International Students

Science without borders

Science without Borders is a large-scale nationwide scholarship programme primarily funded by the Brazilian Federal Government.  The programme seeks to strengthen and expand the initiatives of science and technology, innovation and competitiveness through international mobility of undergraduate and postgraduate students and researchers. 

The programme is a joint effort of the Ministry of Education (MEC) and the Ministry of Science and Technology (MCT) through their respective funding agency - CNPq.

The period of the scholarship is up to 12 months; 9 months of study and 3 months of work placement/project. This is a one year programme as students will return to complete their degrees in Brazil. 

Students will be selected through calls for proposals, which will be announced by CNPq.  Brazilian universities will submit their top students selected on a merit basis which meets requirements for each type of scholarship. 

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Why choose Portsmouth?

We have an excellent reputation for teaching quality and sustained high levels of student satisfaction.  Our commitment to preparing you for your future career is evident in the content of all our programmes, our dedicated careers service and a strong graduate employment record. You will have access to excellent facilities in a vibrant city campus on the beautiful south coast - only 90 minutes by direct train from central London.

The University of Portsmouth has already welcomed three cohorts of Science without Borders students from Brazil. More...

Student profiles

Find out more about what it's like to be a student at Portsmouth by reading these current student profiles:

Undergraduate Studies

We offer a choice of degree programmes from three of our faculties, with over 250 places for SWB students to apply for.  All applicants should apply through Science without Borders UK

We offer the following subjects:


The University has a large number of research centres and institutes. Research areas range from the purest sciences to the most economically and technologically applied ones. Through studies of areas such as materials science, health informatics and the environment, our researchers develop and communicate new insights on topics ranging from nanotechnology to innovative creative technologies, and from the challenges of ageing to new methods of fraud-prevention.

Research at the University of Portsmouth is world-class – with 78 per cent rated internationally recognised and 40 per cent of the research rated internationally excellent or world-leading.  We are also ranked as the top modern UK University for our research and for our teaching. Our International Doctoral students are supported through our experienced and friendly International Office team and our Graduate School.

Please see below the forthcoming deadlines for submission of research proposals to SwB: 

Deadline for submission
of research proposals
Assessment of 
research proposals
Entry date onto course
22 April 2014 July 2014 15 August 2014 Either September 2014 or January 2015
22 August 2014 November 2014 15 December 2014 Either January 2015 or September 2015

Postgraduate researchers have the opportunity to carry out research within the following areas:

Earth and Environmental Sciences:

 Medicine and Health Sciences:

Biological Science and Biotechnology:

Research areas also offering PhD opportunities for both Sandwich and Full PhD applicants:

  • Cosmology and Gravitation
  • Mathematics and Applied Mathematics
  • Computing
  • Electronic and Computer Engineering
  • Animation, Games, Intelligent Systems and Agents, Visualisation and Virtual Reality
  • Architecture
  • Art and Design
  • Civil Engineering
  • Manufacturing and System Engineering
  • Materials and Structural Integrity

All applicants should apply through Science without Borders UK

Placement opportunities

As part of your 12 month programme, you will spend 3 months on placement or on a work project.  There are many companies available for you to undertake your placement with, ranging from small local companies to multinational organisations