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Science without Borders (SwB)

Funded primarily by the Brazilian Government, the SwB scholarship program was launched in July 2011.The program aims to send 101,000 Brazilian students to study internationally in the science, technology, engineering, and mathematics (STEM) subjects by 2015.The Government of Brazil is funding 75,000 scholarships and a further 26,000 are being funded by the private sector. 

During his official visit to the Federative Republic of Brazil from April 22 to 28, 2012, His Excellency the Right Honourable David Johnston, Governor General of Canada, announced that Canada will welcome 12,000 Brazilian students at the undergraduate, doctoral and post-doctoral levels under the SwB program by 2015.

Science without Borders (SwB)

The program is a joint effort of both the Brazilian Ministry of Education (MEC) and the Ministry of Science and Technology (MCT) through their respective funding agencies, namely the Federal Agency for Support and Evaluation of Graduate Education of Brazil (CAPES) and the National Council for Technological and Scientific Development (CNPq).
SwB scholarships are intended mainly for Brazilian students and researchers and entail one year of undergraduate study, PhD internships, full-time PhDs, postdoctoral and professional education awards, senior fellowships and visiting researchers/scholars abroad.  There are no specific scholarships targeting Brazilian students at the master’s level. The program also offers opportunities for individuals from abroad to conduct research in Brazil.  See "To Participate".

The awards cover international airfare, a monthly stipend (housing and living costs), health insurance and, in some cases, a tuition fee package negotiated in advance.

Brazil is looking to international partners to provide training for Brazilian students and researchers in the SwB program.

Canada’s Engagement

Brazil is a priority country for Canada's international engagement. In recent years, the Canada-Brazil relationship has matured and deepened. Collaboration between Brazil and Canada is flourishing, sparked by enduring people-to-people ties. These ties manifest themselves in a variety of ways, including through expanding trade and investment, enhanced research partnerships and an increase in educational exchanges.

Canada and Brazil share strong cultural and academic connections which have expanded over the years.  For example, Foreign Affairs and International Trade Canada (DFAIT) offers international scholarships under the Emerging Leaders in the Americas Program (ELAP). These scholarships are aimed at developing the next generation of leaders in the Americas, while strengthening linkages between post-secondary institutions between both countries. The Canada-Brazil Awards–Joint Research Projects were created to support academic cooperation and mobility between the two countries.

Canada and Brazil have established a Joint Committee to implement their Agreement for Cooperation on Science, Technology and Innovation. This Committee has launched a Joint Action Plan which makes recommendations and commitments to further the research and development relationship between Canada and Brazil while engaging various stakeholders, including industry and academia. The Joint Action Plan recognizes that researcher and student mobility and programs, such as SwB, are important elements to bring the Canada-Brazil relationship to a new level.  Information and communication technology, life sciences, ocean technologies and clean technologies are some of the key areas in which Canada and Brazil are working together in innovative ways.

As part of its engagement in the Americas, Canada launched the first Conference of the Americas on International Education (CAIE) in Calgary, Canada, in October 2010. The second CAIE was held in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil, from April 25 to 28, 2012. The third edition of the Conference will take place in Mexico in 2013. The event attracts over 600 participants at all levels (government, associations, institutions, private sector) and is intended to provide an inter-American space to share models, trends and best practices and promote cooperation and mobility in higher education in the region. 

Why Canada?

Canada is an ideal destination for students seeking a high standard of post-secondary education at accessible cost and offers unique bilingual (English and French) study and research opportunities.

SwB students and researchers are welcome at institutions across Canada with the promise of stimulating education opportunities, thriving multicultural communities and a strong economic climate.  

When international students pursue their academic goals in Canada, they become a valued member of a community that is internationally recognized for excellence with a long-standing tradition in innovation.  Through international collaboration and industry partnerships, Canada brings the best and brightest minds together.

Here are some reasons why so many have chosen Canada for their study abroad experience:

Discover the breadth of programs offered at Canada’s colleges and universities nationwide and industry partnership linkages.  For more information, consult the Education au/in Canada website. 

