Launched in 2011, Science without Borders is a nationwide scholarship program primarily funded by the Brazilian government, with additional private sector support. The program is a joint effort of the Ministry of Education (MEC) and the Ministry of Science, Technology, and Innovation (MCTI) through their respective funding agencies – the Federal Agency for Support and Evaluation of Graduate Education (CAPES) and the National Council for Scientific and Technological Development (CNPq).
Through this program, the Brazilian Government seeks to strengthen and expand the initiatives of science and technology, innovation and competitiveness through international mobility of undergraduate and graduate students and researchers. LASPAU is administering the scholarships of 500 Ph.D. level grantees annually on behalf of CAPES and CNPq and will place a total of 1,500 Brazilians in doctoral degree programs in the United States over a three-year period.

Eligibility Requirements

  • Candidates must be citizens of Brazil or foreigner with permanent visa in Brazil.
  • Candidate must own a bachelor's or master's in the same area or similar area of study.
  • Candidates must take English proficiency exam and shall obtain a minimum score of 550 points in the Paper Based Test or 79-80 points in the Internet Based Test of TOEFL or a minimum of 6.0 points in International English Language Testing System (IELTS).
  • Candidates must also take the Graduate Record Examinations (GRE) Test.

How to Apply


Information on applying to the Science without Borders doctoral program administered by LASPAU is available on our How to Apply page (in Portuguese).

Field of Interest


The Science without Borders Program supports study and research in STEM (science, technology, engineering, and mathematics) fields including Engineering and Engineering Technologies; Exact and Earth Sciences; Biology, Biomedical and Health Sciences; Computing and Information Technology; Aerospace Technology; Pharmaceutical Sciences; Sustainable Agricultural Production; Oil, Gas and Coal; Renewable Energy; Minerals Technology; Biotechnology; Nanotechnology and New Materials; Technologies for Prevention and Mitigation of Natural Disasters; Bio-prospecting and Biodiversity; Marine Sciences; Creative Industry, focuses in projects and processes for innovation and technological development (architecture, design, software, computer games, film, video, photography, music, art, television, digital content publishing and electronic publishing.
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Contact Information


Molly Watkins
Director for International Affairs
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Cleveland OH 44107-7031

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