INTRODUCTION
CINVESTAV (The Center for Research and Advanced Studies) is a Mexican non-governmental scientific research institution affiliated with the National Polytechnic Institute. The institute is divided in 10 research centers that are dedicated to research and post graduate training within specific research areas (en.wikipedia.org/wiki/CINVESTAV). Our campus hosts two research centers: CINVESTAV-Irapuato (that includes the Department of Genetic Engineering and the Department of Biotechnology and Biochemistry; Unidad Irapuato) and UGA (Unidad de Genómica Avanzada; UGA-Langebio). The campus has a permanent staff of 51 professors and ~ 220 students and offers Master and Ph.D. programs within areas of genetics, genomics, epigenetics, biotechnology, bioinformatics, synthetic biology, biochemistry and microbiology. The campus is located in Irapuato, Guanajuato (en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Irapuato; en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Guanajuato).

ADMISSION REQUIREMENTS

  • Bachelor or Master degree, for students wishing to pursue a Master or Ph.D. degree, respectively.
  • A minimum average grade equivalent to 8.0 of a Mexican grading system (8/10 ); please consult the webpage www.wes.org to see the equivalent of this grade with respect to your country’s grading system.
  • Basic knowledge of Spanish is required given that several courses are conducted in Spanish.
  • CENEVAL EXANI III or GRE (General) examination dated after August 1st 2019 .

In the case of NOT having an EXANI III (or the PAEP or GRE test),  please register for the exam using the following link (http://registroenlinea.ceneval.edu.mx/RegistroLinea/index.php). The payment should be made to:

Bank: BANAMEX
Swift code: BNMXMXMMXXX
Amount: MXN. 770.00
Account: 2180700157828790
Beneficiary: CENTRO NACIONAL DE EVALUACION PARA LA EDUCACION SUPERIOR, A.C. (CENEVAL A.C.)

The registration deadlines and exam dates are listed below. 

EVALUATION PROCESS
Applicants will be evaluated based on the results of EXAN III and an internal online exam from Cinvestav, in addition to a general evaluation of  their qualifications (e.g. grades, work experience, knowledge of English). Qualified applicants will be invited to an interview online.

SCHOLARSHIPS 
Foreign students are eligible for scholarships from CONACYT (see www.conacyt.mx).

IMPORTANT DATES

  • REGISTRATION

Monday of week 12 (March 15th): Registration open
Sunday of week 22 (May 30th ): Registration closed 

  • EXAM EXAN III (CENEVAL)

May 17th - May 31th (10:00 pm): registration
June 10th: mock exam
June 17th: EXANI III exam

  • EXAMEN CINVESTAV/ONLINE INTERVIEWS

June 15th (10:00 - 11:30)
Week 27-28: interviews of qualified applicants 

  • RESULTS OF ADMISION PROCESS/INTRODUCTORY COURSEs

Week 28: Publication of results
Week 32 -35: Introductory course for students accepted
Week 36: Start of program courses

HOW TO APPLY:
Please register using the following link: http://bp.ira.cinvestav.mx/Admision-2021/Foreign-candidates/Registration-Form

CONTACT INFORMATION
Email: diana.barbosa@cinvestav.mx or jesus.vega@cinvestav.mx or gertrud.lund@cinvestav.mx
Telephone: +52 462 6239620