Study Abroad: STEM Student Exchanges, Scholarships, and Fellowships in Brazil for Undergraduates

Scholarship Programs for Undergraduate Students

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U.S undergraduate 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: Applications for 2014 - 2015 awards are no longer being accepted. Check the website for updated deadlines in the future.

Grants and Fellowships for Undergraduate Students   

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The Fulbright U.S. Student Program provides grants for individually designed study/research projects or for English Teaching Assistantships.  A candidate will submit a Statement of Grant Purpose defining activities to take place during one academic year in a participating country outside the U.S. 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


Through the São Paulo School of Advanced Science (SPSAS), FAPESP offers funding for the organization of short duration courses in advanced research in the different areas of knowledge in the State of São Paulo.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.