Welcome to the Canada-Brazil Ciência sem Fronteiras Scholarship Program
Ciência sem Fronteiras (CsF) is a large-scale nationwide scholarship program primarily funded by the Brazilian federal government with support from the private sector. The main goal of the initiative is to promote the consolidation and expansion of science, technology and innovation in Brazil by means of international exchange and mobility. In placing both undergraduate and graduate students as well as researchers from Brazil in international institutions of excellence around the world, and in inviting their counterparts to Brazil, the strategy aims to create a highly competitive and entrepreneurial environment. With over 100,000 scholarships to be awarded between 2012 and 2016, the program is a joint initiative of Brazil’s Ministry of Education (MEC) and the Ministry of Science,Technology and Innovation (MCTI) through their respective funding agencies – CAPES (the Brazilian Federal Agency for Support and Evaluation of Graduate Education) and CNPq (the National Council for Scientific and Technological Development), representing an investment of close to $2 billion over the four year period.
The Canadian Bureau for International Education (CBIE) in collaboration with the Association of Universities and Colleges of Canada (AUCC) and Languages Canada has an agreement with CAPES and CNPq to administer the majority of the Canadian Ciência sem Fronteiras scholarships. Dedicated CsF staff at CBIE are managing these scholarships. Their services include the Canadian application process, student placement, and orientation sessions. CBIE will also be responsible for the payment of tuition fees to Canadian institutions on behalf of CAPES and/or CNPq.
Students selected for the Canada-Brazil CsF Scholarship Program come to Canada for a duration of 12 to 16 months (12 months for students with acceptance into academic studies, or 16 months for students who require language training). During this time they will complete three to four semesters: September to December; January to April; May to August; and September to December. The first semester is either for language training (if required), or for direct admission into academic studies. The second semester and possibly third semester are for academic studies and the last semester (third or fourth as applicable) is for a research or industry placement.
All CsF students will be assigned a mentor or supervisor who will assist them as they progress through each phase of the scholarship program. This person will generally be someone from the university’s international student office for the first two to three semesters and for the research or industry placement it could be a faculty member, a researcher at the university’s research lab, or a staff member. At the end of the semesters of the CsF scholarship program a mandatory report is to be provided to CBIE, providing an overview of the CsF students’ progress throughout each component of the scholarship program.
The Language Component
Students who require language training will usually complete a maximum of one semester of English as a second language or French as a second language, and, if required, they may take one additional language course during their academic term.
The Academic Component
Students who have completed one semester of language training, or who do not require any language training will enter into full-time academic study, which equals a minimum of four academic courses. All students will complete two academic semesters.
The Research or Industry Placement
All students will complete a mandatory research or industry placement. When possible, the research or industry placement will be provided by the university; otherwise it will be provided by CBIE or through a third party.
Areas of Study
Students participating in CsF Canada will have access to 946 academic programs offered at 97 AUCC member institutions! Areas of study that will be offered through the Ciência sem Fronteiras undergraduate program include:
- Engineering and Other Related Fields
- Physical and Earth Sciences
- Biology, Biomedical and Health Sciences
- Computing and Information Technology
- Aerospace Technology
- Sustainable Agricultural Production
- Oil, Gas and Mineral Coal
- Renewable Energies
- Minerals Technology
- Nanotechnology and New Materials
- Technologies for Prevention and Mitigation of Natural Disasters
- Biodiversity and Bioprospecting
- Marine Sciences
- Creative Industries, if focused on projects and processes of technological development and innovation (architecture, design, software, computer games, electronic publishing, publicity, arts, movie, video, photography, music and performing arts, television, radio, editing)
- New Technologies in Construction Engineering
- Training of Technologists
The agreement between CBIE, AUCC and Languages Canada on the one hand, with CAPES and CNPq on the other, covers the majority of the CsF scholarships awarded for study in Canada. However, there are a few other bilateral agreements in place between Canadian institutions and CAPES and CNPq. For information regarding these particular scholarships, refer directly to the institution in question. If you are interested in studying at the University of Alberta, Université Laval, Dalhousie University or the University of Ottawa, please visit the CALDO consortium website at www.caldo.ca.
Students interested in technological, technical, professional level programs and applied degrees: the Association of Canadian Community Colleges (ACCC) administers a parallel scholarship initiative for students in technological, technical or professional level programs and applied degrees. Please contact Mehdi Abdelwahab at firstname.lastname@example.org for more information.