Brazil-U.S. Exchange Program

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The Sociedade Brasileira de Física (SBF) and the American Physical Society (APS) sponsor an exchange program for physics professionalsPh.D. students, and postdocs in the United States and Brazil. 

Now accepting applications. Deadline: December 7, 2018. 

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. Recipients are selected by a joint SBF-APS Proposal Review Committee, with a call for proposals once a year.
  3. Awards are for up to USD $4,000.
  4. Awards can be used for travel related expenses associated with the professional visit.
  5. No portion of the grant shall be used for remuneration/salary of the participating scientist.

Proposals from U.S. Applicants

APS is currently accepting proposals from physicists at U.S. insitutions who wish to travel to Brazil. Five to eight professorship/lectureship recipients will be selected from the United States. 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, physicists at U.S. institutions are invited to include an option to bring a U.S. Ph.D. student or postdoc from their department on the trip to Brazil. 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. Applicants may propose to use part of the $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 advisor/supervisor. The lectureship 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. APS encourages 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.
 

Proposals from Brazilian Applicants

SBF is accepting proposals for the professorships/lectureships from applicants in Brazil who wish to travel to the U.S. The deadline is also December 7. Additional information, including application procedures, can be obtained from Maria Beatriz Mattos at SBF, biamattos@sbfisica.org.br.

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

Through this program, Ph.D. students and postdocs in Brazil and the U.S. can apply for travel funds to pursue a breadth of opportunities in physics in the other country. Applicants must develop a proposal for the travel funds in partnership with their 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 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 once a year.
  4. Awards are for up to USD $3,000.
  5. Awards will be used for travel related expenses associated with the professional visit.

Proposals from U.S. Applicants

APS is currently accepeting proposals from Ph.D. students and postdocs in the U.S. who wish to travel to Brazil. Up to 10 awardees will be selected each year from the United States. 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.

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.

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.

Proposals from Brazilian Applicants

SBF is accepting proposals from Ph.D. students and postdocs in Brazil who wish to travel to the U.S. The deadline is also December 7. Additional information, including application procedures, can be obtained from Maria Beatriz Mattos at SBF, biamattos@sbfisica.org.br.

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 financial and written report about the trip within 30 days of their return.