Carlos Slim Scholars

Slim Scholars posing for photo

GW's Carlos Slim Scholars Program, established in October 2012 with a gift from the Fundación Carlos Slim, awards full, merit-based tuition scholarships to top Mexican students enrolled in two-year master’s degree programs in engineering and international affairs. Under the guidance of academic advisors and professional mentors, Slim Scholars make connections with public and private sector institutions, interact with influential political and thought leaders, and engage in hands-on learning through internships, travel opportunities and culturally enriching activities. The goal of this special partnership is to inform and empower future leaders of Mexico to bring about positive, lasting change that will improve the quality of life for all citizens.


About Carlos Slim Helu


Carlos Slim is a businessman and philanthropist recognized in his native Mexico and around the world for his efforts in promoting education, alleviating poverty and improving the human condition. Trained as an engineer at the National Autonomous University of Mexico, Mr. Slim is the recipient of numerous academic, professional and civic honors, among them the President’s Medal and an honorary doctorate degree from GW, the Red Cross Badge of Honor and Merit, and the Clinton Global Citizen Award.  


Award Process


Candidates must be graduates of a Mexican university and have been accepted for admission to a two-year master’s degree program in the School of Engineering and Applied Science or Elliott School of International Affairs. Scholars are selected from among the top applicants to designated programs and are nominated by the admissions committee. Strong candidates will have:

  • An excellent academic record, as evidenced by undergraduate GPA and performance on relevant entrance exams
  • Demonstrated career or undergraduate leadership experience
  • Top ranking in a competitive interview process, depending upon the procedures of the selected school or program


Final determination of Slim Scholar awardees is made by a special committee within the university. There is no separate application for the Carlos Slim Scholar award.

To learn more about GW master's degree programs open to Slim Scholars and application procedures for each, please contact the admissions offices for the School of Engineering and Applied Science or the Elliott School of International Affairs.