How to Apply

Eligibility | Application Process

Eligibility:

The scholarship is offered to candidates with a proven academic record who demonstrate achievement in their field of study and show potential for future leadership and accomplishments in science and technology.

To be considered for the scholarship, you must:

  • be a Brazilian citizen or a foreign citizen with a Brazilian permanent visa;
  • receive the required score on an English Language Proficiency test | details►
  • take the GRE revised General Test | details ►
  • receive a Bachelor's degree on or before June 30, 2015
    **proof of completion or declaration of enrollment that includes anticipated graduation date is required.

Candidates who have an admission letter from a U.S. university should not apply for LASPAU’s academic placement services; they must apply for the Ciência sem Fronteiras scholarship directly through CNPq’s application.

LASPAU only works with candidates who do not have U.S. university admission. Please note that LASPAU only supports academic placement for programs that begin August or September 2015.

Candidates who held an undergraduate Ciência sem Fronteiras (Graduação Sanduíche) scholarship are welcome to apply. Read more about eligibility requirements on the Ciência sem Fronteiras website.

If you are currently enrolled in a Master's program, you must complete your degree by June 30, 2015. If you drop out, or take a leave of absence, or trancar, you will be ineligible for scholarship.

Candidates who already have a doctoral degree, who hold permanent resident status (green card holder) in the United States, or who are citizens of the United States are not eligible for a PhD scholarship.

Application Process:

 

1. Take the TOEFL or the IELTS English Language Proficiency Test

You are required to take one of the following tests and receive the minimum required score. Please note that the TOEFL test is preferred. Not all U.S. universities accept the IELTS. No other English proficiency test will be accept

TOEFL iBT®

The TOEFL internet-based test must be taken May 1, 2013 or later.

Minimum required score: 79

Important: Have the Educational Testing Service (ETS) send your official TOEFL score reports to LASPAU. LASPAU’s institutional code is 3492. If a department code is required, enter "graduate studies".

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TOEFL® PBT

The TOEFL internet-based test must be taken May 1, 2013 or later.

Minimum required score: 550

Important: Have the Educational Testing Service (ETS) send your official TOEFL score reports to LASPAU. LASPAU’s institutional code is 3492. If a department code is required, enter "graduate studies".

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IELTS

The IELTS must be taken May 1, 2013 or later.

Minimum required score: overall band score of 6.0

Important: Have the British Council send your official scores to LASPAU, Academic and Professional Programs for the Americas, affiliated with Harvard University

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2. Submit Both Applications

Deadline: September 26, 2014 at 11:59 pm EST

CsF-CNPq Application

LASPAU Application

You are encouraged to apply early to give LASPAU ample time to help you prepare your documents for the academic placement process.

Scanned copies of your TOEFL or IELTS test scores, GRE test scores (if available), valid passport (if available) or Registro Geral card or Registro Nacional de Estrangeiros cards, all your post-secondary academic transcripts (copies in native language are accepted) must be submitted with your application, as well as your statement of purpose and curriculum vitae.

Necessary documents for your Ciência sem Fronteiras and LASPAU applications.

3. Take the GRE revised General Test

GRE® revised General Test

The GRE exams must be taken May 1, 2011 or later.

Recommended Scores

For exams taken before August 2011
quantitative score of 700
verbal score of 500
analytical writing score of 3.0

For exams taken on or after August 2011
quantitative score of 155
verbal score of 153
analytical writing score of 3.0

 

 

 

Important: Have the Educational Testing Service (ETS) send your official revised General Test score reports to LASPAU. LASPAU’s institutional code is 3492. If a department code is required, enter "graduate studies".

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