To Participate?

If you are a Brazilian student or researcher and wish to participate in the SwB program

See the official SwB website for more information and/or Frequently Asked Questions.

If you are a non-Brazilian researcher and wish to participate in the SwB program

See Young Talent and the Special Visiting Researcher programs.

If you are a Canadian academic institution and wish to participate in the SwB Program

Academic institutions wishing to host Brazilian students and researchers in the SwB program should aim to be part of an existing or newly negotiated arrangement with Brazil. Existing programs may also be used.  Generally, Brazilian program authorities, the Federal Agency for Support and Evaluation of Graduate Education of Brazil (CAPES) (in Portugese only) and the National Council for Technological and Scientific Development (CNPq) (in Portugese only) prefer not to negotiate directly with individual institutions (as opposed to consortia, associations, etc.).

If your institution wishes to work with Canadian implementing agencies which have already signed agreements and launched calls for proposals in the SwB program, see "Implementing Agencies".

If you are in the private sector and wish to participate in the SwB program

The international private sector has recognized the significant potential of the SwB program to create people-to-people links. Canadian private sector engagement could include the organization of internships in the SwB program. By hosting Brazilian students in companies or research laboratories, the private sector could leverage the program to develop future local employees.

If you are a member of the private sector and wish to provide internships for Brazilian students or researchers in SwB as part of already existing programs through a Canadian implementing agency, see "Implementing Agencies". 

For updates and announcements regarding the SwB program, see International Scholarships News and Education in Canada News. 

Visa Information

Brazilian students and researchers wishing to study or conduct research in Canada in the context of the SwB program should follow the regular procedure for applying for study/work permits. Some instructions, however, are particular to participants in the SwB program.

If applicants are doing a period of language training, followed by formal studies, followed by an internship with a research laboratory or the private sector:

  • Applicants will need both a study permit and a work permit. In order to apply, applicants need to submit and pay ONLY an application for a study permit. The processing of the work permit is included in the processing of the study permit.
  • As evidence of financial support, applicants need to provide only a copy of the letter from the CNPq or CAPES confirming their scholarship.
  • If applicants are going to study in the Province of Quebec, they will also require a Certificat d’acceptation du Quebec (CAQ). In order to avoid a delay in the processing of their application, applicants should submit their application without the CAQ (if they don’t already have one) and forward a copy of their CAQ later.
  • Applicants who will spend more than 6 months in Canada will have to undergo a medical examination. Please contact the Consulate General in São Paulo before organizing the medical exam.

For more information on applying for a study permit, see the Visa and Immigration Page of the website of the Consulate General of Canada to Brazil.

If applicants are going to Canada to do only an internship (without a period of study), they should submit an application for a work permit and pay the processing fees for a work permit.  For more information on applying for a work permit, see Citizenship and Immigration Canada’s Temporary Work Permit page.

Implementing Agencies

Canadian education associations, organizations and consortia have signed agreements with the Government of Brazil and have launched calls for proposals to host Brazilian students in the SwB program.  In Canada, programs for Brazilian SwB scholarship recipients entail up to three components, namely language training, academic study or research in a Canadian institution and an internship with a research laboratory or the private sector.  Please see the listings of implementing agencies below for direct contact and further information:

Association of Canadian Community Colleges (ACCC)

The Association of Canadian Community Colleges (ACCC) is a national, voluntary membership organization created in 1972 to represent colleges, institutes of technology, CEGEPs, polytehcnics, and universities with college mandates, to government, business and industry, both in Canada and internationally. It is the number one partner for Brazil in terms of technical education. The ACCC has been active in Brazil with a relationship based on over fifteen years of successful programming, including the School-to-School Connection (2000-2005) and the Mulheres Mil (2006-2011) projects funded by the Canadian International Development Agency.

The format of proposed professional and technological training in the SwB program entails language training, an academic component and a practical attachment/internship.


