CNPq-TWAS Fellowships Program for Developing Countries’ Students in Brazil, 2013

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National Council for Scientific and Technological Development and TWAS offers Fellowship Program for Developing Countries Students except Brazil in the field of Agrarian Sciences, Biological Sciences, Medical & Health Sciences, Chemical Sciences, Engineering Sciences, Mathematics & Probability and Statistics, Computer Science, Physics, Astronomy and Geosciences and Oceanography. The students of developing countries (other than Brazil) can apply. The application deadline is 5th  July.

Study Subject(s): Fellowships are provided in the field of Agrarian Sciences, Biological Sciences, Medical & Health Sciences, Chemical Sciences, Engineering Sciences, Mathematics & Probability and Statistics, Computer Science, Physics, Astronomy and Geosciences and Oceanography.
Course Level: Fellowships are available for pursuing PhD, Sandwich PhD or Postdoctoral research level.
Scholarship Provider: National Council for Scientific and Technological Development and TWAS.
Scholarship can be taken at: Brazil

Eligibility: (1) For PhD- The PhD fellowship is directed to researchers who still do not have a PhD degree and would like to undertake it in Brazil. Please note that the CNPq-TWAS Fellowships Program only supports courses undertaken in Post-Graduate Programs evaluated as 5,6 or 7 by the Brazilian Federal Agency for Support and Evaluation of Graduate Education (CAPES).
-If the candidate has previously received stipends from other Brazilian agencies to undertake his/her PhD, these stipends will count to the maximum duration of CNPq-TWAS fellowship.
(2) For Sandwich PhD- The Sandwich PhD is directed to those scholars who would like to have an international experience at a Brazilian Post-Graduate Program during their PhD course. Please note that the CNPq-TWAS Fellowships Program only supports courses undertaken in Post-Graduate Programs evaluated as 5, 6 or 7 by the Brazilian Federal Agency for Support and Evaluation of Graduate Education (CAPES).
-Students who wish to undertake a Sandwich Program must be enrolled in their PhD course for at least one (01) year by the date of the submission.
(3) For Post-Doctoral Research-  The Post-Doctoral Research Fellowship is directed to those established and employed researchers who wish to do Post-Doctoral research at a Brazilian Post-Graduate Program evaluated as 5, 6 or 7 by the Brazilian Federal Agency for Support and Evaluation of Graduate Education (CAPES).

Scholarship Open for International Students: The students of developing countries (other than Brazil) (Afghanistan, Gambia, Mozambique, Bangladesh, The Guinea, Myanmar, Benin, Guinea-Bisau, Nepal, Burkina Faso, Haiti, Niger, Burundi, Kenya, Rwanda, Cambodia, Korea, Dem Rep., Sierra Leone, Central African Republic, Kyrgyz Republic, Somalia, Liberia, Tajikistan, Comoros, Madagascar, Tanzania, Malawi, Togo, Congo, Dem. Rep, Eritrea, Mali, Uganda, Ethiopia, Mauritania, Zimbabwe, Albania, Indonesia, Samoa, Armenia, India, São Tomé and Principe, Belize, Iraq, Senegal, Bhutan, Kiribati, Solomon Islands, Bolivia, Kosovo, South Sudan, Cameroon, Lao PDR, Sri Lanka, Cape Verde, Lesotho, Sudan, Congo, Rep., Marshall Islands, Swaziland, Côte d’Ivoire, Micronesia, Fed. Sts., Syrian Arab Republic, Djibouti, Moldova, Timor-Leste, Egypt, Arab Rep., Mongolia, Tonga, El Salvador, Morocco, Ukraine, Fiji, Nicaragua, Uzbekistan, Georgia, Nigeria, Vanuatu, Ghana, Pakistan, Vietnam, Guatemala, Papua New Guinea, West Bank and Gaza, Guyana, Paraguay, Yemen, Rep, Honduras, Philippines, Zambia, Angola, Ecuador, Palau, Algeria, Gabon, Panama, American Samoa, Grenada, Peru, Antigua and Barbuda, Iran, Islamic Rep., Romania, Argentina, Jamaica, Russian Federation, Azerbaijan, Jordan, Serbia, Belarus, Kazakhstan, Seychelles, Bosnia and Herzegovina, Latvia, South Africa, Botswana, Lebanon, St. Lucia, Libya, St. Vincent and the Grenadines, Bulgaria, Lithuania, Suriname, Chile, Macedonia, FYR, Thailand, China, Malaysia, Tunisia, Colombia, Maldives, Turkey, Costa Rica, Mauritius, Turkmenistan, Cuba, Mexico, Tuvalu, Dominica, Montenegro and Uruguay) can apply for the Fellowship.

