Developing Countries Get Brazilian College Scholarships

    Citizens from all over the developing world can apply for scholarships in masters and doctoral courses in Brazil, through the Postgraduate Student Agreement Program (PEC-PG), managed by the National Council for Scientific and Technological Development (CNPq), the Foundation for Improvement of Higher Education Students (Capes), and the Ministry of Foreign Relations.

    This year, Egypt, Lebanon and Syria entered the list of countries that may send students. The inclusion of these nations was announced last week by a Brazilian delegation during the third meeting of high-level officials of Arab and South American governments, held in Cairo.

    "Only people from developing countries that have agreements with Brazil in the culture and education sectors are eligible," said Maria Luiza Pereira Carvalho, who is in charge of the PEC-PG at Capes. Nevertheless, according to a statement approved in Cairo, other Arab countries should become part of the list in upcoming years.

    Established in 1983, the program includes all fields of knowledge, and is aimed at encouraging educational and scientific exchange between Brazil and Latin American countries, the Caribbean, Asia, Africa and the Middle East. The idea is to enroll foreigners in the best postgraduate courses available in Brazil, preferably in public universities.

    The next edict for enrollment in the program should be issued in April, and candidates must meet a series of requirements, such as presenting a Certificate of Proficiency in Portuguese Language for Foreigners (CELPE-Bras) – for which a test is conducted twice a year, in April and October -, along with a graduate diploma, a letter of acceptance from the Brazilian institution where they intend to study, and a study plan; candidates must also have verifiable employment in their country of origin, among others requirements.

    According to the general manager at the international cooperation office at CNPq, Maria Lucilene Velo, the first thing students should do is to contact a supervisor at a Brazilian university and obtain a letter of acceptance from the institution.

    Candidates should enroll and hand in the documents at the Brazilian Diplomatic Representation (embassy or consulate) in his or her home country, which should also conduct the CELPE-Bras test.

    In addition to objective criteria, such as presentation of documents, the Brazilian institutions in charge of the project conduct a profile analysis before accepting or turning down candidates.

    "We will check, for instance, whether the candidate is qualified for teaching, because some countries have a shortage of human resources, therefore it is important to train people who are capable of multiplying their knowledge," said Lucilene.

    The candidate's field of interest will also be analyzed. For example, priority will be granted to sectors in which the candidate's country of origin has shortcomings, or is interest in developing.

    "Our goal is also to work in fields that are strategic for the country," she claimed. The scientific relevance of submitted projects will also be evaluated, and those with the higher level will be selected.

    Masters scholarships are under the responsibility of CNPq, and consist of a monthly allowance of 940 reais (US$ 445) for up to 24 months, plus a ticket back to the student's country of origin. Capes will handle doctorate scholarships, which include a monthly allowance of 1,394 reais (US$ 660) for up to 48 months and the return ticket after course conclusion.

    There is not a predetermined number of positions available. In the case of masters courses, from 80 to 90 scholarships were granted per year over the last three years.

    Additional information regarding enrollment and the selection process can be obtained in the Brazilian Diplomatic Representations in the candidate's countries, or in the organizations in charge of the project.

    Another Offering

    In addition to the PEC-PG, Brazil offers another scholarship program, aimed at doctoral and postdoctoral courses, in partnership with the Academy of Sciences for the Developing World (TWAS). In this case, the candidate's country is not required to have an educational or cultural agreement with Brazil. "The program applies to any developing country," Lucilene said.

    According to the CNPq, Arab students and researchers have been to or are currently in Brazil thanks to the program. One Egyptian candidate was approved in 2004, two Egyptians and one Iraqi in 2005, and two other Egyptians and an Iraqi in 2006.

    The latter will initiate their scholarships this year. The current president of the Academy is the Brazilian mathematician Jacob Palis, and the last congress of the organization was held last year in Brazil.

    The program for long-term scholarships in partnership with TWAS was established in 2004, and offers 40 positions per year. But a program for short-term scholarships, of up to 90 days, has existed since the 1980s, aimed at specific training programs. Candidates must enroll at the TWAS Website (see below), but first they must seek the university they are willing to attend.

