Master's and PhD in Natural Language Processing
6 years of research without
worrying about money
Not a loan • No additional
workload • Guaranteed by the Government
How to study Master's or PhD abroad? How to study in the
Americas? Where to study natural language processing? How to publish scientific
articles in top journals? Where to get good scholarship for Master's or PhD?
Looking for fully funded Master's or PhD position?
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
(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
PhD: 800 USD per month approx (including
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. More details on it can be found in my
about our scholarships.
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: see a description of our
admission procedure, but please read on;
you will find the same link at the bottom of this page.
More details: see
my presentation on our scholarships
(and here in Spanish),
in which I give some calculations, comment on whether the country is dangerous
(no, it is not!), and present details about our NLP Laboratory.
Why study at CIC?
Certification: Both our PhD and Master's programs are on the list
of very few programs in Mexico certified by the Government as international-level
European or Asian university diploma via our double degree
programs: you get our scholarship but are graduated from a European or
Asian university with which we have double graduation agreement (this
option is now in process of formalization and may not yet be available).
Elite: CIC is an elite research center, the
leading national research center in Computer Science and probably the
best Computer Science research center in Latin America (except maybe
Future: Almost all of our
PhD graduates are lecturers
or researchers in good universities, some with
degree. Most of them have achieved for their
productivity an important certification of
National Researcher of Mexico.
Many of our Master's graduates
continue to study for
PhD degree, some with us and some in Europe, e.g., in
UK or France.
Quality: Many of our students received
four of them received a
Gold Medal from the hands of the President of the
country and one even received the
Microsoft Research Latin America Fellowship.
Contacts: We actively collaborate with excellent research groups
in Europe, USA, Asia, Africa, and Latin America.
Opportunities: Many of our students have passed
Microsoft, Oracle, Yahoo!, Xerox, etc., as well as universities in US,
UK, Canada, Austria, Greece, Singapore, etc. We give funding for internships at best
Winning: Our students have
won international competitions
of systems and algorithms.
Advisors: Our professors have excellent
publication record, are academicians of the Mexican Academy of Science and
National Researchers of Mexico
at the excellence levels 3 (highest), and have also received important awards.
Funding: Our students are provided funding for
attending conferences (on the national territory and in some cases
abroad), as well as for publishing in top journals that require payment.
Activities: Our students participate in
organization of large international conferences such as
MICAI and help their advisors in
other important activities, such as editing prestigious journals: CyS,
of which professors of our Laboratory are Editors-in-Chief.
Ambience: We have an international team of
professors and students. Our PhD program has professors from
and our Laboratory has or has had students from
Our professors are supervising or have supervised theses in
Friendly atmosphere: Our professors are helpful
and our students are friendly; we all are good friends.
Freedom: Our students choose the topic they like; we will adapt
to your interests. We are also liberal as to attending, days or exams,
Tourism: Mexico is a very interesting and exotic country, rich in
history, culture, and nature. Come to see something different from your
Eternal summer: In the middle of winter frosts in the North, you will
enjoy sun and palms. Never cold and almost never too hot.
Need more reasons? Come and find out for yourself.
- Publications at important conferences or journals.
- International research stays in top universities and companies.
- Obtaining a diploma of a European or Asian university via a double
degree program (expected).
- Upon graduation, entering a PhD program, with us or in other leading universities.
- Strong publication record in top journals.
- International research stays in top universities and companies.
- Obtaining a diploma of a European or Asian university via a double degree
degree and other national and international awards.
- Upon graduation, obtaining the title of
Researcher of Mexico or equivalent in your country.
- Strong interest, self-motivation, independence
in learning and research.
- Research interest specifically in Natural Language Processing or
related areas, according to the research topic you suggest.
- Absolute determination to finish the program: once admitted, you
must finish the program and receive the degree.
- Programming or scripting skills (application level) are required,
though in case of PhD could be waived, with willing to learn a programming
language such as Python.
- Familiarity with basics of computer science, such as data structures,
algorithms, programming languages; good knowledge of programming techniques is
a big plus.
- Good knowledge of English: reading and writing in scientific-technical domain.
- Willing to publish scientific papers in top journals. Willing to
acquire writing and publication culture. For PhD, publication in ISI JCR-indexed
journals is required for graduation.
- Willing to participate in the activities of the Lab, such as
organization of conferences, and in general willing to help is a plus.
- Willing to learn some Spanish words is a plus: it would simplify your
life here. Knowing Spanish
in advance is not required.
- Patience: applying for an international program may require
considerable paperwork, including certified translations, etc.
- Finished previous degree with good scores: for Master's, finished BSc
degree; for PhD,
finished Master's degree (though strong candidates might be admitted with BSc
Convinced. What's the next step?
Contact a professor who you prefer to have as advisor:
Ildar Batyrshin, or
Hiram Calvo (choose only one;
if we discover that you applied to more than one without clearly notifying both of them of this fact,
you will be rejected immediately).
- CV with your complete publication record (if any) and skills
(if any), among other relevant data. Attaching the previous degree's
certificate and score transcripts would be useful.
- Why do you want to work in the area of NLP? What do you know about it, or
what is your experience in related topics?
- Why specifically do you want
to study at CIC? What do you expect from it?
- What are your plans after you graduate? For example, if you apply for
Master's, do you plan to continue to PhD?
- Look at our
awards page; will your name shine on it at some moment? How will you
help us to further improve the share of our students getting honors and awards?
- Topic: do you have any specific idea for your thesis? If so, please
give us some details. A separate document with a research proposal is a plus,
especially for PhD, but can be done later.
If we confirm that we consider you a strong candidate, please follow the
steps outlined in my description of our
(currently I wrote it mostly for PhD level; ask us for instructions for MSc). Please
feel free to contact us if in doubt.
Alexander Gelbukh. See this information
in other languages.