February 2021
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 Latin America and the Caribbean Updates

Video by UNAM Global TV.

ExxonMobil Scholarship for UNAM students Celebrates 10th Anniversary 

On February 9, 2021, the ExxonMobil Scholarship for Research Award Ceremony was held virtually, in which the six UNAM winners of the 10th edition of the program were acknowledged. Their areas of study are Electronic Electrical Engineering, Biology, Civil Engineering, Mechanical Engineering, and Petroleum Engineering.

With almost 90 attendees, the ceremony featured speakers from ExxonMobil  in Mexico, the Office of Student Exchange and Mobility from UNAM (DGECI); the Office of the Alumni Relations Program from UNAM, the Comission of National Hydrocarbons, and the Secreteriat of Energy.

Current scholar Karen Uxue, as well as two program alumnae, Kelly Hernández (8th Cohort) and Teresita Ramírez (9th Cohort), spoke about what this experience means for them. Following the ceremony, the current fellows had the opportunity to meet virtually with their mentors to kick off the mentorship component.

This program, funded by ExxonMobil and implemented in collaboration with the IIE and UNAM, is part of ExxonMobil's commitment to leading initiatives that promote education in Mexico, supporting UNAM students in STEM fields who are carrying out research projects or theses to graduate. In addition to financial support, the winners will participate in a mentoring component with ExxonMobil executives, professional development workshops, an English conversation club among other conferences and activities with ExxonMobil.

Latin American and Caribbean Applications at Record Levels

The IIE NYU Abu Dhabi Outreach Officers are continuing their virtual outreach this spring semester to high schools throughout Latin America and the Caribbean. A regional record 211 applications for NYU Abu Dhabi were received this academic cycle, half of which were early decision applications. Of the 106 early decision applications, 25 students were admitted. These students will join the 1,400+ students from around the world studying degrees in 26 different programs. As the spring semester begins, the outreach team looks forward to continuing virtual outreach to the region and receiving the final admissions decisions.

Leadership Training Opportunity for Undergraduate Brazilian Students

The Cargill Global Scholars Program (CGSP) is a distinctive, two-year scholarship program that provides financial support, leadership development, and a mentorship program to undergraduate students in BrazilChinaIndiaIndonesiaRussia, and the United States since 2013. For Brazil, candidates from 14 partner universities can submit applications until May 26, 2021.  

Cohort 8 scholars from Santa Cruz State University, Federal University of Paraná, Federal University of Goiás, State University of Campinas, and University of São Paulo (São Carlos and Ribeirão Preto Campuses) participated in the 2nd part of the recent National Virtual Seminar, where they discussed topics such as Cargill's leadership expectations, ethics, decision-making, guiding values, feedback and levels of listening. Scholars had the opportunity to hear from special guest Elessandra Silva, Cargill Infrastructure Leader for LATAM, speak about leadership and how to make the most of this experience. 

New Hope for Increasing Public Health Resilience in Haiti

I am Jean Max, recently graduated with a PhD in sociology from Florida International University. I was born and raised in Haiti and conducted my dissertation fieldwork there in 2018. I returned to the country as a U.S. Fulbright Scholar from November 2019 to March 2020 when COVID-19 forced me to return to the U.S. My dissertation analyzes the role of NGOs in the post disaster response in Haiti and whether resilience was built into their projects. An important observation that I made during my research in Haiti is that the public health system is extremely vulnerable. Drawing on this observation, I decided to analyze how aid must be delivered to increase resilience of the health care system during the COVID-19 pandemic in order to be able withstand possible future events. I chose to investigate the place of NGOs in this process due to the extraordinary role that they have been playing in almost every aspect of the functioning of the country. Read the full blog here.

 Global Perspective


IIE Welcomes Argentinian Ministry of Education and Study Buenos Aires to Network

IIE’s Project Atlas initiative continues to partner with countries around the world to disseminate comparable student mobility data and provide customized workshops and research to strengthen the collection of mobility data worldwide. IIE welcomed the Ministry of Education Argentina and Study Buenos Aires to the network in fall 2020. We remain interested in representing a comprehensive picture of student mobility and are seeking additional partners who are engaged in country-level data collection in Latin America and the Caribbean to join Argentina and Chile in highlighting trends in the region. Project Atlas partners share student mobility data with IIE and receive complimentary membership to IIE’s Network. For more information on joining Project Atlas, please reach out to Research Lead, Leah Mason at

Adobe Design Circle International Scholarship Accepting Applications

Adobe believes that young people should have the opportunity to learn and express themselves through creativity and technology, regardless of their economic or cultural backgrounds. A diverse design community that reflects the world around us is essential to our industry’s future innovation and economic success.

To help reach untapped youth communities and foster more diversity in the design industry, the Design Circle scholarship will do just that: we are awarding 10 annual college scholarships -- up to $25,000 per year, for each year of the recipient’s undergraduate education (up to four years or $100,000).

The scholarship is ideal for students who want to enter product design or experience design-related careers (e.g. digital, web, UX/UI, industrial design, or similar). We seek to support a diverse group of students to achieve their higher education and professional development goals. Applications are encouraged from candidates including, but not limited to: racial or ethnic minorities, females, those who identify as LGBTQ+, first-generation college students, and students with disabilities.