Scholarship Description:  The Brazilian National Council for Scientific and Technological Development (CNPq-MCTI) and TWAS, the academy of sciences for the developing world, invite interested researchers to apply for this Program. This Call for Applications aims to select young researchers from developing countries (except Brazil) to undertake their PhD, Sandwich PhD or Post-Doctoral Research in Brazil in the below mentioned areas of interest. Brazilian scientists or students are not eligible for this call, but may apply for fellowships under all the other TWAS Fellowships programs.

Number of award(s): The CNPq-TWAS Program offers 30 Sandwich PhD fellowships, 20 full time PhD fellowships and 10 Post-Doc fellowships.  If there are not enough qualified proposals in one of the fellowship types, CNPq and TWAS will decide upon the reallocation of resources in order to support qualified proposals in other fellowship type.

Duration of award(s): -The maximum duration of the PhD fellowship is up to 48 months, nonextendable.
-The duration of the Sandwich PhD Fellowship is from 6 months up to 12 months.
-The duration of the Post Doc Fellowship is from 6 months up to 12 months.

What does it cover?  The below listed items are part of the CNPq-TWAS fellowships, according to each type of fellowship. The CNPq-TWAS Fellowship does not concede any additional resources for family members. Approved candidates must be financially responsible for their family members.
(1) Items to be paid by TWAS: Return air ticket to Brazil – One international air ticket (return economy class by the shortest and most economic route) to leave home country and come to Brazil. No additional tickets shall be provided.
-Refund of visa expenses – Lump sum to cover costs related to obtaining the Brazilian visa.
-Initial lump sum – Initial lump sum to be paid after the awardee’s arrival in Brazil.
-Excess luggage costs upon completion of the fellowship, only for periods of stay longer than twelve (12) months (only full time PhD fellows).
(2) Items to be paid by CNPq: -Monthly stipends – Monthly stipends (non convertible into foreign currency).
-Bench fee (only PhD and Post-Doc fellows) – Additional monthly amount for research-related expenses.
(3)Monthly stipends R$ 2.200,00(PhD), R$ 2.200,00(For Sandwich PhD), R$ 4.100,00(For Post-Doctoral Research)

Selection Criteria: Not Known

Notification: Outcome will be announced in October 2013.

How to Apply: Applicants must be aware that CNPq and TWAS will not accept applications submitted by any other means except via the online application form.The documents listed below are of utmost importance to the application. In the absence of any of them, the application will be disqualified.
-TWAS Application form completely filled out as a WORD
-Signature Page of TWAS Application form, signed and
-Detailed research project, previously approved by the Brazilian supervisor;
-Lattes Curriculum, the CNPq standard online Curriculum Vitae
-Degree certificate (Master’s for full time PhD and Sandwich PhD applicants /
-PhD’s for Post-Doctoral applicants);
-Curriculum Vitae, including a list of publications;
-Copy of the passport showing personal and validity details;
-Official letter of acceptance signed by the head of the host department
–Acceptance letters signed only by the supervisor will not be accepted and the application will be disqualified.
- The acceptance letter must also state the name of the Brazilian supervisor and the course duration in months (36, 48 or as defined by the university).
- Certificate of proficiency in Portuguese and/or Spanish and/or English. If one of these languages is the applicant’s mother-tongue, a brief declaration must be sent.
- Support declaration from the supervisor from the home institution, containing the student’s first date of enrollment in his/her PhD (only for Sandwich PhD applicants).
- Supporting statement from the head/director of the applicant’s employer

Scholarship Application Deadline: The application deadline is 5th July.

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