Master's and PhD in Natural Language Processing

6 years of research without thinking of money

Not a loan  No additional work  Guaranteed by Government

The Natural Language Processing Laboratory of the Center for Computing Research (CIC) of the National Polytechnic Institute (IPN), Mexico City, Mexico, offers a limited number of scholarships to international students for earning Master's or PhD degree in Computer Science with a thesis in the area of Natural Language Processing. After earning a Master's degree, the students are encouraged to apply for the PhD level, and (if they pass; usually they do) the scholarship is extended accordingly.

Topics include, but are not limited to, all areas of Natural Language Processing (NLP), Computational Linguistics (CL), Human Language Technologies (HLT), and related areas. See our publications and defended theses for examples of our research interests.

Amount of scholarship: Master's 600 USD, PhD: 800 USD per month approx (including vacations; here can be updated info in Spanish). This is more than enough for normal living and renting a room in Mexico City. The scholarship is not a loan: you are not expected to return it; no service (such as teaching assistance) is required. Here is my presentation about our scholarships prepared for India (most probably applied to your county, too).

Duration: Master's: up to 2 years (usually extendable to 2.5 years), PhD: up to 4 years.

Type of program: Research. Both programs are oriented to scientific research and publication rather than to improving your programming skills.

Employment: Most of our PhD graduates are employed in academia and governmentally funded research, though there are success stories of employment in top companies. Our MSc students typically continue to the PhD level; those that decided not to continue, are employed in academia or industry.

Admission: here is a description of our admission procedure, but please read on; you will find the same link at the bottom of this page.

Why study at CIC?


* BSc degree or another undergraduate degree equivalent to the licentiate in Mexico, which usually takes 3–5 years to complete and is the highest degree prior to Master's in your country. If in doubt, contact us, providing sufficient information for us to decide.


Convinced. What's the next step?

Contact a professor who you prefer to have as advisor: Alexander Gelbukh, Grigori Sidorov, Ildar Batyrshin, or Hiram Calvo (choose only one please; simultaneous submissions will be rejected). Please include:

If we confirm that we consider you a strong candidate, please follow the steps outlined in my description of our admission procedure (currently I have it mostly for PhD level; ask us for instructions for MSc). Please feel free to contact us if in doubt.