USP: staff from UMCG to USP

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 incoming staff mobility from international partners to USP (up to 15 days) mid-February 2019. Health and Diseases is one of the five core themes of the USP PrInt project. Read more about Groningen & CAPES-PrInt.

The incoming staff mobility program under CAPES-Print goes by the name Programa Professor Visitante do Exterior (PVE). It concerns the mobility of international academic staff that may contribute to the quality of USP doctoral programs, for a period up to 15 days.

Selected staff, in close collaboration with their USP peers, may provide workshops, lectures, seminars, etc. in one or more doctoral programs linked to the USP CAPES-PrInt project.

Grant details

Staff selected within the first PVE call will need to undertake their stay at USP between August and December 2019. A total of 49 PVE positions within the Health and Disease theme are available in this call, with 35 of those reserved for "preferential partners" such as the University of Groningen.

It is important for UMCG staff to indicate that they are linked to the University of Groningen, since the University of Groningen is a preferred partner and responsible for the enrollment of students/issuing of degrees.

The PVE grant consists of:

  • A fee of BRL 7,000 (approx. EUR 1,650)
  • Start-up aid of BRL 1,150 (approx. EUR 270)
  • Contribution towards health insurance of BRL 200
  • Economy-class return ticket

How to apply?

The USP host needs to apply directly to the CAPES-PrInt coordination at USP, by submitting Annex 1 of the call for applications (in Portuguese), together with the following documents (only those listed that require UMCG staff input):

  • A Work Plan in English, including the relevance of the activities planned, as jointly agreed upon between the USP host
  • Concise CV of the visiting staff
  • Proof that the visiting staff holds a doctoral degree (copy of certificate, or alternatively, UMCG staff may request a Declaration with the Graduate School)
  • Evidence of (future) collaboration/communication regarding collaboration between the visiting staff and the USP host(s)
  • Confirmation letter (in English) by the visiting staff that they agree with an uninterrupted stay of 15 days in accordance with the dates in the Work Plan

It is important for UMCG staff to indicate that they are linked to the University of Groningen, since the University of Groningen is a preferred partner and responsible for the enrollment of students/issuing of degrees.

Evaluation & Selection

The selection procedure consists of three steps:

I. A formal evaluation by the Vice-Rectorate for Postgraduate Studies

II. A merit-based evaluation by the USP PrInt Steering Committee, based on:

  • Academic merit of the visiting staff
  • Ranking of the University of Groningen (University Medical Center Groningen)
  • Quality and expected impact of the activities on the USP postgraduate program
  • Existing collaborations

Each of the four elements is rated on a scale of 0 (unacceptable) to 5 (excellent). Additional points are awarded based on the number of USP postgraduate programs positively impacted by the PVE: one additional point for the inclusion of two programs, and two for three or more programs.

Consequently, the maximum score for PVE applications is 22.

III. Confirmation of selection by CAPES (the Ministry of Education)

Timeline

  • Until 30 April 2019: submission of PVE applications by the Postgraduate Program to the Vice-Rectory for Postgraduate Studies
  • 15 May 2019: publication of preliminary results based on the formal and merit-based evaluations
  • 5 June 2019: publication of final selection
  • August-December 2019: implementation of the mobility

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