Edition 173 - September 2015

Brazil: A bleak 2016 for Science without Borders

Brazil’s popular Science without Borders scholarship programme finds itself on shaky ground owing to looming spending cuts in education. Following the economic slowdown and the strain of the strong US dollar, the Brazilian government has been forced to suspend the programme for 2016. Brazil’s flagship study abroad initiative was created in 2011 to send 101 000 researchers and university students in the fields of Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics (STEM) to universities in partner countries. The programme was expected to provide 100 000 more scholarships for Brazilian students who want to study abroad in its second phase running from 2015 to 2018 (see ACA Newsletter – Education Europe, July 2014).

As reported in Folha de São Paulo, the budget for the programme for 2016 will be cut by 40.3% from the previous year, which means that the scheme will likely not be offering any new scholarships for 2016 and will only be able to continue to support those students who have already started their study abroad. Reportedly, even larger cuts for the programme were on the table for a while, but were ultimately rejected due to their expected negative effect on participating students. The discussion on the final version of the budget has not been concluded yet, but so far, the fate of the programme beyond 2016 remains unclear. 

Folha de São Paulo 

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