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Canada-Brazil Awards - Joint Research Projects: STEP 2

Competition: Open for members of the 2013-2015 Joint Research Projects

Who Applies: Canadian doctoral students preselected by the project leads

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, minimize funding procedures and simplify the contribution agreements.


The Canada-Brazil Awards – Joint Research Projects support exchanges of PhD students in the context of team based bilateral research projects. The following information has been prepared to provide details required for the Canadian doctoral students selected by their institution to participate in this scholarship program. Please refer to the CBJRP program guidelines for further information on the overall program.

Award Value and Duration

Canadian PhD students participating in the project will receive:

  • $9,700 CAN for a research exchange of 5-6 months; or
  • $7,200 CAN for a research exchange of 4 months.

Students may divide their research exchange into more than one trip, should it be necessary, as long as the minimum four month term is reached. It is important to note that Foreign Affairs, Trade and Development Canada (DFATD) will only fund up to a total of six months of a student’s exchange in a specific program year and no additional funds will be provided to cover multiple trips.

The funding will be released through a Contribution Agreement between DFATD and the Canadian institution. The Canadian institution will be responsible for the disbursement of the funds to the student to cover expenses for the following:

  • visa and/or study/work permit;
  • the most economical round trip economy class ticket;
  • health insurance;
  • living allowance; and
  • required books, supplies, and equipment, not including computers.


In order for DFATD to release the funding for each project, it needs to verify that all Canadian PhD students proposed as members of the research team meet the eligibility requirements outlined in the Canada-Brazil Awards - Joint Research Projects: STEP 1 Eligibility section. More precisely, Canadian students must:

  • be citizens or permanent residents of Canada;
  • be doctoral students – Master’s students and post-doctoral researchers will not be considered;
  • be enrolled full-time at a recognized post-secondary institution in Canada and paying the tuition fees required by that institution for the full duration of the exchange;
  • not already be participating in an exchange program in Brazil.

Each Canadian student must complete and submit the DFATD online form, available on this site, and provide the supporting documents as requested.


Each Canadian PhD student participating in the joint research project must complete a form before they travel to Brazil.


Project leads will be informed by the scholarship administrator within a few days if the candidates are approved.

Application Process


Students are encouraged to carefully read the instructions below before beginning the online form. If students experience difficulty filling out or submitting the form, they should send an email to

Canadian students must:

  1. Complete the online form;
    • Individuals who do not have an account will first need to Register an account.
    • Under “For Canadians and Non-Canadians” section, students will need to go to Canada-Brazil Awards - Joint Research Projects – Step 2 and click on Apply Now.
  2. Enter the Project Reference Number provided by the Project Lead;
  3. Enter data in the fields marked mandatory, following instructions for each item;
  4. Upload all required supporting documents;
  5. Upon completion, verify the data prior to submission;
  6. Print the form for their records using the print function in the browser; and
  7. Click SUBMIT to provide their form electronically to DFATD. The student will receive a confirmation message and reference number once their form is submitted.

NOTE: Applicants will have the ability to save their application and complete it at a later time. Both saved and submitted applications will appear on the applicant’s profile homepage.

Supporting documents

The following documents must be uploaded and attached to the online 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.

  • Privacy Notice Statement: a signed copy of the Privacy Notice Statement.
  • Proof of citizenship: copy of a birth certificate, citizenship card, or passport; a baptism certificate is not accepted as proof of citizenship.
  • Proof of full-time enrolment: a short letter from the home institution, on official letterhead, confirming that the student is currently enrolled in a full-time program at the doctoral level and is paying tuition fees for the full duration of the scholarship. This letter can be signed by the Project Lead.


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, Trade and Development Canada (DFATD) 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.


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