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Science without Borders

Queen's University Belfast is looking forward to welcoming students from Brazil as part of the Science without Borders programme.

Queen's is proud to be one of the UK universities selected to take part in the scheme, which enables Brazilian students to receive a scholarship for one-year study abroad programmes, full PhDs, sandwich PhDs and exchange at postdoctoral research level.

Queen's University is committed to working with students, universities and industry in Brazil. A delegation of academics from Queen's visited Brazil in May 2012 to strengthen relationships with leading universities in Brazil and to identify opportunities for new collaborative research projects.

What subjects does the scheme cover?

The research lines and subjects the programme is particularly keen to promote include:

  • Engineering and other technological areas
  • Exact and Earth Sciences (eg Mathematics, Physics, Chemistry)
  • Health and Biomedical Sciences (Biochemistry, systems biology, neurosciences etc)
  • Computing and Information Technology
  • Aerospace
  • Pharmaceuticals
  • Sustainable Agricultural Production
  • Green Chemistry
  • Oil, Gas and Coal
  • Energy
  • Minerals
  • Biotechnology
  • Nanotechnology and New Materials
  • Climate Change
  • Biodiversity
  • Marine Sciences
  • Productive Inclusion and Social Technologies
  • Housing and Sanitation
  • Creative Arts

Research Degrees

For those interested in research there are currently 20 research-led Schools, comprising nearly 80 research clusters, each led by a Director of Research.

PhD Research projects exist in the following Schools:

  • School of Biological Sciences
  • Institute of Agri-Food and Land Use
  • School of Creative Arts - Sonic Arts Research Centre
  • Queen's University Management School
  • School of Mechanical and Aerospace Engineering

Direct online applications are invited from full PhD students who have been awarded funding under the Science without Borders scheme. Details of the University's application process are available here.

If you wish to apply for a sandwich PhD programme please consult the Science without Borders website


If you are interested in undergraduate programmes, please contact our Study Abroad and Exchange Office on

Science without Borders is administered in Brazil by CAPES and CNPq. For more information on how to apply visit the Science without Borders website.

Why Queen's?

  • A Russell Group University: one of the UK's 24 leading research-intensive universities
  • Ranked in the UK top 20 in 17 subject areas (Times Good University Guide 2012)
  • Teaching and the front rank of UK universities (Guardian University Guide 2012)
  • Four consecutive Times Higher Education Awards (2008-2011) including Entrepreneurial University of the Year 2009
  • Lowest cost of living in the UK ( 2011)
  • Second safest city in the world (United Nations)

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Belfast is the second safest city in the world (United Nations)
Queen's is a world-class university, with a heritage stretching back 160 years
Postgraduate student from Brazil with friends in the International and Postgraduate Centre