Brazilian government to award 100,000 international tech scholarships

Program aims to generate more interest in STEM subjects and strengthen the innovation ecosystem in Brazil

The Brazilian government will award 100,000 new international scholarships as part of its student mobility programme Science without Borders.

The announcement, made by president Dilma Rousseff last week, referred to the new phase of the Science Without Borders, forecast to commence next year. The program is a large scale nationwide scholarship programme primarily funded by the Brazilian federal government launched in 2011.

The program's aim is to generate more interest in STEM subjects (science, technology, engineering and maths) as well as strengthen and boost initiatives within science and technology, innovation and competitiveness through international mobility of undergraduate and graduate students and researchers.

In the first stage of the initiative (2011-2014), more than 83,000 scholarships were awarded so that Brazilian students could study in other countries. The target set by the federal government is to provide 101,000 scholarships by the end of this year - according to president Rousseff, the government will reach that goal.

The Minister of Science, Technology and Innovation, Clelio Campolina Diniz, who was also present at the announcement, remarked that Brazil's recent higher education track record shows a country with "minimal levels of schooling," and that the international scholarship program is core to changing that scenario, as well as improving Brazil's overall development.

"[Science without Borders] creates opportunities and motivation to strengthen the national academic system by bringing international experiences to modernize our own ecosystem", Campolina points out.