SCIENCE WITHOUT BORDERS

Who can apply

The Science without Borders scholarship program is open to Brazilian students at undergraduate, PhD and postdoc level in the fields of natural science, health, technology, and engineering.

The subject fields of the Science without Borders programme are as follows:

  1. Engineering and others related fields
  2. Physical and Earth Sciences
  3. Biology, Biomedical and Health Sciences
  4. Computing and Information Technology
  5. Aerospace Technology
  6. Pharmaceuticals
  7. Sustainable Agricultural Production
  8. Oil, Gas and Mineral Coal
  9. Renewable Energy
  10. Minerals Technology 
  11. Biotechnology
  12. Nanotechnology and New Materials
  13. Technologies for Prevention and Mitigation of Natural Disasters
  14. Bioprospecting and Biodiversity
  15. Marine Sciences
  16. Creative Industry (linked to projects and processes for technological development and innovation)
  17. New Technologies in Construction Engineering 

Undergraduate students

To be eligible for the Science without Borders scholarship for undergraduate students, you must be a Brazilian citizen enrolled at a higher education institution in Brazil.

Within some of the subject fields listed above the number of courses offered is very limited. Courses within the following five categories are not available in Norway for students at undergraduate level:

  • Aerospace Technology
  • Minerals Technology
  • Technologies for Prevention and Mitigation of Natural Disasters  
  • New Technologies in Construction Engineering
  • Creative Industry

Please find more information about the subject fields and courses at the different institutions in Norway under What can I study.

You must first apply to CAPES to become a selected candidate for studies in Norway. Science without Borders may provide financial support for studies in Norway for 1 year. The semester in Norway starts early/mid-August. You must return to Brazil to complete your degree.

Universities in Norway offer various courses in English at Bachelor and Master’s level to qualified undergraduate students. The requirements for the different courses vary.

To become a selected candidate for studies in Norway, the following general requirements apply:

  • Students must have completed at least 3 years of their degree.
  • Students are required to meet or exceed the minimum listed English proficiency test scores: 80 points on the TOEFL Internet-based Test, 550 points on the TOEFL ITP Test (not accepted by all institutions), 550 points on the TOEFL Paper-based Test, or 213 points on the TOEFL Computer-based Test. The minimum IELTS score is 6.0.

Some institutions have stricter requirements in terms of years/courses completed and TOEFL/IELTS test scores. Please note that you must have a relevant academic background in order to qualify for the courses to which you apply (for example, if you wish to take Master’s level courses in chemistry, you must have completed bachelor level courses in chemistry at your home institution), and that the Norwegian universities will assess whether you meet the academic requirements for the courses you wish to take.

The University of Oslo, the Norwegian University of Life Sciences, the University of Agder, the University of Nordland and the University of Tromsø do not accept TOEFL ITP tests. If you have questions regarding requirements for specific courses, please find more information on the institutions’ website or contact the institutions directly.

Please note that SIU cannot guarantee that all pre-selected candidates will be admitted to an institution. The final decision on admission lies with the Norwegian host institutions.

PhD and postdoc

Brazilian candidates at PhD and postdoc level may apply for scholarship through the Science without Borders programme for studies in Norway. Scholarships are available for full PhD, sandwich PhD and postdoc.

Full PhD:

  • Selected candidates are eligible for a scholarship for up to 48 months.
  • A letter of acceptance from a Norwegian higher education institution is required
  • For a complete list of requirements for a full PhD scholarship, please see the Science without Borders website.

Sandwich PhD:

  • Selected candidates are eligible for scholarship for a period of 3 to 12 months.
  • You must have completed at least one year of your PhD programme at a Brazilian institution prior to your studies in Norway.
  • A letter of acceptance from a Norwegian higher education institution is required
  • For a complete list of requirements for a Sandwich PhD scholarship, please see the Science without Borders website.

Postdoc:

  • Selected candidates are eligible for scholarship for a period of 6 to 12 months, with a possible extension up to 24 months.
  • You must have completed your PhD degree before applying.
  • A letter of acceptance from a Norwegian higher education institution is required
  • For a complete list of requirements for a postdoc scholarship, please see the Science without Borders website
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