Study Abroad: STEM Exchanges, Scholarships, and Fellowships in Brazil for Graduate Students

Fellowship Programs for Graduate Students

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U.S graduate students can apply for the Boren Scholarships to learn a foreign language and study abroad (in any country outside of USA, Western Europe, Canada, Australia, or New Zealand.) Applications can be made for a summer program (minimum 8 weeks; for Science, Technology, Engineering and Math- STEM students only), a semester or a full academic year. All students are expected to have a significant language component as part of their proposed study abroad. In exchange for the scholarship funding, selected candidates must agree to the NSEP Service Requirement.

Agencies Involved: National Security Education Program (NSEP); Institute of International Education (IIE)

Key Dates: 2014 application deadline has passed. Check website for the next application deadline.

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This year long program includes a series of three seminar meetings, a Fulbright exchange experience and multi-disciplinary team-based research work on designated research themes: Science, Technology and Innovation; Entrepreneurship and Sustainable Energy. Applicants must be from Latin America, Canada, the Caribbean or the United States and must have expertise in one of these programmatic themes.

Agencies Involved: Fulbright Program and Council for International Exchange of Scholars (CIES)

Key Dates: Check website for updated information.

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This graduate scholarship program for up to 4 years, is open for US residents, pursuing graduate studies in Brazil and for Brazilian residents interested in graduate programs in the US. Applications can be submitted only through partnering universities recognized in Brazil and USA.

Agencies Involved: The Brazilian-American Chamber of Commerce; Recognized universities in USA or Brazil.

Key Dates: Flexible.

Grant and Scholarship Programs for Graduate Students


30 grants are available for U.S graduating college seniors, graduate students and young professionals to study for one academic year in Brazil and over 100 other countries. Applicants must be U.S citizens and must possess a Bachelor’s degree or equivalent before the start of the grant. Priority areas for 2013-2014 are science, technology, agriculture and environment.

Agencies Involved: Fulbright Program, Institute of International Education (IIE)

Key Dates: Application deadline October 14, 2014

One fellowship is available for U.S students interested in global health and currently enrolled in medical school or a graduate level program to conduct research in public health. Research focus differs in eligible countries which include Brazil and Peru in South America and other countries in Africa and Asia.

Agencies Involved: Fulbright Program, Institute of International Education (IIE) and Fogarty International Center of the U.S. National Institutes of Health.

Key Dates: Application deadline October 14, 2014

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30 grants are available for U.S recent graduates and graduate students with experience in classroom teaching and working in an educational environment. Because this is a student program, applicants with more than 3 years teaching experience or a Master’s degree in TESOL may be considered overqualified. The recipients of this grant will be responsible for teaching assistant responsibilities for up to 20-25 hours and can engage in projects related to their educational or career interests.

Agencies Involved: Fulbright Program and Institute of International Education (IIE)

Key Dates: Application deadline October 14, 2014

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This grant is for undergraduate, graduate and in some cases, postdoctoral candidates to attend short-term courses (around 2 weeks) on advanced science and technology subjects taught by highly qualified Brazilian and foreign scientists. Chosen students will have the opportunity to present their research findings in poster sessions and engage with participating scientists. Proposals in respond to calls made by FAPESP should be made by the Principal Investigator affiliated with an institution of higher education and research in the state of São Paulo.

Agencies Involved: FAPESP- São Paulo Research Foundation

Key Dates: Refer to the FAPESP website for latest calls.

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This program, jointly funded by FAPESP and NSF, encourages U.S researchers and students to propose and participate in new initiatives to catalyze international collaboration. Proposals can be made for workshops, pilot projects and other activities and could be developed in up to 3 years. Each proposal must have two Principal Investigators, one in São Paulo State and one in the U.S. who will be the central contacts for the management of the project regarding their respective agency.

Agencies Involved: FAPESP (São Paulo Research Foundation) and the National Science Foundation (NSF)

Key Dates: Proposals are accepted throughout the year and applicants are advised to submit proposals at least 9 months prior to the proposed activity.