Applications are due on March 11. Read more and apply at

Moving From Inclusivity Talk to Equity in Action in International Education Leadership

IIE is partnering with Dickinson College on a series of workshops focused on inclusivity and intercultural competency. Designed to be practical in nature, the Moving From Inclusivity Talk to Equity in Action in International Education Leadership workshop will provide much-needed training opportunities that explore the intersection between intercultural and global learning and diversity, equity and inclusion—work that has been traditionally siloed. The partnership between Dickinson and IIE aims to bridge the gap by bringing practitioners, scholars and learners from across disciplines, backgrounds and cultures together to create new knowledge, best practices and collaborative approaches that grapple with the complexity of building trust and equity across cultures.

The two-day virtual workshop will utilize case studies, small group discussions, and interactive training sessions to help participants develop a deeper understanding of the theories and practice at the intersection of diversity, equity and inclusion and intercultural/global learning, see and begin to break down structural and organizational barriers that impede real change, start to develop a plan for action, and develop a network of other international education leaders. All are encouraged to join this workshop, especially higher education professionals, faculty members, and international educators across sectors, including NGOs, foundations and government agencies from around the world. Note: Registration fee covers up to two people from an institution or organization. 

The next workshop will take place on March 25-26, 2021 from 9:00am -12:00 noon ET. IIENetwork members receive a special discounted rate. Learn more and register here

Publications and Research

Connect with All of IIE’s Resources through the IIENetwork

The IIENetwork membership is our premier global network of 1,450 institutions, study abroad providers, and government partners. Through our IIENetwork, we share resources, data, and timely information that are designed to help organizations and campuses strategize about the future of global education and make critical decisions. It is the best way to connect with IIE and have access to all our programs, resources, and events. Members can:

To learn more and become a member, contact

Calls, Events and Upcoming Deadlines

COMEXUS – Becas Fulbright-García Robles

The U.S.-Mexico Commission for Educational and Cultural Exchange (COMEXUS), through the Fulbright-García Robles scholarships supports Mexican and American students, researchers and teachers to conduct postgraduate studies, research assignments, and teaching and professionalization programs in Mexico and the United States. Please click here to see their upcoming deadlines.

Fundación Mexicana para la Educación, la Tecnología y la Ciencia (FUNED)

Fundación Mexicana para la Educación, la Tecnología y la Ciencia (FUNED) is a privately operated foundation that provides complementary financial aid and scholarships for Mexican students who wish to pursue their master's degree abroad in top ranked universities. Please visit FUNED to find out about their upcoming deadlines.

Becas Magdalena O. Vda. de Brockmann (BecasMOB)

BecasMOB’s sole mission is to send outstanding young Mexicans to top foreign universities for master’s degrees, thus promoting higher education and creating a highly competitive and innovative group of citizens with global perspectives, yet with a powerful commitment to their country. Please click here to see their upcoming deadlines.
BMI Online Recruitment Event 2021
January - June and July - December | Multiple Cities in Latin America

The Forum on Education Abroad 2021 Annual Conference 
March 1-5 | Virtual

American Association for Applied Linguistics (AAAL) 2021 Conference
March 20-23 | Virtual

American Council on Education (ACE) 2021 Annual Meeting
March 22-24 | Virtual

Teaching of English to Speakers of Other Languages (TESOL) 2021 International Convention
March 24-27 | Virtual

Brazilian Association for International Education (FAUBAI) 2021 Conference
April 24-28 | Belo Horizonte, Minas Gerais, Brazil (To be reconfirmed)

Association of International Educators (NAFSA) 2021 Conference
June 1-4 | Virtual

Canada International Conference on Education (CICE) 2021
June 22-24 | Virtual

Association for Supervision and Curriculum Development (ASCD) 2021 Conference 
June 23-25 | Virtual

European Association for International Education (EAIE) 2021 Conference
September 7-10 | Gothenburg, Sweden

National Association for College Admission Counseling (NACAC) 2021 National Conference
September 23-25 | Seattle, WA, USA and Online

Congress of the Americas on International Education (CAIE) 2021
October 19-22 | Chile Virtual-Hybrid Mode

Hispanic Association of Colleges & Universities (HACU) 2021 Annual Conference
October 30-November 1 | Aurora, CO, USA

American Council on the Teaching of Foreign Languages (ACTFL) 2021 Convention 
November 19-21 | San Diego, CA, USA

International Association of Universities (IAU) 2022 International Conference
Doha, Quatar

Mexican Association for International Education (AMPEI) 2021 Annual Conference
Yet to be announced
Council on International Educational Exchange (CIEE) 2021 Annual Conference
Yet to be announced

National Association of Universities and Higher Education Institutions from the Republic of Mexico (ANUIES) 2021 
Yet to be announced

In the News

Managing Emails and Video Calls in Your “New Normal” - HERC 

Artificial Intelligence and Early Childhood Education - EdSurge

Pandemic Drives Millions From Latin America's UniversitiesThe New York Times

Six Career Coaches Share Best Career Advice - FastCompany

The Realities of Schooling in Rural Brazil - BBC News

2021 TESOL Teacher of the Year Announced - TESOL

Education May be Latin America's Most Lasting Scar from Covid-19 - Brookings

How Negotiation Skills Help Leaders Defuse Work Conflicts - Ragan

How to Simplify Hybrid Learning - ASCD

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