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Fondo para el Desarrollo de Recursos Humanos (FIDERH)

FIDERH is a federal trust managed by the Central Bank of Mexico to offer affordable loans to Mexican students to finance their graduate studies, for instance the University of Twente in the Netherlands.


To obtain the loan the students have to participate in one of the application periods published on the FIDERH website. Generally, there are three calls for application each year in December, March and May, subject to the budget availability. Scholars can send their applications from Mexico or also from abroad as FIDERH also finances studies that students have already started.


  • Applicable to all UT master and PhD study programmes
  • Also applicable to studies already under way
  • No administrative costs
  • No payments and no interests during studies
  • Students receive the resources in Euros and pay back in Mexican pesos
  • Students start paying back the loan one year after graduation
  • Pay back over 10 years time
  • Discount in interest payments if the loan is paid on time and students return to work in Mexico
  • Interest payments are forgone if students return to work in a Mexican University as a researcher or professor


Publication of the results of the present application round will be made on 26 March 2021.

Detailed information.

Detailed information FIDERH in Spanish

Scholarship value

NOTE: This is a loan scheme, not a scholarship!

financial scheme

The financial scheme is divided in three stages:

Studying period

The students receive either quarterly, semester or annual stipends to cover tuition fees, living expenses or medical insurance. During this period, students do not reimburse any of the loan and there is no interest accumulated on your loan.

Grace period

After finishing your studies, FIDERH allows a 12 month grace period, meaning you will not have to reimburse any of the loan instalments in the first year.

Payment period

Students have ten years to pay back the loan in 40 quarterly installments. Students who pay on time, are eligible to receive a discount or a cancellation in the interest rate. They also can make advanced payments without penalties.



Maximum length



24 months

200,000 MXN (or equivalent in Euro's) per year


36 months

Eligible programmes AND COUNTRies

Master's programmes
Applied Mathematics

As an applied mathematician, you occupy a key position in the scientific world. Through mathematical models, you grasp the essence of a problem and see links between seemingly unrelated phenomena.

Applied Physics

Apply yourself to one of the oldest fields of science: physics. Gain fundamental insights into your own research field while honing your research skills.

Biomedical Engineering

Biomedical Engineering is about the design and development of healthcare technology to improve lives: from rehabilitation robots and artificial organs, to imaging techniques and prosthetics.

Business Administration

In today’s evolving world it makes no sense to do business as usual. This Master’s turns you into an innovative, entrepreneurial business leader who prepares businesses for the challenges of tomorrow.

Business Information Technology

This Master’s helps you to become an expert in IT-based business innovation, able to devise new services and radically improve the way businesses work with the use of IT.

Chemical Science & Engineering

This Master’s will help you to develop novel chemical processes, materials and molecules and contribute to innovations that benefit our society in areas such as health, water, food and sustainability.

Civil Engineering & Management

If you are eager to focus on both the technical and non-technical aspects of civil engineering projects and systems, then the Master’s in Civil Engineering and Management is the programme for you.

Computer Science

Computer Science is omnipresent in modern society. Latest hardware and software developments are crucial in domains such as social media, security, health, energy, ICT systems, finance and telecom.

Construction Management & Engineering

Complex, innovative and multidisciplinary projects in a dynamic environment require a new breed of engineers who are able to expertly combine engineering knowledge with management skills.

Electrical Engineering

This master's challenges you to develop new methods and technologies for high-tech electronics-based systems in nanotechnology, robotics, electronics, telecommunication or biomedical systems.

Embedded Systems

This master’s focuses on the design of embedded systems: the hardware and software that control a device, process or system, e.g. smart phones, pacemakers, chip sets or navigation systems.

Environmental & Energy Management

The one-year, English-taught Environmental & Energy Management Master’s will equip you to lead, manage and govern socio-technological change processes related to energy, water and the environment.

European Studies

Managing Europe is a complex challenge. The Master’s in European Studies gives you the expertise to operate in this fascinating environment where various levels of government come together.

Geo-information Science and Earth Observation

This programme takes an application-oriented approach to collecting, processing, analyzing and visualizing spatial data. Graduates are at the forefront of one of today’s fastest growing industries.

Health Sciences

The programme focusses on the use of technology and innovation for improving healthcare.

Industrial Design Engineering

Combine design and engineering in creating innovative products that enrich people’s lives. During this two-year Master’s, you learn to optimise both products and the development processes involved.

Industrial Engineering & Management

Become a creative, multidisciplinary manager with both technological know-how and engineering and management skills and optimise processes and solve problems in complex, globally active organisations.

Interaction Technology

Interaction Technology combines principles from electrical engineering and IT with the analysis of human behaviour and storytelling.

Mechanical Engineering

Mechanical engineers focus on the design, analyses and maintenance of machinery, structures and products. The Master’s programme in Mechanical Engineering zooms in on one of these disciplines.


The two-year MSc programme in Nanotechnology focuses on the design, creation and study of functional materials, structures, devices and systems by directly controlling matter on the nanometre scale.

Philosophy of Science, Technology & Society

Philosophy of Science, Technology and Society is the premier Master's programme for learning how to critically analyse and assess the impact of scientific and technological developments on society.


What makes people act the way they do? And how can we use psychological expertise to solve real-life problems? You will tackle these questions and more in the Master’s programme in Psychology.

Public Administration

In this one-year, English-taught Master’s, you will combine public administration with 21st-century skills and cross-disciplinary, technology-oriented research in a societal domain you care about.

Spatial Engineering

The Master’s programme Spatial Engineering prepares you to address major multi-level spatial problems with a combination of technical and socio-economic knowledge.

Sustainable Energy Technology

Do you feel called upon to make a valuable contribution to the sustainable energy transition? Become an expert in the development, implementation and integration of sustainable energy technologies.

Systems & Control

This two-year master’s programme teaches you how to control the behaviour of dynamic phenomena and systems in interaction with their environment.

Technical Medicine

We educate a new kind of technical-medical professional who improves patient safety, diagnosis, and treatment through the innovative use of medical technology in direct patient care.

Water Technology

Solving global water problems requires a multidisciplinary approach of knowledge and skills. That is why the Wetsus Insitute and three Dutch universities offer a joint degree in Water Technology.

Countries eligible for this scholarship
  • Mexico

Application requirements

  • Application for a FIDERH loan is a separate procedure from the application for admission at the University of Twente. Regardless of funding, you will need to be admitted to a UT study programme first
  • You must be unconditionally admitted to one of the UT Master or PhD programmes
  • You must already have obtained a Bachelor's degree
  • You comply with the conditions for obtaining an entry visa in the Netherlands (if applicable)
  • You comply with the general English language test requirement Academic IELTS 6.5 (or TOEFL iBT of 90)
  • You need support from a co-signer
  • Read carefully the latest "convocatoria" on the FIDERH webpage

How to apply

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