    Up until now, the certificate of proficiency in Portuguese language was not required in order to participate in this program, but this will change due to the adaptation problems faced by students, which even caused some to drop out. Knowledge of Portuguese, or at least of Spanish or English language will be required, depending on each case.

    The agreement between the Brazilian government and the Academy favors the granting of scholarships for courses in the field of exact sciences.

    Selected researchers are entitled to two-way tickets and an allowance during the two initial months, paid by TWAS, and to a monthly allowance, paid by the Brazilian government, of 1,394 reais (US$ 660) for doctoral courses and 2,218.56 reais (US$ 1,051) for postdoctoral courses. Short-term scholarship holders will receive daily allowances of 187 reais (US$ 88).

    Contacts

    CNPq
    Website:
    www.cnpq.br

    Capes
    Website:
    www.capes.gov.br

    TWAS
    Website:
    www.twas.org

    Anba – www.anba.com.br

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    • Demissie

      TO get my MSC.DEGREE IN MICROBIOLOGY
      I AM AN ETHIOPIAN AND HAVING Bsc. degree in medical laboratory science .And i want to make my Msc. in MICROBIOLOGY in your country. So please help me what i am goining to do if you are accept my application?
      THANKYOU!

    • kebirungi juliet

      receptionist
      dear sir/maddam

      iam julie from uganda, i have been disturbed and cried for several good years due to financial problems.iam a ugandan female lady aged 28 years. i completed a secondary shool with o-level certificate. therafter i ngot myself ajob in a certain NGO where i worked as a messenger and sponsored my self a one year course in guidance and counseling.but i still want to continue with a diploma.i was even admitted for a doploma course but i could not manage tew schoolfees,please iam seeking for help.thanks.

      i shall be very greatful if my application meets your considaration

      Yours faithfully kebirungi juliet

    • samuel

      hello
      hello,

      please i will be much grateful if you can assist me have a way through my education.please this is my fourth letter but unfortunately had no replies.

      I am very happy to mail you this letter..Indeed what i am demanding from you is very difficult but try as much you can to help me.

      I completed senior secondary school in the year 2003. my parents are not working so could not afford to send me directly into the university so i have to engage myself in teaching.i managed to save some money to enter the university by my self .so i entered valley view university in Ghana.is a very good university because it s mission was based on improving morals of its student.I was suppose to pay$700 dollars a semester my identity number was 206bs0100098 my real name is David samovar’s.

      Unfortunately i paid $400 of the fees and could not pay the rest so i have to stop.

      infact i was very disturbed and cried for several days.the registrar of the school liked me very well because i was very serious with my books.please if you want to check you can verify from their website thus copy and paste this valley view university Ghana

      I met a friend he is helping me with the course aim currently enrolling .he has a lot of people depending on him.he is working in the us army his number is 0014698784610.but i want to go back to complete my degree when i finish the course this December.please i want to ask you if you can help go back to the school again.do everything in your capacity to help me.if you allow me mail you my admission letter and results.so that you can get people to help me pay my school fees.aim not lining.what i am telling you is the truth.in case you can help me i will not tell you to send me the money but pay it directly to the school and inform me.

      please visit the school website and do what you can do to help me.please don’t ignore this message.i normally come to the net to find people who can contribute to my education.

      i thank you very much and look to get your reply.

      Samuel
      sml_bediako@yahoo.com

    • Nicholas kipyator kiai

      schorlarship elligiblity and procedure
      I am Kenyan male graduate 2nd class upper Division in hospitality mngt and i desire to impaact knowledge through lecturer but to the highest level i require schorlarship so as to study froo master and possibly phd

    • zeru maru

      Mr.
      i need ti knowwhether i am fit for the scholarship opportunities available in brazil. I am from ethiopia. Would you please help me with relevan information?
      thanks,

    • marcilyn Murray

      scholarship for P.H.D.
      Dear sir/Madam
      I am a jamaican and am currently in college persuing an associate degree in natural science. This opportunity would provide me will all that I have beeen searching for. I have always wanted to study in brazil but never got the opportunity. i am a focused and capable student and I would like to persue a carrer in the field of science. I would be over joyed if granted the opportuniy of attending a brazillian college. Pease direct me to how i could apply for this scholarship.Thanks a lot

