The Brazilian government's Brazil Scientific Mobility Program will provide scholarships to undergraduate students from Brazil for one year of study at colleges and universities in the United States. Scholarships will be given primarily to students in the Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics (STEM) fields. Students in the program will return to Brazil to complete their degrees.
This initiative, administered by IIE, is part of the Brazilian government's larger effort to grant 100,000 scholarships for the best students from Brazil to study abroad at the world’s top universities. The program will provide a substantive exchange experience at a U.S. college or university to a diverse group of emerging Brazilian student leaders to widen the academic and research exchange between the U.S. and Brazil. This initiative is the result of joint efforts from two sponsoring organizations, CAPES and CNPq.
CAPES - Coordenação de Aperfeiçoamento de Pessoal de Nível Superior (CAPES) is an organization within the Ministry of Education in Brazil devoted to the evaluation and expansion of higher education in Brazil. Many of the projects financed by CAPES includes services that provide an opportunity for graduate students to have a hands on experience and apply their skills to test. Their programs range from focusing their studies in the Amazon to expanding their knowledge in nanotechnology.
CNPq- Conselho Nacional de Desenvolvimento Científico e Tecnológico (CNPq) is an organization within the Ministry of Science and Technology devoted to the advancement of scientific research and technology and the formation of human resources for research in Brazil. They have many programs aimed to concentrate in the environmental issues of the nation as well as engaging in the genetic and biotechnology field with neighboring countries to Brazil.
CAPES/CNPq program goals are:
1. Promotion of Scientific Research
2. Investment and funding for education resources allocated both within Brazil and outside of the country
3. Increase the international cooperation within the Scientific and Technological scope
4. Initiate and engage students in a global dialogue within the parameters of international education
Colleges and universities interested in hosting students through Science Without Borders should contact the Brazil Scientific Mobility Program.
More infromation can also be found on the CAPES/CNPQ Science Without Borders website.