Brazil-U.S. Exchange Program

Deadline: June 1, 2017

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The Sociedade Brasileira de Física (SBF) and the American Physical Society (APS) sponsor an exchange program for physics professionals and Ph.D. students in the United States and Brazil. Postdocs in the U.S. may also apply.

Brazil-U.S. Professorship/Lectureship Program

This program funds physicists in Brazil and the United States traveling internationally to teach a short course or provide a physics lecture series at a U.S. or Brazilian university.

Program Characteristics

  1. "Professorships/Lectureships" consist of at least one to two-week courses or a lecture series delivered at Brazilian or U.S. institutions by physicists from the other country.
  2. Five to eight recipients will be selected each year from the United States.
  3. Recipients are selected by a joint SBF-APS Proposal Review Committee, with a call for proposals twice each year.
  4. Awards are for up to USD $4,000.
  5. Awards can be used for travel related expenses associated with the professional visit.
  6. No portion of the grant shall be used for remuneration/salary of the participating scientist.

Proposals from U.S. Applicants

The application deadline for U.S. applicants traveling to Brazil is Thursday, June 1, 2017. Applicants must submit the following items in their proposal:

  1. A joint proposal (1-2 pages) from the proposed visitor and their counterpart/collaborator from the host institution. The proposal must include a general overview, objectives, and anticipated outcomes of the visit.
  2. A letter of support for the proposal from the Head of the Physics Department from the host institution.
  3. A schedule of activities (delivered lectures/short courses, etc.) for the duration of the visit.
  4. A budget for requested funds. (Items 3 and 4 should be no more than one page total.)
  5. A brief CV (no more than 2 pages) of the proposed visitor.

In addition, professors from the United States who will travel to Brazil are invited to include an option to bring a U.S. Ph.D. student or postdoc from their department on the trip. Ph.D. students or postdocs might attend the short course/lecture series, conduct research with a professor at the host institution, and/or undertake another opportunity during the professor’s visit. Students and postdocs can be supported in one of two ways:

  1. Professors may use part of their $4,000 grant to support a physics Ph.D. student or postdoc to join their proposed trip
  2. Ph.D. students and postdocs can submit a proposal to the Brazil-U.S. Ph.D. Student and Postdoc Visitation Program. In this instance, the student or postdoc should indicate in their proposal that the project is being done jointly with the professor. The professorship proposal should indicate that the project is being done jointly with a Ph.D. student or postdoc. In this instance, the two proposals will be judged separately in their own categories. We encourage this type of mentorship and partnership and would like to see it highlighted in both proposals.

Proposals from U.S. applicants should be submitted to Michele Irwin, APS Office of International Affairs, irwin@aps.org. Please submit all application materials, including the letter of support, in one PDF file.

Grants

APS will manage disbursement of funds for U.S. grantees who visit a Brazilian institution; grantees will submit receipts to APS. SBF will manage disbursement of funds for Brazilian grantees who visit a U.S. institution; grantees will submit receipts to SBF. All visits must be completed within one year of the award date. Grantees must submit a final report within 30 days of their return.

Brazilian Applicants

Information for applicants from Brazil who wish to travel to the U.S., including deadlines and application procedures, can be obtained from SBF.

Brazil-U.S. Physics Ph.D. Student & Postdoc Visitation Program

U.S. Applicants

Through this program, Ph.D. students and postdocs can apply for travel funds to pursue a breadth of opportunities in physics. U.S. applicants must develop a proposal for the travel funds in partnership with a Brazilian host, presumably a professor with whom their visit would be coordinated.

Program Characteristics

  1. Visitations may include travel to:
    1. Attend a short-course, or summer institute
    2. Visit with a professor in his/her field of study
    3. Work temporarily in a lab
    4. Undertake another opportunity that the applicant and host believe is worthy of travel support
  2. Proposals must be submitted by U.S. Ph.D. students or postdocs in coordination with a professor from the host institution.
  3. Recipients are selected by a joint SBF-APS Proposal Review Committee, with a call for proposals twice each year.
  4. Up to 10 awardees will be selected each year from the United States.
  5. Awards are for up to USD $3,000.
  6. Awards will be used for travel related expenses associated with the professional visit.

Proposals

The application deadline for U.S. applicants traveling to Brazil is Thursday, June 1, 2017. Applicants must submit the following items in their proposal:

  1. A joint proposal (1-2 pages) from the applicant, his/her advisor (in the case of Ph.D. students) or supervisor (in the case of postdocs), and the host professor at the host institution. The proposal must include a general overview, objectives, and anticipated outcomes of the visit.
  2. Letters of support for the proposal from the applicant’s advisor or supervisor as well as the host.
  3. A schedule of activities for the duration of the visit.
  4. A budget for requested funds. (Items 3 and 4 should be no more than two pages total.)
  5. A brief curriculum vitae (no more than 2 pages) of the proposed visitor.

Proposals from U.S. applicants should be submitted to Michele Irwin, Office of International Affairs, the American Physical Society (APS), irwin@aps.org. Please submit all application materials, including the letter of support, in one PDF file.

Grants

APS manages the disbursement of funds for U.S. grantees visiting Brazilian institutions; grantees submit receipts to APS. All visits must be completed within one year of the award date. Grantees must submit a final report within 30 days of their return.

Award Priorities

The program recognizes that many applicants may use their physics education in careers other than scientific research. Consequently, along with the scientific merit of the proposal, the awards will also be based on criterion beyond scientific merit. Strong consideration will be given to applicants whose proposals demonstrate how this cultural and scientific exchange opportunity will impact future career directions, especially in building leadership skills.

Additional Information

This program is sponsored by the Sociedade Brasileira de Física (SBF) and APS. Information for applicants from Brazil who wish to travel to the U.S., including deadlines and application procedures, can be obtained from SBF.