The Foundation


Public Foundation for the International Promotion of Spanish Universities

Wednesday, 13 June 2012

The Foundation to manage the Brazilian grant programme

The Foundation to manage the Brazilian grant programme

The Foundation has been commissioned by the Ministry of Education, Culture and Sport to manage the ambitious scholarship programme "Science without Frontiers " recently launched by the Brazilian government.

"Science without Frontiers" is a special international mobility programme which places particular emphasis on university education in science, technology and innovation. Its purpose is to increase the presence of Brazilian students, teachers and researchers in institutions of excellence outside Brazil, and also to encourage foreign students and scholars to study at Brazilian institutions. The programme is managed by the Brazilian National Council for Scientific and Technological Development (CNPq) which, via the Ministry of Science, Technology and Innovation, has contacted centres of excellence worldwide and has signed agreements with the US, Australia, Germany, France, Portugal, Canada, Italy and Spain. On February 20, 2012 the CNPq signed a Memorandum of Understanding with the Spanish Junior Ministry of Education, Professional Training and Universities to enable Spanish universities to participate in this scholarship programme. Over the next four years, Brazil intends to fund 8,000 grants in Spain.

The first call for applications on the programme "Science without Frontiers - Spain" was aimed at Brazilian students wishing to pursue a year-long academic stay in Spain between September 2012 and July / September 2013. Students awarded grants will be expected to obtain 60 ECTS credits. The call for applications to study in Spain has aroused great interest among Brazilian students. The students have been selected initially by their home university and by the CNPq, and to qualify for the grant they must have completed between 20% and 90% of their four-year degrees. Meanwhile, in cooperation with the Spanish universities participating in the project, the Foundation is currently managing the allocation of places that were made available by the MECD in March. is a public sector foundation that aims to promote the Spanish university system throughout the world. The foundation was set up by the Spanish government, with the support of Spain’s regional governments, the universities themselves and other institutions, on 23 December 2008.

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