Competition: Open for 2013-2015
Deadline: July 3, 2013
Who Applies: the Canadian professor who will take on the role of Project Lead Description: The objective of this scholarship program is to support team-oriented research projects between Canadian and Brazilian universities in key areas of mutual cooperation.
NOTE: The program has been restructured to facilitate participation and minimize bureaucratic procedures.
The Canada-Brazil Awards – Joint Research Projects support exchanges of PhD students in the context of team based bilateral research projects. The projects must engage in collaborative research in key academic areas of bilateral cooperation leading to an eventual publication or collaborative research in line with the objectives of the Canada-Brazil Framework Agreement for Cooperation on Science, Technology and Innovation. Applicants must clearly explain the advantages of the partnership for both countries.
Projects may last up to 24 months. In the first year, projects must start in the fall semester 2013.
Terms and conditions of the second year of funding will remain the same as in the first year with the understanding that the composition of the PhD students may change.
On behalf of the Government of Canada, Foreign Affairs and International Trade, Canada (DFAIT) provides funding for a maximum of five (5) Canadian PhD students per project, per year for a period of six (6) months in Brazil. Funding will also be provided to the Canadian Project Lead for one (1) short-term faculty visit to Brazil per year, if required.
The scholarship value is:
Canadian institutions will disburse funds to the Canadian student or researcher to cover costs including:
On behalf of the Government of Brazil, the Federal Agency for Support and Evaluation of Graduate Education (CAPES) will provide funding for the Brazilian team. Information regarding scholarship values related to the Brazil project team can be accessed on the CAPES website (Portuguese only).
The Canadian institution will receive funding for all approved Canadian participants to the joint research project in the form of a contribution agreement and will be responsible for providing the funds to scholarship recipients.
Subject to the terms and conditions of the Contribution Agreement, funding will be disbursed by cheque to the Canadian institution following receipt of the following supporting documents:
Scholarships will be disbursed to the recipients according to the Canadian institution’s internal processes and in accordance with the terms and conditions of the Contribution Agreement. All non-allocated funds must be returned to DFAIT via the scholarship program administrator, the Canadian Bureau for International Education (CBIE), if any members of the research team do not take up the award.
This competition is open to research teams from Canadian and Brazilian universities. The coordination of the project will be the responsibility of both the Canadian and Brazilian Project Leads and the teams will consist of PhD students from both institutions.
Canadian and Brazilian Project Leads:
Canadian and Brazilian Project Members:
An application submitted that does not meet the following terms and conditions may not be considered for funding.
The Canadian and Brazilian teams:
The deadline to submit an online application to DFAIT is 11:59 p.m. EDT, July 3, 2013. Applications must be submitted by the Canadian Project Leads in collaboration with their Brazilian counterparts. Late applications will not be considered.
It is the responsibility of the Canadian institution to ensure that supporting documents are received by the deadline. Supporting documents, other than those requested, will not be accepted.
Canadian Project Leads will be contacted in August 2013 by the scholarship administrator regarding the status of their proposal.
Canadian teams with a successful proposal will receive a contribution agreement for the administration and disbursement of scholarships to the Canadian research team.
Though Foreign Affairs and International Trade, Canada (DFAIT) and the Federal Agency for Support and Evaluation of Graduate Education (CAPES) have issued similar application procedures and program guidelines, some important differences exist to reflect country-specific needs.
Canadian and Brazilian Project Leads:
Canadian Project Leads:
The following eight (8) documents must be uploaded and attached to the online application form in one of the following formats: .pdf, .jpg, .doc, .docx, .txt or .gif. Each document must be smaller than 5 Mb in order for the application to upload successfully.
The Canadian Project Lead must submit a completed online application form and attach all supporting documents.
Note: Additional information regarding Canadian and Brazilian team members will be requested from the Canadian Project Lead for selected projects.
All applications received by the deadline and that meet the eligibility criteria will be reviewed in Canada and Brazil through peer review boards in their respective countries.
Pre-selected proposals will then be evaluated by a joint Canadian and Brazilian Selection Committee. In making the final selection, attention will be given to projects supporting key areas of bilateral cooperation and mutual interest which encourage research collaboration as well as a high degree graduate student mobility.
Applications will be evaluated based on the following criteria:
The scholarship administrator is not able to provide feedback for unsuccessful candidates.
These scholarships are subject to the availability of funding from the Governments of Canada and Brazil.
The Canada-Brazil Awards - Joint Research Projects is the first scholarship program created in the context of the Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) signed in August 2010 between Foreign Affairs and International Trade Canada (DFAIT) and the Federal Agency for Support and Evaluation of Graduate Education (CAPES) in Brazil.
Ten projects were selected as part of the inaugural cohort of this initiative in 2011.