Welcome to the Ciência sem Fronteiras Scholarship program (CsF).
Csf is a scholarship program funded by the Brazilian government with support from the private sector. Its main goal is to promote the consolidation and expansion of science, technology and innovation in Brazil by means of international exchange and mobility. In 2011 the Brazilian government committed to award 101,000 scholarships over four years. In 2014, it announced its intention to award an additional 100,000.
The program focuses mainly on Brazilian post-secondary in science, technology, engineering and mathematics (STEM). It allows them to study abroad for a period of 12 to 16 months at the undergraduate level and also offers possibilities at the doctoral level.
The Canadian Bureau for International Education (CBIE) administers the majority of university-level CsF scholarships in Canada on behalf of CNPq and CAPES, in collaboration with the Association of Universities and Colleges of Canada (AUCC) and Languages Canada.
Tassio Barboza Oliveira and Rafael Zymler at work in an electronics research laboratory
In Canada, there are three scholarship components at the undergraduate level:
• Language training if required
• Two academic terms
• An internship
At the doctoral level, there are also two possibilities for Brazilian students:
• Visiting PhD Student (3-12 months)
• Full PhD (4 years)
Ms. Isabela Parades enjoying outdoors activities
- Best place to live. The United Nations ranked Canada as one of the best places in the world to live, based on Canada’s achievements in terms of educational attainment, life expectancy, national income and general quality of life, among other things.
- Amongst the best places to study. Canada’s universities maintain high standards of academic excellence and are consistently recognized in top international rankings.
- Internationally recognized degrees. Each year hundreds of thousands of international students attend Canadian colleges and universities. Their degrees are recognized around the world as being equivalent to those obtained from the United States or Commonwealth countries.
- A multicultural country. Canada is home to a large number of aboriginal people (First Nations, Inuit and Métis), and over the past century and a half it has welcomed 15 million immigrants. With some 200,000 new immigrants from more than 175 countries arriving every year Canada receives the highest percentage of newcomers in the world relative to its population of over 34 million.
- A safe, stable country. Canada is a peaceful, politically stable, and safe democracy and it is rarely affected by natural disasters. Almost 70 per cent of international students involved in a CBIE survey cited Canada’s reputation as a safe country as an important reason for deciding to study here.
- Excellent health care. Compared to other countries, medical insurance is inexpensive in Canada yet the services that Canadian hospitals provide are among the most advanced and accessible in the world.
- A bilingual country. Learn another language or improve your second language skills. For over a century, Canada’s two official languages, English and French, have been taught as second languages which is why we are world leaders in language training.
- Urban living and an abundance of untouched nature. While there are a number of big cities and exciting places to live, the preservation of a huge amount of unsettled land and a thriving national and provincial parks system is a priority.
- Four distinct seasons. Temperatures – and the amount of snow cover you will see – vary a great deal in Canada. There’s something for everyone, including indoor and outdoor recreational activities at no or low cost. Our four distinct seasons offer variety and their own special pleasures.
- We’re waiting for you. Canadians are welcoming and respectful of differences. Our educational institutions seek out students from abroad and strive to grow their international student population. One thing is for sure – your time in Canada will be something that you will never forget!
Gedimar Pereira Barbosa observing wild mountain sheep in their natural environment.