After several months of consultations, Stanford University and the Government of Brazil have finalized an agreement to cooperate on the Brazil Scientific Mobility Program, formerly known as Science Without Borders. The program was established in 2010 by President Dilma Rousseff in response to a UNESCO report that same year which estimated that Brazil had half as many researchers as the world average, and approximately only 14% of the average in developed countries.
The Scientific Mobility Program now proposes to send 100,000 faculty and students abroad in the next five years to study in the STEM fields, and is proposing to underwrite the full course of study for qualified students. The goal is to connect approximately 60 accredited higher education institutions with potential students from Brazil.
Departments in several Stanford University schools intend to participate in the program as a result of this agreement, including the School of Earth Sciences, The Graduate School of Education, the School of Engineering, the School of Humanities & Sciences, and the School of Medicine Departments.
The agreement will provide funding for specific activities in graduate education, including full courses of study for Ph.D. students, visiting student researchers, and postdoctoral scholars. Future agreements are being explored to include joint research projects and industry research partnerships.