Marie-Josée Fortin
International Partnership Programs
Association of Canadian Community Colleges (ACCC)
701 - 1, Rideau Street
Ottawa, Ontario K1N 8S7
Tel.: (613) 746 2222, ext. 3137
Fax: (613) 746 6721


Mehdi Abdelwahab
Senior Program Officer/Coordinator SwB-CAPES/ACCC Program Canada
International Partnership Programs
Association of Canadian Community Colleges (ACCC)
701 - 1, Rideau Street
Ottawa, Ontario K1N 8S7
Tel.: (613) 746 2222, ext. 3161
Fax: (613) 746 6721

CALDO Universities

CALDO Universities (Consortium of University of Alberta, Dalhousie University, University of Laval, and University of Ottawa) is a consortium of four leading Canadian research universities which share a commitment to international education and mobility.  The consortium encompasses 160 research centres, 85 institutes and 6,000 internationally recognized professors who hold more than 500 of Canada’s research chairs.

CALDO is working at all levels, i.e. undergraduate to postdoctoral in the SwB program.  Training programs include academic terms and an internship (on or off campus).  CALDO provides a single point of assistance to international students considering studies at any of its four institutions, from undergraduate research placements to full-time doctoral degrees.  It also enters into strategic partnerships with funding agencies around the world to provide services that help ease the process for their scholarship recipients.


Deanna Dow
CALDO Coordinator 
Tel.: (780) 492-6377

Canadian Bureau for International Education (CBIE)

The Canadian Bureau for International Education (CBIE) is a national, bilingual, not-for-profit, membership organization dedicated to the promotion of Canada's international relations through international education and the free movement of ideas and learners across national boundaries. The CBIE's activities comprise scholarship management, civil society and public sector reform, research and information services, advocacy, training programs, professional development for international educators and other services for members and learners.

The CBIE is the implementing agency, in cooperation with the Association of Universities and Colleges of Canada (AUCC) and Languages Canada.  Program elements include academic terms and an internship (on or off campus).


Margaux Béland
Vice-president, Canadian Partnerships 
Team Leader, DFAIT International Scholarships Program
Canadian Bureau for International Education (CBIE)
220 Laurier West, Suite 1550
Ottawa, Ontario K1P 5Z9 
Tel.: (613) 237 4820 ext. 243
Fax: (613) 237 1073


Mitacs is a national, not-for-profit research organization which offers a suite of innovative research programs, in partnership with companies, government and academia.

Mitacs SwB programming entails exchanges between Canadian and Brazilian universities and research institutes, including internships.


Olga Stachova
Chief Operating Officer
Directrice de l'exploitation
Suite 301, Technology Enterprise Facility
University of British Columbia
6190 Agronomy Road
Vancouver, BC, V6T 1Z3
Tel.: (604) 822 3586
Fax: (604) 822 3689


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Associations, councils and organizations in Canada

  • Association of Canadian Community Colleges (ACCC)
    National, voluntary membership organization representing colleges and institutes in Canada
  • Association of Universities and Colleges of Canada (AUCC) 
    National association for Canadian universities representing 95 public and private not-for-profit universities and university degree-level colleges
  • Canadian Bureau of International Education (CBIE)
    International Education organization offering international colleagues access to Canadian education
  • CALDO Universities
    Consortium of four leading Canadian research universities (University of Alberta, University of Laval, Dalhousie University, and University of Ottawa) which share a commitment to international education and mobility
  • Canadian Information Centre for International Credentials (CICIC)
    A unit of the Council of Ministers of Education, Canada, the Canadian Information Centre for International Credentials (CICIC) collects, organizes, and provides information and referral services to individuals and organizations on the recognition of academic and occupational credentials for working and studying in Canada and abroad
  • Council of Ministers of Education, Canada (CMEC)
    Intergovernmental body founded in 1967 by ministers of education to provide leadership in education at the pan-Canadian and international levels and contribute to the exercise of the exclusive jurisdiction of provinces and territories over education
  • Languages Canada
    Organization representing Canadian language training (English and French) sector
  • Mitacs
    National not-for-profit research organization which offers a suite of innovative research programs in partnership with companies, government and academia



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