Ciência sem Fronteiras: Brazil's Scientific Mobility Program - NAFSA

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1 Volume 10, Issue 1 March 2013 Cincia sem Fronteiras: Brazils Scientific Mobility Program Craig E. Hastings, former deputy director, LASPAU: Academic & Professional Programs for the Americas; with contributions from Carl DeAngelis, director, English and Preacademic Programs, Institute for International Education; Frederico Menino, Department of Educational Cooperation, Consulate-General of Brazil in New York; and Martyn J. Miller, senior director, International Services and Global Programs, Temple University Brazilian President Dilma Rousseff announced the creation of the Cincia sem Fronteiras (translated as Science without Borders in English) Scholarship Program in July 2011, which is now known as the Brazil Scientific Mobility Program, with the objective of investing in the training of highly qualified personnel and providing them with the skills and knowledge necessary for working in a knowledge economy. The goal of the program is to award 101,000 scholarships by 2015 for study in priority areas in top quality institutions outside Brazil, making it one of the largest sponsored student programs to be announced in recent years and one of the largest ever from Latin America. This publication has been developed Seventy-five thousand scholarships will be funded by a Brazilian by NAFSA members for use by their government investment of more than U.S. $2.4 billion, while the colleagues. No part of this newsletter private sector has committed to funding the remaining 26,000 may be reproduced without written permission from NAFSA: Association scholarships. Nearly 20,000 scholarships have already been awarded of International Educators. for study in over 12 countries including: Australia, Belgium, Canada, France, Germany, Italy, the Netherlands, Portugal, South The opinions expressed in IEM Spotlight solely reflect those of the Korea, Spain, the United Kingdom, and the United States. authors and do not necessarily reflect those of NAFSA: Association of The scholarship program in Brazil is being managed by two International Educators. IEM Spotlight government funding agencies: the Brazilian Federal Agency for and NAFSA neither endorse nor are Support and Evaluation of Graduate Education (CAPES), which is responsible for the accuracy of content and/or opinions expressed. attached to the Ministry of Education; and the National Council for Scientific and Technological Development (CNPq), which attached to the Ministry of Science, Technology, and Innovation. The two agencies have signed agreements with governments, universities, research institutes, and NGOs in the 12 countries IEM Spotlight 1 Volume 10, Issue 1 March 2013

2 mentioned above to facilitate study abroad in those countries. In the United States, the undergraduate portion of the program is being administered by the Institute of International Education (IIE), while the full PhD program is being administered by LASPAU: Academic & Professional Programs for the Americas. The first cohort of more than 600 undergraduate students from the program arrived in the United States in spring 2012. IIE is expecting a fourth cohort of approximately 2,500 students to begin their programs fall 2013. LASPAU is now in the process of placing students in PhD programs for the fall 2013 semester. IIE is also managing all the English language training for the undergraduate program. So far more than 300 students have come to study English at 50 Intensive English Programs (IEPs) in the United States. More are anticipated for spring, summer, and fall 2013. In addition to the roles played by CAPES, CNPQ, LASPAU, and IIE, the consulates and embassies of Brazil play a very important role in the Brazil Scientific Mobility Program, particularly seen in the active participation of the Ministry of Foreign Relations (Itamaraty) in the execution of the program. The program, in comparison with most bilateral higher education agreements established previously between Brazilian and foreign academic institutions, has a much stronger structure. The program is administered jointly by three Ministries: the Ministry of Education (through the Brazilian Federal Agency for Support and Evaluation of Graduate Education, CAPES); the Ministry of Science, Technology, and Innovation (through the National Council for Scientific and Technological Development, CNPq); and the Ministry of Foreign Relations (through the local support provided by consulates and embassies around the world). Moreover, President Rousseffs personal commitment to the program since its inception has been decisive for the legal consolidation of the program (Federal Decree #7.642, from December 2011), its present success, and its future sustainability. As for the practical role of the consulates, educational departments that were created last year in nine consulates in the United States and other posts in Europe and Asia are responsible for a variety of activities. Among them are local support to students, professors, and researchers studying or working within each consulate's jurisdiction; organization of seminars, meetings, and lectures involving scholarship participants and foreign scholars/institutions; local support to partner agencies (such as IIE and LASPAU); promotion of Brazilian universities abroad; fostering academic agreements between these offices them and their foreign counterparts; and assistance to foreign scholars and institutions interested in collaborating with Brazil's research and higher education sector. The Brazil Scientific Mobility Program is offering scholarships in five different modalities for study outside of Brazil, including undergraduate study abroad, visiting doctoral studies, postdoctoral training, full PhD degrees, and specialized training in industry. The program will also provide scholarships for talented young scientists and special visiting scholars to come to Brazil. The planned breakdown for the awarding of the 75,000 scholarships into these different modalities is as follows. IEM Spotlight 2 Volume 10, Issue 1 March 2013

3 Modality Duration Number of Scholarships 6-12 months (up to 15 months if language Undergraduate study abroad 27,100 training included) Visiting doctoral studies 3-12 months 24,600 Post-doctoral training 6-12 months (renewable to 24 months) 11,560 Full PhD degrees 4 years 9,790 Talented Young Scientists (to Brazil) Up to 3 years 860 Specialized Training in Industry 4-12 months 700 Special Visiting Researcher (to Brazil) At least 1 month per year for at least 3 years 390 TOTAL 75,000 Several of the scholarships can also include up to three months of language training if needed. The priority areas for the program are STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering, and Math) fields including: engineering and related technologies earth sciences and exact sciences biology, biological sciences, and health sciences computer science and information technology aerospace technology pharmaceutical sciences sustainable agricultural production petroleum, gas, and coal renewable energies mineral technology biotechnology nanotechnology and new materials technologies for the prevention and mitigation of natural disasters biodiversity and bioprospecting ocean sciences creative industries (focused on products and processes for technological development and innovation) new technologies for construction engineering training of technologists If your institution is interested in hosting Brazil Scientific Mobility Program students, you can find more information on the IIE and LASPAU websites: www.iie.org/Programs/Brazil-Science-Without-Borders www.laspau.harvard.edu/current-programs/host-science-without-borders More information on the Brazil Scientific Mobility Program can be found on the English language page of the programs website: www.cienciasemfronteiras.gov.br/web/csf-eng/home IEM Spotlight 3 Volume 10, Issue 1 March 2013

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