Am I required to complete a research or industry placement?
For most students, the research or industry placement is a mandatory component of the scholarship program. With the possible exception of certain cohorts of students, you will be required to complete either a research or an industry placement.
Will CBIE or my academic institution arrange my research or industry placement?
In some cases, you will work with your university to find a placement, whereas in other situations, CBIE will be your point of contact.
Who will determine my placement objectives?
You will determine your placement learning objectives. You should discuss these with your potential research or industry placement supervisor to ensure that the placement opportunity meets your learning objectives.
Will I receive my regular monthly stipend from CNPq during my research or industry placement period?
Yes. You will continue to receive your monthly stipend during your research or industry placement period based on high-cost and low-cost city monthly rates determined by the Government of Brazil.
Can I find my own research or industry placement?
Yes. However, you must inform your CBIE or Canadian university placement coordinator of any offer you receive and obtain their final approval. All research or industry placements must meet the criteria set forth by CNPq for the Ciência sem Fronteiras Scholarship Program. Your Canadian university or CBIE will continuously verify that the criteria and expectations are being met.
Am I permitted to relocate to another community to complete my research or industry placement?
You are expected to complete a research or industry placement within close proximity of your Canadian university or residence so that you are not forced to relocate. All placement opportunities that require relocation must be evaluated and approved on a case-by-case basis by CBIE. Research or industry placements must be completed in Canada.
What criteria must be met for a job to qualify as a research or industry placement?
All research or industry placements must be in a sector or discipline closely related to your field of study, provide a meaningful professional experience and take place on a full-time basis (35 to 40 hours per week) over four months. The length may be less depending on specific terms of your scholarship agreement with the Government of Brazil, as well as host industry or institution constraints. There must also be regular supervision and evaluation by a supervisor/mentor from the host organization.
Am I allowed to be paid by my employer during my research or industry placement?
Because you will continue to receive your monthly stipend throughout the placement period, this is considered a paid placement. Therefore, you should not expect to receive any compensation from your placement host. However, your placement host may decide to supplement your scholarship income. This depends on the organization’s location, internal policies and available funding.
What are the steps in the research or industry placement process?
Canadian universities and CBIE first identify professors and companies whose work may match your interests and field of study and who are willing to host students while abiding by CNPq’s criteria. CsF students may need to undergo an interview process. Professors and company hosts will select the CsF students and either CBIE or your academic institution will notify you of the result shortly thereafter.
Does CBIE guarantee a research or industry placement in my area of study?
CBIE and your host institution will do their utmost to ensure that your research or industry placement is closely related to your field of study. However, too specific an interpretation of one’s field of study may lead to delays in placement or lost opportunities in valid offers of internships.
Can I complete my research or industry placement during an academic semester?
In general, you must complete your research or industry placement during a semester in which you will not be completing language or full-time academic studies. The timing of your research or industry placement may be affected by the availability of research or industry placements, as well as your Canadian university’s ability to offer full-time academic studies, including relevant courses in your discipline.
What documents might my prospective research or industry host request from me as part of the application process?
Depending on your placement, you may need to submit a résumé, cover letter, professional portfolio (if you are in a discipline such as architecture or design) and/or university grades to your potential research supervisor or industry host.
How can I pursue and apply for an industry placement on my own?
You can get in touch with local businesses and organizations that you have identified as being relevant to your field of study; however, you should keep your placement coordinator informed of any offers you receive. Your coordinator will need to follow up with the organization who is willing to host you to verify that the placement opportunity meets the necessary criteria. Note that if your coordinator offers you a research or industry placement and you have no other options available, you will be expected to accept the offer.
How is my placement confirmed and approved?
If arranged by CBIE, once you have been offered a placement you will be required to complete a form confirming your acceptance or your refusal which you will return to CBIE. In the case of institutions, each institution has its own confirmation procedures which you will be required to follow.
How do I know what my placement entails?
Each placement supervisor will be asked to provide a placement description outlining your duties and the terms of the placement. You should discuss the description with your supervisor to ensure that the placement meets your learning objectives prior to accepting an offer.
What documents must I submit to validate the completion of my placement and how do I request them?
You must complete a Final Report provided by CBIE or your host institution and which must be signed by you and your supervisor and submitted to CBIE at the end of the placement term.