Yale-CAPES program to prepare Brazil’s next generation of science leaders

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Yale University and The Brazilian Federal Agency for Support and Evaluation of Graduate Education (CAPES) are launching a joint program to recruit top graduates from institutions in Brazil to attend Yale’s Combined Program in Biological and Biomedical Sciences (BBS).

Students will be supported with funding from both CAPES and Yale. Only students from Brazil who are both admitted by Yale University, and approved for a scholarship from CAPES are eligible.

Yale’s BBS program is a comprehensive, interdisciplinary graduate program with eight tracks:

  • Biochemistry, quantitative biology, biophysics and structural biology
  • Computational biology and bioinformatics
  • Immunology
  • Microbiology
  • Molecular cell biology, genetics, and development
  • Molecular medicine, pharmacology, and physiology
  • Neuroscience
  • Plant molecular biology

The goal of BBS is to prepare the scholars to become the next generation of scientific leaders.

For this program, CAPES participating students will be introduced to the critical practices, strategies, and conventions necessary to become future leaders in biological and biomedical research. For example, students will meet with faculty to gain insights on how to succeed in a variety of pursuits including graduate school, running a successful research lab, or translating basic biomedical discoveries into clinical advancements.

The BBS program has no departmental or geographical boundaries so participating students gain access to courses, seminars, and faculty labs across Yale. In addition, Yale’s main campus and medical school are within walking distance of one another, enabling students to easily participate in research activities and courses on the main campus as well as at the Yale School of Medicine and Yale’s West Campus.

The program lasts for up to six years, a format that is different from Brazilian graduate programs. In their first year at Yale, students will study two to three subjects per semester and complete two to four laboratory rotations. They then will select a thesis adviser in the laboratory in which their doctoral research will be conducted.

Application to the program takes place in two stages, with different deadlines. First, the candidate must submit a proposal on the CAPES website by Aug. 31, 2018. The agency will release the preliminary results on Oct. 10. Those approved must then apply to Yale by Nov. 10. Yale will announce final selections by February 2019, and activities at Yale will begin in August 2019.

Send email to yale@capes.gov.br with questions or for more information.