a total of 44 Innovation Fund grant-winning partnerships have been awarded to Mexican higher education institutions in partnerships with universities and colleges the United States. Mexico is the lead country to engage with and benefit from this signature hemispheric-wide education initiative, accounting for almost one-third of all grants. To date, a total of 18 Mexican states and 20 U.S. states benefit from Innovation Fund partnerships.
The competition will remain open for partnerships between Mexican and U.S. HEIs through January 31, 2019. Full details of the competition and application instructions can be found at