Canada-Brazil Joint Research Awards -funding for travel

The Canada-Brazil Awards – Joint Research Projects support exchanges of research teams collaborating on bilateral research projects. The projects must engage in collaborative research in mutually beneficial areas of research that is of benefit to both Canada and Brazil. Applicants must clearly explain the advantages of the partnership for both countries, and indicate if a joint peer-reviewed article or book publication is anticipated upon completion of the project. Full instructions and application can be found at 

Note: Guelph Professors intending to apply should email Lynne Mitchell to confirm they are submitting an application and receive help with the applicaiton process through the University's central application account. The Centre for International Programs coordinates applications, contribution agreements and logistics of student travel realted to this funding.


The deadline to submit an online application to the Department of Foreign Affairs, Trade and Development (DFATD) is 11:59 p.m. EDT, November 26, 2019. Applications must be submitted by the Canadian Project Leads, endorsed by their Canadian institutions, in collaboration with their Brazilian counterparts. Late applications will not be considered.

The Brazilian Project Lead must also submit an online application to the Federal Agency for Support and Evaluation of Graduate Education (CAPES) by 05:00 p.m. (Brasilia time) on November 13, 2019.

Any application submitted only to one of the agencies will not be considered.


This competition is open to research teams from Canadian and Brazilian universities. The coordination of the project will be the responsibility of both the Canadian and Brazilian Project Leads and the teams will consist of graduate Project Members from Canadian institutions and PhD Project Members from Brazilian institutions.

Canadian and Brazilian Project Leads:

  • must be citizens or permanent residents of the country of their institution;
  • must be active faculty members or academic staff on sabbatical leave, of a recognized higher education or equivalent degree granting institution;
  • must hold a PhD and must have held the title of doctor for at least four years;
  • must be proficient in the language of instruction at the Canadian institution (English or French); and
  • who are retired faculty members are not eligible.

Canadian and Brazilian Project Members:

  • must be citizens or permanent residents of the country of their institution;
  • must be graduate students – Canadian institutions may propose both Master’s and PhD students with the agreement of their Brazil partner institution;
  • must be enrolled full-time at a post-secondary institution in their country of origin and paying the tuition fees required by that institution for the full duration of the exchange;
  • must be proficient in the language of instruction at the Canadian institution (English or French); and
  • already participating in an exchange program in Canada or in Brazil are not eligible.

Terms and conditions

A submitted application must meet the following terms and conditions to be considered for funding.

  • The Canadian institution must be recognized by its provincial or territorial government.
  • The Canadian institution hosting the Brazilians must waive tuition and/or academic fees for selected students and researchers, as scholarship recipients must be registered full-time and paying tuition to their home institution.
  • The Canadian institution must inform both the candidate and their home institution of any mandatory fees that, in exceptional cases, cannot be waived, prior to applying for a scholarship on the candidate's behalf.
  • Scholarships are not taxable for either the Canadian institution or the scholarship recipient.
  • There must be a Memorandum of Understanding or written agreement between the collaborating Canadian and Brazilian institutions indicating that they intend to collaborate on the same research project and that both institutions agree to waive tuition fees for the students they are hosting.
  • No provision will be made for released time, stipends, salaries, or overhead costs to the institution.
  • The Canadian Project Lead should present a list of Canadian Project Members ready to commence their studies in Brazil as early as April 1, 2020.
  • Priority will be given to projects that have not received funding in previous competitions under the Canada-Brazil Awards - Joint Research Projects.
  • Funding cannot be deferred.
  • For the Canadian Project Lead and Project Members, travel to Brazil may commence as early as April 1 but no later than March 15 of the same fiscal year.

The Canadian and Brazilian teams:

  • must be composed of up to five graduate students (excluding the Project Lead). In the case of the Canadian team, the Canadian Project Lead should have already recruited up to five graduate students for at least the first year of the project, and Canadian institutions may include both Master’s and PhD students with the agreement of their Brazil project partner. In the case of the Brazilian team, it must be composed of up to three PhD students and two Project Leads per year; 
  • must work toward a joint peer-reviewed article or book publication from an academic publisher following the completion of the project;
  • will be required to provide qualitative and quantitative reports during the scholarship period;
  • must ensure that Project Members (graduate students) are exempt of tuition or academic fees at the partner host institution; and
  • make arrangements relating to the research project, including obtaining the necessary visa and study permits, accommodations, local travel, study/research plans, including inter alia appointments with academics and other resource personnel, access to libraries, laboratories and other study centres, as required.

The participating institutions:

  • must agree to host the Project Members and Project Lead from the partner institution.