International Outreach

The Office of Graduate International Outreach (OGIO)
The International Outreach Advisory Council (IOAC)
International Outreach Opportunities 
EducationUSA 
Linkage Institutes
Latin American Caribbean (LAC) Scholarship Program

The Office of Graduate International Outreach (OGIO)

The Office of Graduate International Outreach (OGIO) in the UF Graduate School serves as a catalyst for collaboration with regard to international outreach and recruitment and student success within the university community. The office serves as a resource for information on international outreach opportunities and leverages existing structures and opportunities in the interest of international outreach and student success. The OGIO creates and supports existing successful initiatives with regard to international outreach/recruitment efforts across campus; and supports international student advancement and success.

Emilia Hodge, Ph.D. 
Director, Graduate Student Outreach 
Ph: (352) 392-7865 
Email: ehodge@aa.ufl.edu

Matt Mitterko, M.A. 
Coordinator, International Student Enrollment
Ph: (352) 392-0098 
Email: mmitterko@aa.ufl.edu

The International Outreach Advisory Council (IOAC)

Purpose: To strengthen communication, collaboration and coordination across campus with regard to international outreach; serve as venue for networking/sharing outreach initiatives and opportunities; and make the most of existing structures and networks to support international outreach efforts across campus

Goals: 
• Increase and diversify the international graduate student population
• Increase opportunities for international teaching and research experiences for graduate students
• Broaden the international research and other collaborative opportunities for faculty

Strategies: 
• share information on international outreach activities and opportunities
• share best practices and new strategies for international outreach and recruitment
• participate in international outreach and recruitment activities 
• Create online repository of useful international outreach information

International Outreach Opportunities

Argentina
Belize
Brazil
Chile
Dominican Republic
Ecuador
Panama
Peru
Russia

Argentina

National Scientific and Technical Research Council provides grants for collective work to research teams of every discipline including social sciences and humanities; work to be done with Argentine partners.

Belize

The University of Florida is a member of the Belize Consortium on Educational Cooperation. The Consortium meets in February in Belize, and in July in the U.S. to network and promote collaborative activities among partner institutions.

Fulbright scholar opportunity at University of Belize [1]; Contact at UB: Ewart Robateau (erobateau@ub.edu.bz; 501-822-3680)

Brazil

The Science w/o Borders (Alternate Website) aims to send a total of 101,000 Brazilians to study abroad over a 4 year period beginning in 2012. The graduate study goal is to place 9,000 fully funded students in Ph.D. programs.

The focus is on study and research in STEM fields.

Funding agencies are: FAPESP (State Govt. of Sao Paolo); CNPq (Federal Government –Ministry of Science, Technology, and Innovation); FINEP (Federal Government –Ministry of Science and Technology, MCT); CAPES (Federal Government – Ministry of Education) – support and evaluate Graduate Education (LASPAU administered).

Scholarship program for Special Visiting Researchers: funded for up to three months research in collaboration with Brazilian counterpart.

Brazil Scientific Mobility Graduate Scholarship Program. Two years funding for Masters degrees:
• Sponsored by CAPES, a public foundation within the Ministry of Education in Brazil. Focus on applied STEM fields of strategic priority for Brazil. 
• This Program provides a living stipend, insurance, and international travel as well as the balance of academic tuition and fees after any university awards. 
• Placement agency may ask for cost sharing – partial tuition/fee award

Chile

The BECAS Bicentenario de Chile or BECAS Chile provides support for Graduate Study, including full funding for up to 2 years for the Master’s degree; full funding for up to 4 years for doctoral degree; full funding up to 2 years for Postdoctoral research.

Funding agency: The National Science and Technology Research Commission. Student needs to be admitted to an institution to be eligible to apply for this scholarship. Scholarship includes up to one semester of English language studies.

UF agreement with CONICYT for students to receive in-state tuition upon receiving LAC award from Departments

Outreach/Collaborative Opportunities

1. CONICYT Publication: Chile: Opportunities for International Cooperation in Science, Technology & Innovation:

Chile: Opportunities for International Cooperation in Science, Technology & Innovation

2. Universidad Autonoma de Chile invites submissions for participation in research projects in Chile, funded through Chile’s National Commission for Scientific and Technological Research (CONICYT) This invitation is distributed on behalf of Universidad Autonoma de Chile. Information on the grant competition may be found at:

Fondecyt Initiation
Fondecyt Postdoc
Fondecyt Regular

Contact: Ana Patricia Kinkead B., Coordinator of the Research in Chile Program
Department of Research and Graduate Studies, Universidad Autónoma de Chile
Phone (+562) 2806997; researchinchile@uautonoma.cl

3. Continuing collaboration with universities in Chile (request contact information from Emilia at ehodge@aa.ufl.edu)

Dominican Republic

The National Council for Agriculture and Forestry Research (CONIAF) funds two years of Master’s degree program (15K per year + health insurance + roundtrip airfare). Looking for cost share on tuition.

