Announcement of new rules for applying for Conacyt scholarships

The general director of the National Council of Science and Technology (Conacyt), María Elena Álvarez Buylla, announced the new Conacyt National Scholarship Program. After several years with delays in the calls, complaints due to lack of payments or late payments of scholarship holders who were left abroad without support and of students who constantly protested before the institution, this Wednesday, January 12, substantial changes were reported through of a virtual conference.

“We officially announce that the national scholarship program of the Conacyt postgraduate program has been reoriented so that from this 2022 the application requests are carried out directly by the beneficiaries who are the students, saving administrative burden ( …) This coupled with the new National Postgraduate System”.

He added that this does not mean that there is no need for close collaboration and communication with the postgraduate coordinators of the universities and institutions, but that the practices, as they occurred in the past, will no longer be, “where the decision of a which student to apply for was up to those responsible for the postgraduate programs attached to the PNPC (National Quality Postgraduate Program),” he said that this system paved the way for the exclusion of students, among “other anomalies,” he said.

He assured that this will be a great year, especially for the crystallization of the “new policies of the new Conacyt” in the face of the requirements and challenges of this fourth transformation.”

The context of the changes

The director of Conacyt He assured that the reason that gives context and support to these decisions is to change “commercialist criteria.” In general, he condemned the current system and the way in which the construction of the system had been handled until today.

“After a diagnosis, we saw that the Conacyt national scholarship application and allocation system operated with distorted purposes and away from the genuine interests of scientific work, propitiating the exclusion of students and entire areas of knowledge,” said Álvarez Buylla, who also assured that this process discriminated.

He said that during neoliberalism educational policies were implemented with “commercialist vision and purposes”, which today is unacceptable, adding that for example, the NPC of the Conacyt, “distorted the academic, scientific nature and the incidence of postgraduate courses, turning it into a privatizing instrument, with the transfer of millionaire public resources to private higher education entities”, which multiplied their postgraduate offers based on professionalizing and profitability criteria in the market, created to cover professional demands of the private sector. Although he said that it is very good, because it strengthens the sector and obeys its interests, this must be financed with private resources.

He added that public policies to privatize education intensified with the “badly named” educational reform that in a “subtle, deaf, profound and disastrous way, led to the dismantling and abandonment of postgraduate courses of academic excellence in public institutions really oriented to education. fundamental, applied or impact research in the country”.

He said that there is a historical bill in priority scientific areas such as physics, mathematics, chemistry, biology, medicine, health sciences and medical specialties. In addition to a “painful lag” for scholarships in the humanities and all creative and artistic disciplines. Letters, music, visual and plastic arts, architecture, design, systematically and being the best in the world, Latin America or the country were left without support from the national program and its universities”.

From his position, he assured that “it is time to end the inertia of neoliberalism in public postgraduate courses that did not contribute to the growth of the country, did not attend to national priorities and did not contribute to the well-being of the majority.”

He then said that we have large universities and public research centers, so that in accordance with the principles and values ​​of the fourth transformation, historic decisions were made that will have repercussions on university students.

Lastly, he added that the details will be made known in the different calls to be published by the Conacyt throughout the year for national postgraduate scholarships and for the Priority Programs of Technological Professional Specialties and scholarships abroad, specifically for doctors who want to specialize or repatriate. He made it clear that current fellows will continue to receive scholarships in accordance with their resource allocation agreements.

How will the process work now?

Edwin Triujeque, director of Scholarships, explained that the application process by the scholarship holder or applicant will be divided into two main areas. On the one hand, the postgraduate coordinators will register the information of the enrollment registered on the platform that indicates the postgraduate address itself. Here there will be two parallel lists, one of those students who already have some support from some instance and the students who do not have any support. “This seeks a sense of co-responsibility so that all institutions participate with us in scholarship coverage.”

Once the information is registered, the scholarship directorate through the sub-directorate of national scholarships will obtain the information of the students considered, then a notification will be received (dated on February 21, 2022), here the students will be able to enter directly to the system and apply without intermediation. Once the application review process concludes, the pre-assignment process is completed, where students will upload their bank account information, after signing the assignment agreement.

He added that the details will be within the call for national scholarships 2022.

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