Ciência sem Fronteiras


ciencia Ciência sem Fronteiras


Ministry of Science, Technology and Innovation (MCTI) and Ministry of Education (MEC), Brazil


Brazilian and foreign undergraduate, graduate and PhD students

Funding Scheme:

Public and private Funds


To promote scientific research, invest and fund educational resources within Brazil and outside of the country, increasing international cooperation in science and technology


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 and fund educational resources within Brazil and outside of the country, increase international cooperation in science and technology, and initiate and engage students in a global dialogue through international education. Scholarships are awarded for study in more than 12 countries including: Australia, Belgium, Canada, France, Germany, Italy, the Netherlands, Portugal, South Korea, Spain, the United Kingdom, and the United States. The United States currently hosts the largest number of students, followed by France, Portugal, and Spain. The program offers scholarships in five different categories including: undergraduate, visiting doctoral studies, full Ph.D. degrees, post-doctoral training, and specialized training in industry. The initiative also offers fellowships to young scientists and visiting researchers from other countries to study or conduct research in Brazil. “This program has allowed me to leave my ‘comfort zone’ and experience life abroad, living with different people and cultures. One of my goals is to attain fluency in English. What I like most about the program is that I am able to focus uniquely on my academic studies. In Brazil it is common to work during the school year, but thanks to this program I have been able to spend more time studying and living the university life.” Marcelo Blaz, Pontificia Universidade Catόlica de Rio Grande do Sul, Brazil said


Ministérios da Ciência, Tecnologia e Inovação (MCTI), Emi Bloco E – Brasília – DF, 70067-900, Brazil, Tel. +55 61 2033-7500,


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