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SCIENTIFIC MOBILITY IN BRAZIL
How to Become a Host Institution for the Brazilian Government’s New Scholarship Program
By Edward Monks
IN JULY 2011, the Brazilian government launched a new scholarship program known as Ciencias sem Fronteiras, a multiyear initiative to send 75,000 fully funded Brazilian students abroad for training in the science, technology, engineering, and math (STEM) fields, with an additional 25,000 scholarships expected to be funded by the private sector. This initiative is coordinated jointly by the Brazilian Ministry of Science and Technology’s National Council for Scientific and Technological Development (CNPq) and the Ministry of Education’s Federal Agency for the Support and Evaluation of Graduate Education (CAPES). CAPES partnered with the Institute of International Education in August 2011 as the administrator of the undergraduate program in the United States, which allows students to complete up to one year of non-degree study in another country, in addition to an academic training or internship component. Candidates are nominated by their Brazilian universities and apply to the program through CAPES or CNPq. Those applying through CAPES are placed in U.S. colleges and universities by IIE. Students who apply through CNPq seek direct placement at institutions, and IIE works with the institution after the student has accepted the offer of placement. Students who do not meet the minimum TOEFL requirement for immediate academic placement but otherwise
qualify are provided intensive English language training for six to eight weeks and then transition to an academic program. IIE’s pre-academic training department handles the placement of these students in more than 30 IEP’s across the country. IIE is currently working with more than 300 accredited U.S. institutions of all types, sizes, and locations that will host 2,000 Brazilian scholarship students by fall 2012.1 Host institutions are required to offer strong coursework relevant to STEM fields and be prepared to provide excellent international student support services, appropriate housing, meal plans, and assistance in securing an internship. IIE invites U.S. institutions to participate as host institutions in the undergraduate scholarship program. What follows are some of the most frequently asked questions that host institutions have concerning the various requirements and nuances of the program. How many students can a college or university host? That depends on the size of the institution and the fields of study that are offered. Very large institutions are hosting up to twenty students, and smaller institutions are hosting anywhere from one to five.
Does an institution have to be a member of the Common Application to host students? If an institution is not a member of the Common Application, IIE can email a pdf of the application. IIE requests that institutions make an admission decision based on the information that it provides. After students accept their placements and the institutions make direct contact with them, then they can ask students to complete institution-specific forms. Do institutions need to provide funding to the students? There is no requirement for institutions to provide funding at this time. The program is fully funded. IIE, on behalf of CAPES and CNPq, pays the full cost of tuition, room, and board. Students also receive roundtrip travel and health insurance. If institutions are not designated J sponsors, can they still host students? Yes, IIE provides the J-1 sponsorship under its exchange visitor program in the student non-degree category. At the end of the academic semester/year, IIE will take care of the work involved in extending the visas for academic training. If an institution was not chosen to be a host in the past, what is the likelihood that it will be chosen in the future? There is a high likelihood that institutions that previously applied will receive students at some point in the future. The program will continue for a few years, and as the group of students grows, so will the number of institutions where IIE will be able to place these students. For example, for the spring 2012 semester, IIE placed students at just more than 100 institutions. For the fall 2012 semester, IIE has placed students at more than 200 institutions. Are community colleges eligible for the program? Right now, IIE is working with junior- or senior-level students in Brazil. However, there is a community college initiative
Brazilian scholarship students participate in a food bazaar at Montana State University.
Table of Contents for the Digital Edition of IIE Networker - Fall 2012
A Message from Allan E. Goodman
IIENetworker Minister of Higher Education Interview Series: Ju-ho Lee, Republic of Korea
Commemorating Ten Years of IIE's Scholar Rescue Fund
Developing International Strategies in an Increasingly Dynamic Global Environment
Evidence-Based Approach to Strategic International Enrollment Management: A Case Study of American University
The Formal and Informal Aspects of Successful IEM
The Business of Being International Student Friendly
Take a Deep Breath: Making International Enrollment Management Manageable
How to Become a Host Institution for the Brazil Science Without Borders Program
Every Student an International Student: IEM as Part of a Holistic Approach to Campus Internationalization
Seven Resources for Bringing International Students to U.S. Campuses
IIE Networker - Fall 2012
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