Visiting Fellows Scheme

 The Brazil Visiting Fellows Scheme provides early career university lecturers or post-doctoral researchers currently working at recognised universities in Brazil the opportunity to spend up to three months at the University of Birmingham carrying out identified research projects.


The aims of the scheme are to:

  • support the professional development of early career researchers at Brazilian universities
  • enable visiting fellows to obtain insight into the organisation and conduct of research, training and administration at Birmingham University
  • promote research collaboration between leading groups in Birmingham and Brazil through projects undertaken initially in the UK
  • support partnership development and collaboration between the University of Birmingham and institutions in Brazil

We welcome applications to any subject area.

Funding and accommodation

The Scheme will provide each visiting fellow with travel expenses of up to £850 and a monthly stipend of £1500 for up to three months to help cover living expenses and accommodation. On campus accommodation can be booked on fellows' behalf and the cost deducted from the stipend, however there is no guarantee that University accommodaiton will be available during the fellowship. Further information on private accommodation options and support with organising accommodation is available upon request.

Brazil Visiting Fellows 2015/16

Rafael Montoito Teixeira (2) 

Rafael Montoito Teixeira

I am a Mathematics graduate from the Universidade Federal de Pelotas, and currently  teach in the Insituto Federal Sul-rio-grandense (Pelotas), in a Master's Program in Education. Since 2006 I’ve been studying Lewis Carroll’s works in order to get to know and to decipher his literary-mathematical universe. Because some of his books have never been published in Brazil and others are out of print, I’ve been dedicating my time to bring him back into academic discussions. His stories and his mathematical works are a powerful source for the study of mathematics, language and educational systems. In 2015 his Euclid and his Modern Rivals was published for the first time in Portuguese. This translation is part of my doctorate research. Now I’m here, at the University of Birmingham, with Professor John Holmes, from the English Department, studying Carroll’s diaries and letters. Our intention is identify in his personal life some thoughts that could characterize him also as a pedagogue, someone concerned about teaching who used some of his own characters to discuss the issues he wrote about in his personal notes.


Camila Azevedo 1 

Camila Azevedo Antunes de Oliveira

In September 2015 I graduated with a PhD awarded jointly by the Federal University of Minas Gerais (UFMG) in Brazil and Friedrich Alexander University (FAU) in Germany. The multidisciplinary work undertaken during my PhD included collaborations with the University of the State of Rio de Janeiro (UERJ) and the University of Oxford. I then started a position as a Postdoctoral Research Associate at UERJ. During a meeting in Brazil in 2015, I exchanged some ideas with Professor Ian Henderson from the University of Birmingham and put plans in place for future collaboration. The opportunity to join the University of Birmingham as  one of the University’s  Brazil Visiting Fellows gave us an excellent opportunity to make our ideas become a reality. The research we are doing in Birmingham during the three month visit will merge flawlessly with my  work in Brazil. The research of Prof. Ian Henderson focuses on the bacterial cell surface,based on the philosophy that the bacterial cell surface offers a rich source of molecules which can be utilized and adapted to treat or prevent infections. This project and the multidisciplinary partnership will contribute to the academic, scientific and technical knowledge in the area of microbiology, virulence and pathogenicity of corynebacteria by providing contributions that may help to elucidate the molecular mechanisms and the genetic basis of virulence of these medically-important microorganisms. Moreover, my visit will help to create innovative approaches and ideas for new publications, supporting the partnership development and collaboration between the University of Birmingham and the University of the State of Rio de Janeiro (UERJ).

Brazil Visiting Fellows Scheme 2017/18 now open for applications

Applications are now invited for the Brazil Visiting Fellows Scheme 2017/18

Application deadline: Sunday 5 November

Fellowships (which can be up to three months in duration, minimum one month) must take place between November 2017 and 31 July 2018

Download an application form (PDF - 270KB).

For further information on the scheme, please contact:Richard Brunt, International Relations, University of Birmingham