The University of Alberta has many important relationships and connections in the Americas. Within the region, the countries of the United States, Mexico, and Brazil have strategic institutional importance, and key faculty initiatives also exist in countries such as Peru, Bolivia, and Colombia.

United States of America

A key pillar of UAlberta's engagement with the United States is our active participation in the Canada–U.S Fulbright Program. Over the last 25 years, through the various Canada–U.S Fulbright programs and the Killam Fellowships Program, Fulbright Canada has granted awards to over 100 students and scholars for education exchange both to and from the University of Alberta. A particular highlight is the eight Fulbright Visiting Research Chairs hosted by various faculties at the University of Alberta.

The United States represents a top-five source country for student enrolment at the University of Alberta.


The University of Alberta works closely with a number of important partners in Mexico, including the National Autonomous University of Mexico (UNAM), the Mexican Institute of Petroleum (IMP), the Mexican Center for Innovation in Bioenergy (CEMIE-Bio), and the National Institute of Electricity and Clean Energy (INEEL). In particular, UAlberta and the Instituto Tecnológico y de Estudios Superiores de Monterrey (Tec), also known as Tecnológico de Monterrey, share a number of activities related to mobility, research, education, and other collaboration.

UAlberta is heavily involved in the Mexican energy sector, working on initiatives that range from research and innovation to graduate education and short-term professional development. The majority of the initiatives revolve around collaboration in the hydrocarbon sector, but important linkages also exist in the areas of Carbon Capture Sequestration and Storage (CCUS), Bioenergy, and Grids and Storage.


As part of the Brazilian government's Science Without Borders program, launched in 2012, UAlberta received 230 Brazilian students over a period of four years, strengthening the university's existing connections with Brazil.

More recently, UAlberta has been connecting with Brazilian institutions through the Brazilian government’s CAPES PrInt research internationalization program, which supports faculty and graduate student mobility and research projects.

Through the Worldwide Universities Network, UAlberta has strong ties with the Federal University of Minas Gerais (UFMG). Joint and dual graduate degree programs with the University of São Paulo and University of Campinas (UNICAMP) provide graduate students with opportunities to study in both Canada and Brazil.

UAlberta's Faculty of Nursing maintains strong connections with University of São Paulo’s Ribeirão Preto Medical School, the Federal University of Santa Catarina, and the Federal University of Rio Grande do Sul for both research and graduate education.

Canada–Pacific Alliance Scholarship Program (CPASP)

UAlberta has close relationships with institutions in Latin America through its management of the Canada–Pacific Alliance Scholarship Program (CPASP). The five-year program contributes to the capacity of governments in Pacific Alliance countries (Chile, Colombia, Mexico, Peru) to sustainably manage and regulate their extractive sectors for the benefit of their nations, including not only economic development, but also environmental stewardship, social justice, and gender equality. This program is undertaken with the financial support of the Government of Canada provided through Global Affairs Canada.

Faculty Mobility for Partnership Building Program

Supports Canadian faculty with short-term opportunities to teach or conduct research in Latin America and the Caribbean. Competition details can be found here.

Global Affairs Canada requires that the Canadian postsecondary institution apply on behalf of the candidate(s):

  • Please fill in the UAlberta International (UAI) google form and upload supporting documentation by Monday, November 29, 2021
  • UAI will apply on behalf of the candidate and submit the documentation on the Global Affairs online platform by the deadline of Thursday, December 2, 2021

Any questions about the process, please contact Cristian Gonzalez-Paez, Regional Manager (Americas):

In the "application section" found on the Faculty Mobility for Partnership Building Program, it states "the Canadian institution's International Office (or equivalent) must provide a letter of support explaining how the intended or expanded partnership fits within the institution's broader internationalization priorities". A signed letter of support by the Vice Provost and Associate Vice President International will accompany each application.

Please also note that budget form (a template) is available on the program website under the "application section".

Collaboration with the Mexican Energy Sector

The University of Alberta is heavily invested in the Mexican energy sector, working on initiatives that range from research and innovation, to graduate education and short-term professional development.

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One of the pillars of the relationship with the United States is UAlberta's partnership with Fulbright Canada.

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Regional Manager

Cristian holds a master's degree from Dalhousie University in International Development Studies and holds an undergraduate degree from the University of Alberta. He completed a 5 month post-graduate diploma from the FLACSO, Cuba Program between undergraduate and graduate degrees.

Cristian has previously worked as Resident Coordinator for the School of International Training (SIT) for the Cuba: Culture, Community Study Abroad Program during his master's degree. In 2008 he worked for the Faculty of Arts and Science, University of Toronto in International Relations and Recruitment focusing most of his efforts in the United States, India and China. Since 2011 he has held the position of Regional Manager (Americas) for University of Alberta.

Cristian is fluent in Spanish and has extensive experience in managing partnerships in the Americas.


Cristian Gonzalez-Paez
Regional Manager (Americas)

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