Science Without Borders (Brazil)

Science without BordersThe University of Alberta has a goal to enhance research connections and encourage greater student mobility with Brazil, specifically through the Science Without Borders program.

Launched in 2011, the Science Without Borders program provides Brazilian students with government scholarships to study and conduct research abroad at the undergraduate, graduate or postdoctoral level.

Brazil plans to send approximately 100,000 students abroad over the next three years, primarily in the fields of science, technology, engineering and mathematics.

UAlberta has signed agreements with CAPES and CNPq (the agencies administering Science Without Borders), as part of the CALDO Consortium.

For Students

Undergraduate Opportunities

Students in the 3rd and 4th year of their Brazilian undergraduate program are eligible to apply for a Science without Borders scholarship to pursue a unique undergraduate placement at UAlberta for up to 12 months.

The placement may involve the following components:

  • English or French language course (2 months)
  • Academic study (up to 8 months) in English or French
  • Research internship (2 months following the period of academic study)

Application & Timelines
For eligibility and application timelines, see the CALDO website.

Committed Internships
Undergraduate SWB students attending UAlberta who have found and secured their own internship should contact intern@ualberta.ca.

Graduate Opportunities

Brazilian students are eligible to apply for a Science without Borders scholarship to pursue one of the following at UAlberta:

  • A complete doctoral degree program, lasting up to 4 years
  • A 12-month “sandwich year” of doctoral research
  • Postdoctoral research of 6-18 months’ duration

Application & Timelines
For eligibility and application timelines, see the CALDO website.

UAlberta Placements/Opportunities
Use the following links to find a graduate placements. We recommend contacting a professor, department, or research lab directly to see if placements are available. You may also use CALDO's pre-screening/matching service for help.

In Profile

Learn about the experiences of Science Without Borders students at the University of Alberta. Check out our newsletter, Brasileiros sem Fronteiras na Universidade de Alberta.

For Staff

Below are resources for faculty and staff regarding UAlberta & Science Without Borders. Check back frequently for updates.


Brazil-UAlberta Science Without Borders Travel Grant Program

UAlberta wishes to strengthen its academic collaboration with partners in Brazil. The Science Without Borders program, launched recently in Brazil, offers excellent opportunities to support this effort. 

The UAlberta Regional Council for Latin America will make some funding available for short visits to Brazil that are aimed at creating new relationships with Brazilian partners or intensifying existing relationships, with a view to allowing Brazilian doctorate students or post-doctoral researchers to come and spend some time at the University of Alberta (notably but not exclusively in the context of sandwich Ph.D.s).

Terms of reference (MS Word)        Application form(MS Word)       CAPES graduate program ranking