The Ministry of External Relations (MRE), through the Division of Educational Themes (DCE), and the Ministry of Education (MEC) is offering the PEC-PG scholarship in 2019.

The Graduate Student Agreement (PEC-PG), officially established in 1981, offers scholarships for developing country nationals with whom Brazil has a cultural and/or educational cooperation agreement, for training in courses of post-graduation strictu sensu (master’s and doctorate) in Brazilian Higher Education Institutions (IES).

The PEC-PG is managed in partnership by three bodies:

  • For the Ministry of Foreign Affairs (MRE), through the Division of Educational Issues (DCE), which is responsible for the dissemination of the Program abroad and the payment of student return tickets;
  • by the Ministry of Education (MEC), through the Coordination for the Improvement of Higher Education Personnel (Capes), which is responsible for the selection and payment of doctoral scholarships for students from all participating countries and for the master’s degree for students from Timor- East; and
  • by the Ministry of Science, Technology and Innovation (MCTI), through the National Council for Scientific and Technological Development (CNPq), which is responsible for the selection and payment of scholarships for students from all participating countries, except for Timor -East.

Worth of Award

The beneficiaries are offered the following benefits:

  • Vacancies in Brazilian HEIs recommended by Capes, without tuition costs;
  • Monthly scholarship in the same amount as the one offered to Brazilian students, namely: R $ 1500,00 for master’s degree, with a maximum duration of 24 months, and R $ 2200,00 for a doctorate, with a maximum duration of 48 months; and
  • return flight to the foreign student’s country.


To apply for the PEC-PG Program scholarship, the candidate must meet the following requirements:

  • Be a citizen of a developing country with which Brazil has an Agreement or Memorandum of Understanding in the area of ​​Cultural, Educational or Science and Technology Cooperation.
  • Not be a Brazilian citizen, even if binational, nor have a Brazilian parent or parent;
  • Do not have a permanent visa, diplomatic visa, MERCOSUR visa or because it authorizes the exercise of remunerated activity in Brazil;
  • Have an undergraduate or master’s degree in one of the areas of scientific knowledge;
  • To be accepted by a Brazilian higher education institution (HEI), public or private, in a masters or doctorate degree program evaluated by CAPES with a concept equal to or greater than 03 (three).
  • Have Curriculum Vitae registered and/or updated on the Plataforma Lattes do CNPq, in Portuguese Language.
  • Be financially responsible for the transfer to Brazil for its maintenance until the first monthly payment of the PEC-PG grant and for the maintenance of any member of the family that accompanies it during the entire stay in Brazil;
  • Be a holder of the Certificate of Proficiency in Portuguese Language (CELPE-Bras), even for those coming from Portuguese-speaking countries.
  • Have remained in his country for at least two years after obtaining the Brazilian diploma, in the case of a former student graduated by the Undergraduate Program of Students – PEC-G.

How to Apply

Since 2010, the registration process for the PEC-PG is complemented online by the following websites:

  • Capes page for candidates for PhD scholarships and
  • CNPq page, for masters scholarship applicants.

Deadline: Applications close on July 31, 2019.


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