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Ciência sem Fronteiras

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 18 months at the undergraduate level and also offers possibilities at the doctoral and postdoctoral levels.

The program is funded by the National Council for Scientific and Technological Development (CNPq) and the Brazilian Federal Agency for Support and Evaluation of Graduate Education (CAPES).

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.

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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 and postdoctoral levels, there are also three possibilities for Brazilian student:

• Visiting PhD Student (3-12 months)
• Full PhD (4 years)
• Post-doctorate (6-24 months)

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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!

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Gedimar Pereira Barbosa observing wild mountain sheep in their natural environment.

Danielle Lombardi de Mattos (#1972) - 2 small“As part of the training offered by the company, one of the most exciting activities that I participated in was a field trip to visit other plants. My supervisor took me and another colleague to visit one of the biggest cement plants in North America, Bowmanville Cement Plant – St Marys Cement, and also to a sand mine from where the aggregates for concrete production are extracted. I learned how the cement is produced, including all the stages of the process, from the extraction of the limestone to the final product.”

Danielle Lombardi de Mattos attended the University of Toronto where she studied civil engineering. In Brazil she attends the Universidade Estadual Paulista “Júlio de Mesquita Filho.”

Tiago-Sigahi“I am completing an internship at SKF, a world leading company in bearing technology. It is the first job of my life and it has been one of the best experiences I have had. I have had the opportunity to work on different projects, allowing me to use my creativity, present ideas and put into practice what I have studied in Brazil and in Canada. The job has many challenges, but the key to succeeding is working hard every day. This opportunity is opening many doors for me and I am very grateful not only for the opportunity, but for the investments made ​​in me and each person who has helped make this possible.”

Tiago Fonseca Albuquerque Cavalcanti Sigahi is a student of production engineering. He attended the University of Regina and did his internship at SKF Edmonton. Back in Brazil he studies at the Federal University of São Carlos.

Talita Rodrigues Brilhante“Studying environmental science requires a lot of knowledge in various environmental areas. The opportunity to work in microbiology, specifically with algae cultures, gave me a new outlook about how such small things could help to recover the environment. I’m having a wonderful experience living in Canada. I chose the best country to help to improve my personal and professional life.”

Talita Rodrigues Brilhante studied at the University of Guelph, where she did a research internship. her home university is the Federal University of Ceará.

Diogo Ferreira Vaz “I am really grateful to have received this opportunity from CBIE and McIntosh Perry Consulting Engineers. This placement not only provided me with a good experience in an environmental engineering workplace but also with the chance to make good friends and work with an amazing team. I faced good challenges and problems that helped me learn a lot about my field of study.”

A student of environmental engineering at the Fluminense Federal University in Brazil, Diogo Ferreira Vaz attended Carleton University during his scholarship.

Rafael Medeiros Ribeiro“Working as an intern in the Haliburton County Forest (ON) is the closest one can get to the full experience of being in touch with the beautiful Canadian boreal forests. In this research placement I was able to work with people who shared the same interests in understanding the dynamics behind ecological process that rule forest environments. Observing and collecting data from a remote forested land contributed to my development as a forester as well as opening my eyes to the various possibilities of future projects. In summary, the simple fact of being surrounded by fascinating lakes and wildlife makes this research an unforgettable experience.”

Rafael Medeiros Ribeiro takes environmental studies at the Rural Federal University of Rio de Janeiro. He studied at the University of Toronto where he did his research internship at the Faculty of Forestry.

João Victor Alvaia de Oliveira“Being a veterinary medicine student in Brazil, I conducted my research placement with INRS. During my placement we conducted field trials on the population of harbor seals in the St. Lawrence River, a species once near extinction in this area. We put GPS tracking devices on the seals to follow their movements and survival over the winter months. We also took fat and blood samples to test for toxins that may be compromising the ecosystem within which these animals live. Our primary goal is to preserve these magnificent animals and provide the next generation a chance to see them in the wild!”

From the Federal University of Bahia, João Victor Alvaia de Oliveira (Victor) took veterinary medicine at the University of Guelph, and did his internship at the Institut national de recherche scientifique (INRS) in Québec.

Luiz Augusto Da Costa Gazotto
“This past summer I worked for the Nova Scotia Crop Development Institute (NSCDI) as a summer research assistant in Truro, Nova Scotia. My team worked with field trials that involved seeding date, fertilizer response, cultivar evaluation, and disease resistance. We ran trials for big companies such as Monsanto, Syngenta, and Pioneer, as well as for other regional seed companies and our own field trials. My team was also responsible for management practices, including counting and organizing seeds, weighing out fertilizer for different trials, pesticide applications, mowing pathways between replications, conducting disease and pest assessment, and assisting in harvesting. This opportunity provided me with countless experiences – it was just magnificent. I will never forget this experience, which has changed my life forever.”

Luiz Augusto Gazotto is a future agronomist. In Brazil, he studies at the Universade Estadual Paulista. In Canada, he attended the Nova Scotia Agricultural College. His internship host was the Nova Scotia Crop Development Institute.

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