Science Without Borders

Yale supports Brazil’s scientific development efforts as a participating university in the Science Without Borders (SWB) Program (also known as the Brazil Scientific Mobility Program) through an agreement with CAPES, the Brazilian Agency for Support and Evaluation of Graduate Education.

Brazilian students interested in studying at Yale with financial support from SWB must comply with the normal application requirements for the particular Yale academic program in which they are interested.  SWB fully funds all costs, including tuition and fees, and provides a sufficient stipend for living expenses for the duration of the student’s enrollment at Yale.  Students are responsible for following all applicable Yale and SWB procedures.

  • Full Ph.D programs - students interested in being funded through SWB must apply to SWB before submitting their application to the Yale Graduate School of Arts and Sciences (http://www.yale.edu/graduateschool/admissions/).  The student may then apply to Yale while identifying themselves as a CAPES sponsored applicant and submitting a conditional offer of funding letter.  Please note that being selected for SWB funding does not guarantee admission to a Yale program.  SWB will periodically issue calls for applications that will include detailed instructions and deadlines. 
  • Shorter term Ph.D. “sandwich” programs (for students currently enrolled in a Ph.D. program at a Brazilian university who want to perform dissertation research at Yale) – students must apply to SWB prior to contacting Yale faculty or departments. Once accepted into SWB, students must secure the approval of a member of the Yale faculty in one of the designated departments or schools (see below). Students must consult the Yale Graduate School of Arts and Sciences’ site for appointment procedures as a “Visiting Assistant in Research” (VAR) at http://www.yale.edu/graduateschool/admissions/dsr_var.html.
  • Postdoctoral fellowships (min 6 months, max 24 months at Yale) – candidates must apply to SWB prior to contacting Yale faculty or departments.  Once accepted into SWB, fellows must secure the approval of a member of the Yale faculty in one of the designated departments or schools (see below).  Candidates must meet eligibility requirements for a postdoctoral position at Yale and be appointed through the hosting department. More information on postdoctoral appointments is available at http://www.yale.edu/postdocs/
  • Master’s programs - support available for study in select Master’s programs. Candidates must apply to SWB prior to contacting Yale faculty or departments.
  • Bachelor’s programs - SWB support is not currently available to undergraduate students, however, interested students are invited to apply to Yale College through the regular admissions process.  See: http://admissions.yale.edu/international

Yale’s participation in the Science Without Borders program does not guarantee admission to Yale.  All decisions are made by the respective academic program. 

Programs in the following Yale schools and departments are eligible for support by SWB.  Those programs marked with an asterisk (*) are departments within the Yale Graduate School of Arts and Sciences.  Interested students must apply to a program in one of these areas.  It is the student’s responsibility to ensure that a program will be funded under the SWB program.

  • Applied Mathematics *
  • Applied Physics *
  • Biological and Biomedical Sciences (BBS) *
  • Chemistry *
  • Computational Biology and Bioinformatics *
  • Ecology and Evolutionary Biology *
  • Engineering and Applied Science *
  • Forestry and Environmental Studies, School of
  • Geology and Geophysics *
  • Mathematics *
  • Nursing, School of
  • Physics *
  • Public Health, School of
  • Statistics *

Check the following links for additional information on the Science Without Borders Program:
Ciência sem Fronteiras
Science without Borders - Lemann Foundation
CAPES