Scholarships

OAS-GCUB 2016 SCHOLARSHIP PROGRAM for Graduate Study in Brazilian universities

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Application Deadline: July 26th 2016

The sixth consecutive edition of the Partnerships Program for Education and Training (PAEC) between the Organization of American States (OAS) and the Coimbra Group of Brazilian Universities (GCUB), with the support of the Brazilian Ministry of Foreign Affairs’ Division of Educational Topics and the Pan American Health Organization (PAHO / WHO) offers more than 400 scholarship opportunities to outstanding citizens of OAS Member States to pursue master’s or doctorate programs in Brazilian universities.

The programs cover various fields of study, cutting edge research and development programs, relevant to the realities and needs of Latin America and the Caribbean. Since its first edition in 2011, the OAS-GCUB Scholarship Program has offered a total of 1,792 scholarships for master’s and doctorate degrees in over 50 participating universities. According to the 2016 QS University Ranking for Latin America, from the top 20 universities in the region, eight are Brazilian universities.

Dates:

  • Approximate starting date for Master’s and Doctoral programs: depends on the academic
    calendar of each Brazilian host university.
  • Approximate completion date for Master’s and Doctoral programs:
  • Master’s programs: Up to 24 months after the starting date of the study program
    and according to the program duration standards of the Brazilian host university.
  • Doctoral programs: Up to 48 months after the starting date of the study program
    and according to the program duration standards of the Brazilian university

Requirements:

  • The scholarship application should be completed individually and may be submitted in
    Portuguese, English, French or Spanish;
  •  The student cannot receive another academic scholarship from the OAS, PAHO or from any Brazilian institution for the same level of studies of the 2016 OAS-GCUB PAEC 2016 application;
  • Hold citizenship or a permanent residency of any of the OAS member states, except of Brazil4;
  • Not be an OAS officer or possess any type of contract with the OAS, at the time of
    application. Representatives of the Permanent Missions to the OAS and their immediate families will not be considered for an OAS-GCUB PAEC scholarship either.
  •  Be in good health (physical and mental) to undertake and successfully conclude graduate studies;
  • Be able to secure additional financial resources to assume the expenses not covered by this scholarship (i.e. airfare, student visa fees, international medical insurance for the duration of studies, and additional subsistence expenses that exceed the amounts described in numeral 2.1.b)

Benefits:

During studies in Brazil, each student will receive the following benefits:
a. Exemption of tuition and monthly or annual academic fees, related to the costs of the
graduate program at the host university, for which the scholarship recipient is selected.
b. Subsistence scholarship2:

  • Master’s: Monthly grants, using as reference the amount paid by CAPES to
    Brazilian students that are enrolled in master’s studies in Brazil, as the
    minimum amount to be paid by the host university, throughout the regular
    study period, for up to a maximum of 24 months, according to the Table of
    Master’s Programs.
  • Doctorates: Monthly grants, using as reference the amount paid by CAPES to
    Brazilian students that are enrolled in doctorate studies in Brazil as the
    minimum amount to be paid by the host university, throughout the regular
    study period, for up to a maximum of 48 months, according to the Table of
    Doctoral Programs.
  • A US$1,200 (one-thousand two-hundred US Dollar) one-time contribution to help
    students defray their settlement expenses, paid in Brazilian Reais, according to the
    official exchange rate on the day the OAS deposits this contribution to the GCUB. This benefit will be awarded to each one of the first 150 approved scholarship recipients.
  • The limit established in item c (mentioned above) may be, at the discretion of the OAS, adjusted depending on the availability of funds, to support a larger number of selected applicants.
    e. In order to receive disbursement of any of the above-mentioned benefits, the student must report to the Brazilian university and follow the Institutional OAS-GCUB PAEC Coordinator’s instructions regarding the registration process: opening a bank account; issuance of documents required by the government of Brazil; obtaining international insurance3 with full medical, hospital and lab-testing coverage, valid in the entire Brazilian territory, including coverage of repatriation of mortal remains; possession of a passport with a valid student visa (Foreigner Statute, Article 13). The payment of the OAS contribution for settlement expenses can take up to three (3) months after the
    arrival of the student to Brazil. Therefore, the scholarship recipient must send the necessary documentation to GCUB, as soon as possible.
  • Access to university restaurants, if any, under the same conditions as any other student at the host university.
  • Access to classes, classrooms, libraries, laboratories and other university services under the same conditions as any other student at the host university.
  • Free access to Portuguese language studies (on-site courses, online courses, tutorials with students or professors, or other modalities), determined by the host university.
    NOTE: Neither the OAS, the GCUB nor the host University will cover any expenses of the scholarship recipient’s companions or dependents.

REQUIRED DOCUMENTATION FOR THE APPLICATION
4.1 Applications must include the following documents:
a. For Master’s and/or Doctoral Programs
I. Fill out and complete OAS-GCUB Scholarship Application Electronic Form;
II. Copy of identification document (citizenship document, passport, national identification document, etc.);
III. Curriculum Vitae (no need to include supporting documents at the time of application. The supporting documentation may be requested by the general
coordinators of the program at any given time);
IV. Transcripts of grades (academic records) of all completed courses during
undergraduate and Master’s studies(if applicable);
V. Diploma or certificate of completion of studies, for Bachelor’s or Master’s(if
applicable);
VI. Two letters of recommendation, preferably from university professors or other
people of renowned academic or work expertise, preferably on institutional letterheads, with University seal, and duly signed before being scanned. These
letters must include the contact information of the referrer.

For More Information:

Visit the Official Webpage of the OAS-GCUB Scholarship Program 2016

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