The University of Birmingham is delighted to be one of the UK institutions selected to participate in the Science without Borders scheme. 

Samara Borges, a Bioscience student at the University of Brasilia has been studying at Birmingham as part of the Science Without Borders programme. Samara has provided a report reflecting on her experiences at Birmingham.     

What is Science without Borders?

The Brazilian government provides funding, for both undergraduate and PhD students in specific subject areas, to study in the UK.  


Funding is available for undergraduates to spend 12 months in the UK, as part of their degree at a Brazilian university. Students will spend 9 months studying in the UK followed by a 3 month laboratory placement.

Entry criteria

Undergraduate students must have completed at least one year of a university degree programme in a relevant subject. Students must also meet English language requirements of IELTS 6.0 (no less than 5.5 in any band).

How do I apply and where can I find more information?

Students must apply through Universities UK. The website also contains useful information and details of what is included in the funding package.

If I am successful, when would I need to arrive?

Orientation and welcome activities for Science without Borders undergraduates start the week before courses commence each September. Further details will be posted nearer the time.

Find out more

If you are an undergraduate student please email the Study Abroad and Exchanges team.


Funding is available for students to study for a PhD in science, technology, engineering or mathematics subjects at Birmingham for 3-4 years. Funding is also available for students who want to spend 12 months or less studying at Birmingham as part of their PhD degree at a Brazilian university (sandwich PhD funding).

For information on the funding package available please visit the Brazilian government’s website.

Entry criteria

Students should hold a Magister degree or equivalent. Students must also meet our standard English language requirements.

How do I apply and where can I find more information?

Full information on how to apply can be found on the Universities UK website which provides full details of the process.

As part of the process you will you will need to make a formal application for a place on a PhD programme at Birmingham. For a full PhD at Birmingham, information on how to apply and support available can be found here.

For information on our courses and to identify a supervisor, please visit our Doctoral Researcher Enquiry Service (DRES) pages. You can search for a supervisor and order a bespoke Postgraduate Research prospectus.

Students applying for a Sandwich PhD (one year or less) should apply for a place at Birmingham via the Study Abroad and Exchanges team using the online study abroad application form for incoming students.

Funding application deadlines 

  • Application deadline: 21 August 2015
  • Results announced: 15 December 2015
  • Start of scholarship: Between June and July 2016

Find out more

Full Phd applicants - contact postgraduate admissions enquries.

Sandwich PhD applicants - contact the Study Abroad and Exchanges team.

What subject areas are available under the scheme at the University of Birmingham?