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Canada-Brazil Scholarship Program, North Region

In 2016-17, Colleges and Institutes Canada (CICan) put in place the Canada-Brazil Scholarship Program (CBSP) in recognition of the privileged relationship it’s had with Brazil for more than a decade.

The CBSP was dedicated to Brazilian students who were studying at Federal Institutes (IFs) across the country and were interested in improving their English or French and studying at Canadian colleges and institutes. Overall, a total of nineteen (19) scholarships were awarded to students from different locations in Brazil however, none were granted to the north region.

Consequently, CICan will offer in 2017-2018, two (2) scholarships dedicated to Brazilian students from the north region of Brazil who are currently studying at a Federal Institute (IF) and who meet the eligibility criteria listed below.

Each scholarship is composed of 3 components: language training (English or French), two academic semesters and an internship/field placement or research project. Some areas of study may not be available (i.e. health programs, etc.).

Each member institution from the Federal Network of Vocational Education, Science and Technology located in the north region of Brazil can nominate two (2) candidates. These institutions are: Instituto Federal do Acre (IFAC), Instituto Federal do Amapá (IFAP), Instituto Federal do Amazonas (IFAM), Instituto Federal do Pará (IFPA), Instituto Federal de Rondônia (IFRO) and Instituto Federal de Tocantins (IFTO).


Duration

The duration of the scholarship is for a maximum of 16 months. It includes language training (English or French) for a maximum of 4 months, two post-secondary semesters (8 months), and a 2-4 months internship/field placement or research project.

Proposed study plan:
September to December 2017 – Language training
January to April/May 2018 – Post-secondary studies
May/June to August 2018 – Internship/field placement/research project
September to December 2018 – Post-secondary studies

Value

The scholarship covers:

  • Tuition fees;
  • An allowance for study material;
  • Travel expenses to and from Canada;
  • Emergency health insurance during the period of study in Canada;
  • Settle-in allowance;
  • Monthly allowance.

Eligibility Requirements

The scholarship candidate must:

  1. Be nominated by the International Relations Advisor or an institution representative designated by the rector. The institution must be a member of the Federal Network of Vocational Education, Science and Technology in Brazil.
  2. Be a Brazilian citizen.
  3. Be currently registered full-time at an institution located in the north region of Brazil that is a member of the Federal Network of Vocational Education, Science and Technology.
  4. Have completed at least 2 consecutive semesters of a “curso superior tecnólogo” in a technological program at an institution located in the north region of Brazil that is a member of the Federal Network of Vocational Education, Science and Technology.
  5. Have completed at least 2 consecutive semesters of full-time studies with no failures, incomplete grades or repeats.
  6. Have at least one academic semester to be completed upon his/her return from the scholarship program in Canada.
  7. Have a cumulative grade point average (GPA) (média geral de rendimento acadêmico) of 7.0 or higher.
  8. Provide satisfactory results in one of the following English or French Language Proficiency tests:
    • IELTS – with an overall score of 5.5 with no less than 4.5 in any of the four bands, with test results within the last two years (2015).
    • TOEFL iBT with a minimum score of 64 with test results within the last two years (2015).
    • TOEFL ITP with a minimum score of 500 with test results within the last two years (2015).
    • TCF with a minimum score of B1 (level 3) with test results within the last two years (2015).
    • DELF with a minimum score of B1 with test results within the last two years (2015).
  9. Arrive in Canada for the beginning of the training and return to Brazil after the completion of the scholarship to resume studies at the original Brazilian institution. Failure to arrive on time to start the study plan may result in the cancellation of the scholarship.

Application Process

To apply for the scholarship, students must be nominated by their International Relations Advisor or an institution representative designated by the rector since it is one of the eligibility criteria.

The application form and all supporting documents (listed below) must be submitted to the International Relations Advisor or an institution representative designated by the rector no later than June 12, 2017. Applications will then be submitted to Conif (cc CICan) for consideration and evaluation.

The application form, the list of available programs and the host colleges and institutes, as well as the Release of Personal Information Consent Form are available on the CICan website.

Supporting Documents 

The following documents must be attached to the application form:

  1. Proof of citizenship: a copy of the candidate’s passport with valid dates or a copy of the National ID card (RG#).
  2. Official copy of transcript: a copy in English or French of the candidate’s latest transcript.
  3. Program and course descriptions: A brief program and course descriptions translated into English or French.
  4. Curriculum vitae (resume): candidate’s curriculum vitae in English or French.
  5. Proof of language proficiency: a copy of the results of the candidate’s language proficiency in English or French. The test must have been completed in 2015 or after. Acceptable tests are as follows: English: IELTS, TOEFL iBT, TOEFL ITP French: TCF and DELF
  6. Letter of intent from the candidate: a letter in English or French outlining the background and discussing goals and motivation to study in Canada (maximum one page).
  7. Letter of support from the International Relations Advisor or an institution representative designated by the rector: a letter in English or French supporting the nomination and demonstrating how studying in Canada will benefit the candidate and complement his/her studies in Brazil.
  8. Statement of Commitment: a signed copy of the document indicating that the candidate agrees to disseminate his/her exchange experience among the academic community through a final report, and a presentation in a public event, such as: lecture, workshop or seminar.
  9. Release of Personal Information Consent Form: a signed copy of the Release of Personal Information Consent Form providing authorization by the candidate for CICan to release and exchange personal information related to the studies in Canada with Conif, the selection committee, the home institution and the host institution (Canadian college/institute).

Deadline

The application form and all supporting documents (listed above) must be submitted to the International Relations Advisor or an institution representative designated by the rector no later than June 12, 2017. The institution must be a member of the Federal Network of Vocational Education, Science and Technology.

Selection Process 

Only one scholarship can be awarded to an institution located in the north region of Brazil that is a member of the Federal Network of Vocational Education, Science and Technology.