USP: doctoral mobility

Universidade de São Paulo (USP), a long-standing partner of the University of Groningen & University Medical Center Groningen, published its first CAPES-PrInt call for applications for sandwich PhD mobility early February 2019. Health and Diseases is one of the five core themes of the USP PrInt project. Read more about Groningen & CAPES-PrInt.

Students enrolled in selected USP PhD programs may apply to sandwich PhD funding abroad for a period from 6 to 12 months. The doctoral programs are listed under each of the core theme pages.

In order to apply, applicants need to collect a range of documents. The listing of documents that require the input of the foreign supervisor:

  • A Letter of Acceptance with letter head of the University of Groningen from the supervisor that includes: (a) approval of the research plan; (b) the project title; and (c) projected start and end date of the mobility. The Graduate School will provide a template (See also the heading  "For UMCG supervisors")
  • A short CV of the Groningen supervisor
  • Evidence of existing collaboration between USP supervisor(s) linked to the doctoral program in which the student is enrolled and the Groningen supervior
  • A study (research) plan

The Scholarship

Selected students receive:

  • Monthly subsistence allowance
  • Start-up aid
  • Insurance coverage
  • Return ticket

Host universities cannot charge tuition/bench fees. The Graduate School will however be supportive of ATTP Sandwich PhD applications resulting from USP students visiting the UMCG with a PrInt scholarship.

Evaluation & Selection

  • Phase I: The coordination of each postgraduate program appoints a selection committee that may propose an initial number of three candidates for selection in the first round of this call. One scholarship of twelve months, and two scholarships of six months.
  • Phase II: All scholarships that will not have been taken up in the first round by individual postgraduate programs, will be distributed among reserve-listed candidates and evaluated by a selection committee of the Vice-Rectory for Postgraduate Studies, based on merit.
  • Phase III: In case of any remainder scholarships after Phase II, the Vice-Rectory for Postgraduate Studies initiates a new round of evaluations, based on merit, of any application previously rejected for formal reasons (e.g. missing documents).

Important Dates

  • 1 April: Postgraduate programs send their list of students selected in Phase I (and listings for Phase II & III) to the Vice-Rectory for Postgraduate Studies
  • 15 April: Publication of selection results Phase I
  • 15 May: Publication of selection results Phase II
  • 15 August: publication of positions available under Phase III
  • 30 August: deadline for applications Phase III
  • 15 September: publication of selection results Phase III

Students selected in Phase I and II start their mobility between 1 July and 31 December 2019

Students selected in Phase III start their mobility between 1 November 2019 and 31 March 2020

In deciding on a mobility start date, students and UMCG supervisors need to take into account that it takes approximately four months to prepare a student's stay at Groningen from the moment the selection results are published.

For UMCG Supervisors

In order to prepare the letter of acceptance for CAPES-PrInt applicants, UMCG Principal Investigators should provide the Graduate School of Medical Sciences with the following supporting information and documents:

CV of the candidate, including:

  • Full name
  • Place & date of birth
  • E-mail address
  • Name of the USP PhD program in which the student is enrolled

About the project:

  • Total number of months of funding requested (max. 12 months)
  • Provisional start date PhD project
  • PhD project title
  • Title(s) and names of supervisors at UMCG and USP and their departmental affiliations

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