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Brazil Scientific Mobility Program (Ciências sem Fronteiras)

Program Overview

Brazil’s Ciências sem Fronteiras scholarship program, or Scientific Mobility program aims to further strengthen Brazilian research and promote international research and collaboration and exchange. The ambitious program provides scholarships and fellowship opportunities for study and research outside Brazil in STEM areas—science, technology, engineering, and mathematics—through bilateral higher education agreements with leading international institutions such as Columbia University. 

Brazilian President Dilma Rousseff announced the creation of Program in July 2011.  The program is managed by the Brazilian Federal Agency for Support and Evaluation of Graduate Education (CAPES) in the Ministry of Education, and the National Council for Scientific and Technological Development (CNPq), in the Ministry of Science, Technology, and Innovation.  The Ministry of Foreign Relations (Itamaraty) and its consulates and embassies are also important participants in the execution of the program.

Funding opportunities for Brazilians are available to support undergraduate study abroad, visiting doctoral studies, full PhD degrees, Master´s degrees, post-doctoral training, and specialized training in industry.  The program also includes opportunities for US postdoctoral researchers (Talented Young Scientists) and senior scholars (Special Visiting Researcher) to travel to Brazil to conduct research and collaborate with Brazilian scholars.   

We encourage you to learn more about this innovative initiative, the opportunities available to you and your colleagues, and the application procedures and timelines.  For more information please visit the official Ciências sem Fronteiras site. Additional information can be found on the Lemann Foundation’s website about the program.  

Opportunities for U.S. Scholars

For information on the scope and application process for opportunities for US scientists please see program announcements: Talented Young Scientists (2-3 year postdoctoral fellowships) or Special Visiting Researcher (2-3 year collaborative grants for senior scholars).  The next deadlines for application submission are:

  • June 23, 2014   
  • September 14, 2014

Opportunities for Brazilian Students

The Institute of International Education (IIE) has a website for those interested in undergraduate and Master´s scholarship programs, including information about the program options, the application process, and the requirements.   Additional information about the recently launched Master´s scholarship program can be found on the Ciências sem Fronteiras page on the program.The deadline for the first round of Master´s scholarships is closed.  Please check back later for information about future deadlines (for the 2015-2016 academic year).

For those interested in Ph.D. opportunities, please vist the LASPAU (Academic and Professional Programs for the Americas) website. LASPAU is administering the scholarships of Ph.D. level grantees on behalf of CAPES and CNPq and assists with placement in doctoral degree programs in the United States.

The Brazilian Consulate in New York City also has a manual with FAQs available online.  The manual was developed for current Ciências sem Fronteiras recipients, but contains useful information for potential applicants as well.