Science without Borders - Brazil

Science without bordersThe Brazilian Science Without Borders program is a large-scale, nationwide scholarship programme that is primarily funded by the Brazilian federal government. The program seeks to strengthen and expand Brazilian education in the areas of science, technology, innovation and competitiveness; by providing opportunities for international studying to undergraduate and graduate students, and researchers.

The program is a joint effort of the Brazilian Ministry of Education and the Ministry of Science and Technology, through their respective funding agencies: CAPES and CNPq. The overarching goal of the programme is to qualify 100,000 Brazilian students and researchers in top universities worldwide through 2014.

Areas of Interest

The program’s areas of interest are primarily the STEM fields (science, technology, engineering, mathematics).

Opportunities for Brazilian Students

  • Undergraduate “Sandwich”
  • Graduate “Sandwich”
  • Full Doctorate
  • Post Doctorate

Brazilian candidates should meet the following requirements:

  • to be enrolled in a higher level course in one of the STEM fields
  • to have the Brazilian nationality
  • to have completed at least 20% and at most 90% of the study plan at the start of the mobility
  • to have an excellent profile, based on good academic performance according to the IHE criteria
  • to present TOEFL (Test of English as Foreign Language) in the iBT (Internet Based Test) modality with minimum score of 79 or PBT (Paper Based Test ) modality with minimum score of 550, or IELTS (International English Language Testing System) certificate with minimum of 6.0

Opportunities for European candidates

Two profiles are eligible:

  • Young Talent: Post-doctorate students that work abroad and have excelled in their scientific or technological career are eligible to receive funding and resources to perform a two to three year-long research project in Brazil. The host research group would also receive funds. An international call for proposals will be periodically and internationally disclosed, and the programme anticipates the availability for at least 100 young researchers on annual basis.
  • Special Visiting Researcher: Senior researchers who are internationally recognized in their field of science are encouraged to collaborate with Brazilian research groups, and to work in Brazil for up to three months each year for a period of two to three years. Doctoral and post-doctorate students will be supported to work in the project both in Brazil and abroad. These individuals will receive financial support for living expenses in Brazil and funding for the local laboratory.

Application procedure

Undegraduate students

Deadline for application: 2 March 2015

Students are selected through calls for proposals, which will be announced by CAPES and CNPq. The applications will be first evaluated by CNPq and then by Ghent University.

PhD and Post-doc researchers

Applications are directed directly to CNPq and Ghent University, there are no specific calls for these categories.

More info

Contact (undergraduate students)
+32 9 264 70 21 (PhD, post-doc researchers)
+32 9 264 98 14