Scheme offers opportunities for Brazilian students

Scheme offers opportunities for Brazilian students

The University of Aberdeen is participating in a Brazilian Government scholarship scheme to give students from the country the opportunity to study at institutions across the globe.

The University is one of 77 UK institutions involved in the Science without Borders programme.

The scheme will enable 100,000 students to undertake degree courses in science, technology, engineering, mathematics, and the creative industries, at universities in countries including the UK.

Up to 10,000 Brazilian students will be given the opportunity to study one year study abroad programmes, full PhDs, Sandwich PhDs and exchanges at postdoctoral research level in the UK over the next 4 years. 

The application process for undergraduate Brazilian students interested in participating went live on April 28 and students have until May 15 to make their applications.

The first cohort of successful students to receive scholarships though the scheme, will embark on degree courses at the University of Aberdeen in September.

Welcoming the scholarship programme, Professor Albert Rodger, Vice-Principal for External Affairs at the University of Aberdeen said: “The Science without Borders programme is an exceptional addition to the University of Aberdeen’s strong portfolio of scholarships, which help provide students from across the globe opportunities to study at this institution.

“Recipients of the scholarships will have the chance to develop skills and expertise in which will position them well for future employment opportunities, whilst also benefitting from the unique student experience that Aberdeen offers.”

Dr Joanna Newman, Director of the UK HE International Unit which is administrating the scheme in the UK said: "Higher education institutions in the UK have a strong reputation internationally with both employers and governments and our involvement in this scheme is testament to that. We are exceptionally proud of all the institutions taking part; they represent the range and diversity of the Higher Education sector. The common strand amongst them is that they are defined by quality and we know they will offer Brazilian students the very best student experience. This programme will bring mutual benefits to the Higher Education sectors in both countries and both the UK and Brazil are committed to building on this successful partnership to support longer term collaboration".

For more information regarding the scheme including eligibility criteria and how to apply visit www.europeunit.ac.uk/member-services/partnerships/science-without-borders.aspx or http://www.abdn.ac.uk/international/brazil.php .  The deadline for undergraduate applications is May 15, 2012.

Notes to Editors

The Science without Borders scholarship programme is an initiative of President Rousseff and the Brazilian Government

Science without Borders is administered by two Brazilian Government agencies: CAPES and CNPQ.

Science without Borders in the UK, is managed by the UK HE International Unit for Universities UK: http://sciencewithoutborders.international.ac.uk/

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