Science without Borders

We are the first Consortium of Canadian Universities to partner with Brazil’s Science without Borders (Ciência sem fronteiras) program.

The program is a major initiative of the Brazilian government, run through CAPES and CNPq, to grant 100,000 scholarships to the best students from Brazil to support undergraduate and graduate study abroad as well as postdoctoral research at the world’s leading universities.

Undergraduate Funding


Candidates nominated by their university:

  • Candidates must be citizens of Brazil. Students with Canadian or dual citizenship of Canada and Brazil are not eligible for this program.
  • Candidates must be currently attending college or university in Brazil.
Candidates should have completed 20% but no more than 90% of their required degree in Brazil.
  • Candidates must have superior academic abilities. Transcripts should show a consistently high level of performance, indicative of good academic potential.
  • Candidates must be proficient in English or French. Candidates must submit a language score report (TOEFL or IELTS) or proof of French Language Proficiency, for those interested in a French program.

English: Students must have a minimum language proficiency of 6.5 IELTS or TOEFL iBT 86. Candidates can still be admissible if the show a minimum of 5.0 IELTS or TOEFL iBT 63 but will require further English Language courses.

French: Students must have a minimum language proficiency of DALF or DELF of B2. Students who have a DELF/DALF level B1 will be considered admissible to an academic program but will require further French Language courses.

  • Candidates must present official and translated transcripts from an institution recognized by the Ministry of Higher Education.
  • Candidates must agree to remain in Brazil for double the number of months they studied in Canada when they complete the program. (An exception may be granted if the student graduates in Brazil and goes abroad for graduate study.)

Candidates applying independently:

Candidates applying independently must meet all the above requirements, plus the following:

  • Candidates in HEI through ProUni or Sisu (Unified Selection System) require grades at ENEM higher than 600.
  • Candidates must be awarded honours/prizes at Jovem Cientista, CNPq Iniciacao Cientifica—PIBIC or CAPES PIBID.
  • Candidates have to present the proper documentation to prove participation in the programs above.

Canada is currently the number one destination for Brazilians studying abroad, with over 16,000 coming here every year. CALDO has helped improve Canada’s educational relationship with Brazil through exchange agreements with these leading universities:

  • Pontifícia Universidade Católica do Rio de Janeiro (PUC Rio)
  • Universidade de São Paulo (USP)
  • Universidade Estadual de Campinas (UNICAMP)
  • Universidade Federal do Rio de Janeiro (UFRJ)
  • Universidade Federal de Santa Catarina (UFSC)
  • Universidade Federal Fluminense (UFF)

CALDO has opportunities for both undergraduate and graduate students from Brazil to study at Canadian universities.

For more information please visit the Science without Borders website.

Graduate Funding

Who Can Participate

The scholarships are intended for candidates of proven academic performance and potential and candidates who have been approved for study abroad. For the modality of full doctorate scholarship, some institutions may not require a master's degree.

Criteria for Applying

  • Brazilian citizenship (including permanent visa).
  • Formal language proficiency required for the program, with the score required by the foreign
institution, if applicable.
  • Approval after consideration of merit in evaluation by Advisory Committees composed of experts in innovation and technology and, if necessary, in an interview for a specific committee.
  • Full doctoral scholarships for study abroad may not be granted to an applicant who is a regular student of graduate school in Brazil or who already has a doctorate.
  • This scholarship may not be combined with other scholarships with funds from the National Treasury.
  • For a full doctorate, you must justify the option of studying abroad and the relevance of your research topic within Science Without Borders’ areas of development. 

Steps to Obtain a Scholarship

1. Completion of an application on CALDO’s portal

Candidates are required to register and send all the necessary documents through the CALDO portal.

  • Official undergraduate and master’s transcripts with a certified translation in English or French
  • Visiting PhD candidates: official original PhD transcript with a certified translation in English or French
  • English or French language proficiency test results
  • Research statement
  • Academic CV

2. Conditional acceptance into a Canadian university

CALDO will liaise with each of our universities to make sure they have all the information to do a preliminary assessment of candidates’ credentials. Successful students will be sent a letter of acceptance by the university and by a supervisor.

3. Completing and submitting a scholarship application to SwB

Once candidates receive their conditional letter of acceptance and letter from a supervisor from a Canadian university, they then submit their application for the Science without Borders scholarship.

4. Notification to successful candidates

Candidates will have access to the results via the SwB services.

For more information please visit the Science without Borders website.