    • pirzada

      scholarship for p.hd.
      hello i m from pakistan.i have done my master degree in botany and my m.phil is in progress.i want to get scholarship in brazil but i dont know how to apply. you may please direct me to how could i do.
      regards

    • Salomon

      Mr
      I am living in ethiopia and working as Lecturer in one of the country University; I am very intersted to attained My PhD in Brazil scholarship program. Am I eligible for the scholarship, if yes what step should I have to follow in order to apply ?
      thank you!
      salomon_2009@fastermail.com

    • Mesdfin Worku

      Scholarship request
      I am living in ethiopia and working as assistant lecturer in Hawassa University health science college department of medical laboratory cience; I am very intersted in the Brazil scholarship program. Am I eligible for the scholarship, if yes what step should I have to follow in order to apply ? Here is my e-mail, mesworku@yahoo.com

    • Tungaa

      From Mongolia
      Hello. I’m from Mongolia. I’m interested studiying in Brazil. But i don’t know how to apply. Please advise how to apply for scholarships. Waiting for response. Thanks

    • sintayehu fekadu

      I am young Ethiopian holder of BSc in medical laboratory technology in 2005 from Jimma university. I am intersted to apply for your scholarship so can you tell me eligible criteria? thanks in advance.

    • Angwenyi Maobe Michael

      I am a kenyan holder of ahigher national diploma in applied biology and would like to futher my studies at masters level thus I am looking for ascholarship to help me realise the same kindly advice me how to go about this

    • Canny

      Dear sir/ madam,

      I am from China, Hong Kong. I had been a volunteer in Brazil for 6 months and find very interested in Brazil’s culture & history. Want to apply scholarship to study master degree.
      I was graduated in Fine art, major in Stage Management. May i have more information about the application?
      Thanks & looking forward to your reply.

    • IHSAN

      Doctorate scholarship in brazil
      SIR/Madam
      i am ihsan ali from pakistan. I have completed my M.phill from peshawar University Pakistan. i please to know about the TWAS sholarschip announced. i need completed information about twas scholarship. hope u will assist me in this regard.
      looking forward to hear soon from u.

    • fufa

      PhD Ethiopia
      Dear Sir/Madam,

      My name is Dr. Fufa Abunna Kurra. This is my application for the graduate opportunity of the Doctoral Programmes Scholarship you have announced.

      I have got a degree of Doctor of Veterinary Medicine (DVM) in July 1999 and degree of Masters of Science (MSc) in Tropical Veterinary Epidemiology in August 2006 from Addis Ababa University, Ethiopia. Currently, I am delivering lectures to both Veterinary Medicine and Biology students of the University at an Assistant Professor position.

      My main motivation for applying to the Doctoral Programmes in the molecular biology is my past unfulfilled passion to advance in Veterinary Physiology. Molecular biology during the undergraduate training in my country is not up to the standard due to lack of qualified teachers in the only University that is offering. My preliminary study at MSc level could have been taken to the next molecular characterization, which needs more knowledge and sophisticated laboratory analysis. But lack of technical expertise and facilities hampered to fulfill my passion in molecular biology and due to this problem I did my MSc research on Veterinary Epidemiology.

      Therefore, I have strong interest to upgrade my education in the field of molecular biology by approaching some novel methods and protocols for molecular biology. As to my career objective, I have a dream that I become an asset for my poor country in improving livestock production and productivity via creating good environment for breeding and genetics research, understanding the molecular biological parameters of animals and its application. This could help me to contribute to the development process of making my countryˢ۪s poverty history and filling the gap of skilled man power in the area of molecular biology since my University is the newly established Universities by the Ethiopian government.

      In my country, the government is committed in working poverty reduction strategy. Hence, I have strong covenant in participating through the process of making poverty history in the nation. This will be materialized only if I have upgraded my knowledge through further education and work with the community in the grass-root level.

      Your institute can thus help me in realizing my dreams. As past my career it also adds knowledge and confidence in my current job. Above all, it is a good opportunity to exchange knowledge with colleagues abroad and hence, I can appreciate the knowledge gap and unfulfilled passions that I have. The scholarship also inspires me to exploit untouched potential that was not used due to lack of access to use it and develop into new thinking on the current situation of molecular biology in my work area and country at large.

