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, Instituto Federal Sul-rio-grandense  

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, Universidade do Estado do Rio de Janeiro

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 2016/17

Oxford Poverty Business Conference 2017 

Farley Nobre, Universidade Federal do Paraná

Dr. Farley Nobre, who completed his PhD at the University of Birmingham in 2005, and his collaborator Professor David Walker (School of Engineering) have worked to achieve impact on education and research based on activities facilitated by the Brazil Visiting Fellowship Scheme. With their ongoing research related to Cognitive Machines, Decision Science and Fuzzy Logic, they are are planning the publication of a book on Sustainable Development of the Brazilian Amazon, along with articles on Social Entrepreneurship and Cognitive Machines. In addition, they are also advancing their initiatives to a broader project on Social Responsibility in order to deliver lectures (in 2016 and 2017 they delivered lectures on Cognitive Machines in Organizations at Old Swinford Hospital School, Stourbridge) and activities on sustainability within the wider West Midlands region. In 2016 and 2017, Farley participated in the Oxford University Conference on 'Business Fights Poverty', as part of his research.

 andre aquino



André Aquino, Universidade de São Paulo

My collaboration with Professor Richard Batley from the International Development Department at the University of Birmingham has been in place since 2012, and we have organised visits part-funded by the Universities of São Paulo and Birmingham. This fellowship gave us a period of time to share and consolidate our thinking. My experience as a “Brazil Visiting Fellow” has confirmed to me how benficial a period abroad (working intensively with a senior professor) can be, in particular in terms of advancing writing and publication activities. We have now produced a good manuscript to be submitted to a top tier journal. The fellowship period has helped me to broaden my understanding (and that of my department) of the contribution of organizational theory to accounting research. In a nutshell, our work focuses on the analysis of some important reforms of public financial management in Brazil. Our interest is to understand whether political and budgetary cultures act as important sources of resistance to the implementation of new accounting rules promoted by the Brazilian Treasury, underpinning the intentions to increase transparency and accountability by local governments. Secondly, but also importantly, my fellowship gave me the chance to help reinforce the institutional link between  UoB and USP , and one of the PhD students I supervise in Brazil will undertake a sandwich program at the Institute of Local Government Studies, University of Birmingham in 2017/18.

Brazil Visiting Fellows Scheme 2018/19 applications now open

Applications are now invited for the Brazil Visiting Fellows Scheme 2018/19

Application deadline: Sunday 16 December 2018

Fellowships (which can be up to three months in duration, minimum one month) must ideally be completed by the end of July 2019.

Download the application form (PDF - 270KB)

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