Affiliated With Harvard University

How to Apply

Am I eligible?

Candidates should have a proven academic record and 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.
  • present the required score on an English Language Proficiency test taken within the past 2 years. | details►
  • present the recommended GRE revised General Test taken within the past 5 years. | details ►
  • show proof of having completed a bachelor’s, a specialization and/or a master’s degree.

Do you already have admission to a U.S. university? LASPAU only works with candidates who do not have a U.S. university admission. Candidates with admissions must apply for the Ciência sem Fronteiras scholarship directly through CNPq.

Do you have a doctoral degree? Candidates who already have a doctoral degree are not eligible for the Doutorado Pleno Scholarship through LASPAU.

Are you a Permanent Resident or Citizen of the United States? Candidates 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 Ph.D. scholarship.

What if I'm not eligible?

If you are not eligible for the Doutorado Pleno through LASPAU based on the criteria above, you may still be eligible for a Ciência sem Fronteiras scholarship or other opportunity

Please visit the program’s website for more details at:

How do I apply?

  1. Take the TOEFL or the IELTS English Language Proficiency Test and report your scores to LASPAU
  2. Submit your Ciência sem Fronteiras Application
  3. Submit your LASPAU Application
  4. Take the GRE revised General Test 
Required Item Description CsF Application LASPAU Application
Valid passport, Registro Geral (RG) or Registro Nacional de Estrangeiros (RNE) Submit a scanned copy of only one ID card  
Cadastro de Pessoas Físicas (CPF) Include your ID number
CsF Protocol Number

Use your CsF Application protocol number in order to submit your LASPAU application. 


Standardized Test Reports (TOEFL or IELTS) 

Minimum of 79 iBT (550 PBT) or a 6.0 IELTS score. 

Use institutional code 3492 for TOEFL
For IELTS select Institute of International Education from the ‘LASPAU, Academic and Professional Programs for the Americas, affiliated with Harvard University’ listing.

All post-secondary
transcripts and diplomas

Submit scanned copy of your academic records/transcripts for all post-secondary institutions attended including: Bachelor’s Degree, Master’s Degree, Study Abroad or Extras courses

If preselected, you will need official and translated copies sent directly from your institution.

Statement of Purpose Submit in .doc format
Curriculum Vitae Submit in .doc format
Letter of Recommendation Submit 1 letter in .pdf format  
GRE Exam Information (Step 4)

GRE Exam Reports 

 Request the Educational Testing Service (ETS) send your official score reports to LASPAU. LASPAU’s institutional code is 3492. If a department code is required, enter “graduate studies”.

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Note: All required documents must be in English, except the post-secondary transcripts and diplomas.