science without borders


Welcome to Science Without Borders Canada!

This site contains general information about the Science Without Borders–Brazil Undergraduate Scholarship Program in Canada. It provides links to participating partners and universities and will help pre-selected scholarship candidates navigate through the Canadian application process.


Science Without Borders (SWB) is a large-scale nationwide scholarship program primarily funded by the Brazilian federal government with support from the private sector. The main goal of the initiative is to promote the consolidation and expansion of science, technology and innovation in Brazil by means of international exchange and mobility. In placing both undergraduate and graduate students as well as researchers from Brazil in international institutions of excellence around the world, and in inviting their counterparts to Brazil, the strategy aims to create a highly competitive and entrepreneurial environment. With 101,000 scholarships to be awarded over the next four years, the program is a joint initiative of Brazil’s Ministry of Education (MEC) and the Ministry of Science and Technology (MCT) through their respective funding agencies – CAPES and CNOq, representing an investment of close to $2 billion over the next four years.

The Canadian Bureau for International Education (CBIE) in collaboration with the Association of Universities and Colleges of Canada (AUCC) and Languages Canada has an agreement with CAPES to administer the majority of Canadian Science Without Borders scholarships at the undergraduate level, with a starting date of September 2012. Dedicated SWB staff at CBIE are managing these scholarships. Their services include the Canadian application process, student placement, an orientation session and visa procurement assistance. CBIE will also be responsible for the payment of tuition fees to Canadian institutions on behalf of CAPES and/or CNOq.

Students participating in Science Without Borders Canada will have access to 946 academic programs offered at 95 AUCC member institutions! Areas of study that will be offered through the 2012-2013 Science Without Borders undergraduate program include:

  • Engineering and Other Related Fields
  • Physical and Earth Sciences
  • Biology, Biomedical and Health Sciences
  • Computing and Information Technology
  • Aerospace Technology
  • Pharmaceuticals
  • Sustainable Agricultural Production
  • Oil, Gas and Mineral Coal
  • Renewable Energies
  • Minerals Technology
  • Biotechnology
  • Nanotechnology and New Materials
  • Technologies for Prevention and Mitigation of Natural Disasters
  • Biodiversity and Bioprospecting
  • Marine Sciences
  • Creative Industry (architecture, design, software, computer games, electronic publishing, publicity, film, video, photography, music, dance, theatre, television, radio, editing)
  • New Technologies in Construction Engineering
  • Training of Technologists

The CBIE/AUCC/Languages Canada agreement with CAPES/CNOq covers the majority of the SWB scholarships awarded for study in Canada. However, there are a few other bilateral agreements in place between Canadian institutions and CAPES/CNOq. For information regarding these particular scholarships, refer directly to the institution in question. If you are interested in studying at the University of Alberta, Université Laval, Dalhousie University or the University of Ottawa, please contact the CALDO consortium of universities directly at

Students Interested in Technological, Technical, Professional Level Programs: the Association of Canadian Community Colleges (ACCC) administers a parallel scholarship initiative for students in technological, technical or professional level programs. Please contact Mehdi Abdelwahab at for more information.