      I hope I will be accepted as an applicant and beneficiary of institute of Doctoral Programmes in the molecular biology Scholarship. I know that admission to the programme is competitive, but I am qualified and eager, and cope with all of its challenges. I am looking forward to hearing your response soon.

      Lastly, I would like to extend my gratitude to your office for giving this opportunity for such students like me. It is so inspiring being motivated by passion, generated by vision, produced by conviction and ignited by purpose.

      Yours sincerely,
      Fufa Abunna

    • marii

      BSC in textile engineering
      I AM FROM ETHIOPIA , I AM WORKING IN ONE OF THIS COUNTRY’S UNIVERSITY AS AN ASSISTANT LECTURER & I NEED AN INFORMETION FROME U WHETHER I CAN BE ELIGIBE IN THIS SCOLARSHIP OR NOT ON MY FILED

    • marii

      Bsc in textile engineering
      I am fro Ethiopia & I I need an informetion frome u whether I can be

    • david asamoah

      please i need help to pay my fees
      hello,

      please i will be much grateful if you can assist me have a way through my education.please this is my fourth letter but unfortunatly had no replies.

      I am very happy to mail you this letter..Indeed what i am demanding from you is very difficult but try as much you can to help me.

      I completed senior secondary school in the year 2003. my parents are not working so could not afford to send me directly into the university so i have to engage myself in teaching.i managed to save some money to enter the university by my self .so i enterd valley view university in Ghana.is a very good university because it s mission wasbased on improving morals of its student.I was suppose to pay$700 dollars a semester my identity number was 206bs0100098 my real name is david asamoah.

      Unfortunately i paid $400 of the fees and could not pay the rest so i have to stop.

      infact i was very disturbed and cried for several days.the registrar of the school liked me very well because i was very serious with my books.please if you want to check you can verify from their website thus copy and paste this valley view university ghana

      I met a friend he is helping me with the couse im currently enroling .he has a lot of people depending on him.he is working in the us army his number is 0014698784610.but i want to go back to complete my degree when i finish the couse this december.please i want to ask you if you can help go back to the school again.do everything in your capacity to help me.if you allow me mail you my admission letter and results.so that you can get people to help me pay my school fees.im not lieing.what i am telling you is the truth.in case you can help me i will not tell you to send me the money but pay it directly to the school and inform me.

      please visit the school website and do what you can do to help me.please dont ignore this message.i normally come to the net to find people who can contribute to my education.

      i thank you very much and look to get your reply.

      David
      konzumaasamoah@yahoo.com

    • Duba K. Simon

      Need Information
      Dear sir/Madam:
      I am living in ethiopia and working as assistant lecturer in one of the country technology faculty; I am very intersted in the Brazil scholarship program. Am I eligible for the scholarship, if yes what step should I have to follow in order to apply ?
      thank you for your co-operation

    • Maged

      Dear Sir,

      I m Egyptian. I’m working as Researcher Assistant in the Central Metallurgical Research and Development Institute, Cairo, Egypt.I want to apply for the scholrolarships but I donot know how..Please, could you inform me that How can I apply for that scholarship?. im waiting to hear from you.

      Best Regards
      Maged Fadl

    • TUHAMIZE K NICHOLAS

      You have good programmmes for developing countries, however the details for of accessing the schloarships are canty.
      How can one reallly get in touch with you to get access to those scholarships

    • Bahati

      Vipi shoko, unatafuta scholarships za bachelors au za masters/doctorate… unafahamu kireno? unaweza kutuma maswali mengine kwa bahati_99@yahoo.com … pia nami niko katika harakati yakutafuta shule huko, nafahamu machache kuhusu system yao na kama unahitaji usaidizi kwa maandishi yaliyomo kwa kireno naweza kukusaidia.

      kwa sasa huko university tayari … unaweza kuapply kama transfer student, inarahisisha kwa maana kama unataka kuingia undergraduate itabidi ufanye mtihani uitwayo vestibular ambayo ipo kwa kireno

    • shoko

      students
      I m living in Tanzania East Africa ,am i regible to the scholrolarships and how can i apply since because the web site you have portrayed are disabled,thanks
      im waiting to hear from you

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