2013 Briefing Paper: Brazil Scientific Mobility Program

Brazil Scientific Mobility Undergraduate Program in the United States

A New Phase in U.S.-Brazil Educational Exchange (2013)

In July 2011, Brazilian President Dilma Rousseff announced the creation of a new scholarship program known as Ciência sem Fronteiras, a multiyear initiative to send 75,000 fully funded Brazilian students abroad for training in the science, technology, engineering, and math (STEM) fields, with an additional 25,000 scholarships expected to be funded by the private sector. This initiative is coordinated jointly by the Brazilian Ministry of Science and Technology’s National Council for Scientific and Technological Development (CNPq) and the Ministry of Education’s Federal Agency for the Support and Evaluation of Graduate Education (CAPES).

The program was created to promote scientific research, invest in and fund educational resources within Brazil and outside of the country, increase international cooperation in science and technology, and engage students in a global dialogue through international education. Scholarships are awarded for study in 30 countries. The United States currently hosts the largest number of students, followed by France, the United Kingdom, and Canada.

This report provides an overview of the Brazil Scientific Mobility Undergraduate Program and presents a snapshot of current trends and statistics, including:

  • Number of Brazilian Undergraduate Scholarship Students in the United States
  • Top U.S. Host States
  • Top U.S. Host Institutions
  • Fields of Study
  • Brazilian Sending Institutions
  • Academic Training (Internships) and Corporate Partners
  • Intensive English Training

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