Program Sponsors

About the Program

The Brazil Scientific Mobility Program provides scholarships to undergraduate and graduate students from Brazil for study at colleges and universities in the United States. Scholarships are awarded to students in the Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics (STEM) fields. After completion of an academic year, students 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 to the best students from Brazil for study abroad at the world’s top universities. The program provides an exchange experience at a U.S. college or university to a diverse group of emerging Brazilian student leaders, widening 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 is an organization within the Brazilian Ministry of Education. It is primarily concerned with the following activities: the evaluation of programs at Brazilian institutions of higher learning; and the awarding of grants and scholarships related to education.

CNPq - Conselho Nacional de Desenvolvimento Científico e Tecnológico is an organization within the Brazilian Ministry of Science and Technology. It is primarily concerned with the advancement of scientific research and technology.

CAPES/CNPq program goals are:

1. To promote scientific research;
2. To invest in educational resources, allocated both within Brazil, and internationally;
3. To increase international cooperation within science and technology;
4. To initiate and engage students in global dialogue.

Colleges and universities interested in hosting undergraduate grantees should contact the Brazil Scientific Mobility Program.

Learn more by visiting the CAPES/CNPQ Brazil Scientific Mobility Program website

The Undergraduate Academic Program

The Undergraduate Academic Program is designed to offer students from Brazil an opportunity to pursue study in mostly STEM fields (Science, Technology, Engineering and Math) for 12 months at colleges and universities in the United States. Grantees will return to complete their degrees in Brazil. This is a non-degree program for two academic semesters or three quarters, with the opportunity for some students to participate in pre-academic Intensive English Programs. Grantees will begin their academic coursework in either the Spring semester or Fall semester of each year. The grantees are also required to complete an internship during the summer months of their programs.


The Undergraduate Intensive English Program Component

The Intensive English component of the Brazil Scientific Mobility Program provides English language training to BSMP grantees with TOEFL scores generally ranging between 437-550 ITP/ 40-79 iBT. Based on their levels, grantees are placed into either a 4- or 6-month long-term program of Intensive English or a 6- to 8-week summer short-term intensive English program.

The Intensive English Programs offer a valuable opportunity for grantees to acclimate to the U.S. before the academic year begins. Grantees benefit from interacting with international peers on campus, learning about American culture, and (most importantly!) improving English language skills through immersion, both inside and outside of the classroom. English training is a key component in ensuring that these students have a successful overall program experience.


The Graduate Academic Program

The Graduate Academic Program is designed to offer students from Brazil the opportunity to pursue terminal master’s degrees in applied technology and sciences fields, especially those advancing innovation and creativity. The grant allows for up to two years of study in colleges and universities in the United States. Grantees are required to complete an internship, preferably during the summer months of their degree programs, and to produce a thesis or engage in a capstone experience. Grantees will begin their master’s programs in Fall 2014 and are expected to complete them by June 2016.

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