Ciência sem Fronteiras (Csf) is a scholarship program funded by the Brazilian government with support from the private sector. Its main goal is to promote the consolidation and expansion of science, technology and innovation in Brazil by means of international exchange and mobility. In 2011 the Brazilian government committed to award 101,000 scholarships over four years. In 2014, it announced its intention to award an additional 100,000.
The program focuses mainly on Brazilian post-secondary in science, technology, engineering and mathematics (STEM). It allows them to study abroad for a period of 12 to 16 months at the undergraduate level and also offers possibilities at the doctoral level.
The program is funded by the National Council for Scientific and Technological Development (CNPq) and the Brazilian Federal Agency for Support and Evaluation of Graduate Education (CAPES).
The Canadian Bureau for International Education (CBIE) administers the majority of university-level CsF scholarships in Canada on behalf of CNPq and CAPES.
In Canada, there are three scholarship components at the undergraduate level:
- Language training if required
- Two academic terms
- An internship
At the doctoral level, there are also two possibilities for Brazilian students:
- Visiting PhD Student (3-12 months)
- Full PhD (4 years)