From 2011-2016, the Brazil Scientific Mobility Program provided scholarships to undergraduate and graduate students from Brazil for study at colleges and universities in the United States. Scholarships were awarded to students in the Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics (STEM) fields. After completion of an academic year including a summer internship, students returned to Brazil to complete their degrees.
This initiative, administered by IIE, was 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 provided 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 was 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:
- To promote scientific research
- To invest in educational resources, allocated both within Brazil, and internationally
- To increase international cooperation within science and technology
- To initiate and engage students in global dialogue.