Ministry of Higher Education, Science and Technology (MESCYT) funds students for graduate study and faculty and student research exchanges.

Ecuador

Research opportunity for PhDs: PROMETEO program:

PROMETEO Brochure in English
PROMETEO Project Presentation in English

The National Secretariat of Higher Education, Science Technology and Innovation funds students for graduate study through various scholarship programs.

1. Universities of Excellence Scholarships provide support for study in STEM fields, Life Sciences, Health and Medical, Natural Resources, Production and Innovation, Social Sciences, and Fine and Performing arts. A student accepted to one of these institutions are automatically granted a scholarship.

2. Open Competition Scholarships: STEM fields, Life Sciences, Health and Medical, Natural Resources, Production and Innovation, Social Sciences, and Fine and Performing arts. Students are awarded scholarship and have one and one-half year to be accepted to an institution.

3. University Faculty Scholarships: Life Sciences, Natural Resources, Production and Innovation, Social Sciences, and Fine and Performing arts. For teaching faculty to pursue a doctoral degree.

Panama

The National Secretariat of Science Technology and Innovation is the agency that funds the scholarship program. The goal is to provide 830 international scholarships for undergraduate and graduate-level studies (165 bachelors, 415 masters, 250 doctorates). The focus is on: Biological and health sciences, agricultural sciences, communication and information technology, and transportation and logistics.

Peru

The Becas Presidente de la República provide full funding for up to 2 years for the Master’s degree; full funding for up to 4 years for doctoral degree; focus on STEM Fields plus other selected fields of special interest to Peru.

Responsible agency: National Program for Scholarship and Education Credit (PRONABEC). Student needs to be admitted to an institution to be eligible to apply for this scholarship. Scholarship includes up to 10 weeks of English language studies if indicated as a requirement of the program.

Autoridad Nacional del Servicio Civil (SERVIR): Newly created program called “Reto Excelencia” to fund graduate study for Peruvians working in the public sector:Retro Excelencia.

Russia

Global Education is new government-sponsored scholarship program that funds graduate studies in high-tech (engineering), public administration, education administration and social services fields (particularly public health, health administration). The program was officially approved and announced on June 20, 2014 and is slated to distribute 4.41 billion rubles to 1,500 participants from 2014-2016, which is roughly $40,000 per participant per year. The program covers all expenses associated with the academic program, including tuition, living expenses, health insurance, books and roundtrip travel expenses. Recipients should be successfully accepted into a graduate program at one of 300 top-ranked world institutions in 2014-2016 per ARWU, THE and QS scales. Students are required to return to Russia and work for up to three years in the one of approved organizations, specifically in the Far East or Eastern Siberian regions. Details of the program were announced (in Russian) on the Government of the Russian Federation’s official website.

For more information, please visit EducationUSA Russia.

EducationUSA

EducationUSA is a U.S. Department of State-supported network of hundreds of advising centers in 170 countries. 112 Centers in Latin America Recruitment.

Recruitment Fair Dates & Location:

29 August – Brasilia, Brazil
1 September – Rio de Janeiro, Brazil
4 September – Sao Paolo, Brazil
6 September – Montevideo, Uruguay
8 September – Buenos Aires, Argentina
10 September – Santiago, Chile
12 September – Lima, Peru
14 September – Quito, Ecuador
16 September – Guayaquil, Ecuador
18 September – Bogota, Colombia
20 September – Caracas, Venezuela

Linkage Institutes

UF students are also eligible for a non-resident tuition waiver via one of the state of Florida’s Linkage Institutes. These institutes provide a small number of waivers (up to 25) to students from any institution in the state of Florida, based on criteria set by each Linkage Institute (typically focused on how a student’s education will benefit their home country). Home countries/regions include: Brazil, France, Canada, Israel, Caribbean region, Japan, China, Mexico, Costa Rica, West Africa, and Eastern Europe. No scholarship is required; due to the limited number of waivers offered, each student would need to submit an application to the appropriate Linkage-Institute. Please contact a specific Linkage Institute for more information: Florida's International Linkage Institutes.

Latin American Caribbean (LAC) Scholarship Program

Latin American Caribbean (LAC) Scholarship Program:
• Awarded by departments from State or Federal funds
• $500 per semester award letter to students
• For more information on the award, click here: LAC Scholarship