Graduate Scholarships

There are various types of scholarships that can be granted for graduate students.

In the case of foreign students, there is the PEC-PG program (Programa de Estudantes-Convênio de Pós-Graduação), whose application can be done at the Brazilian Consulate of the country of origin.

After enrollment in the graduate program, other scholarships can be granted. Procedures for applying for these can be checked with the program coordinator.


  •  CAPES/Social Demand

Almost all of the master’s and doctoral scholarships granted for graduate students are from the CAPES’ Social Demand Program. The PROPG and the Graduate Programs are responsible for monitoring the activities of the scholarship holders (registrations, suspension and cancelling). The selection is made exclusively by the Graduate Programs.

To request a scholarship or to change your bank details, contact the office of the Graduate Program of your interest.

See the CAPES/Social Demand Regulation.


The objective of the Program of Academic Excellence (PROEX) is to keep the academic quality of the graduate programs graded 6 or 7 by CAPES, meeting the needs and specificities of the public and private institutions in which they are offered.

At UFSC, the programs which participate in PROEX are those classified as 6/7 and 7/7 in the general list.

The scholarships are managed by the graduate programs. Information can be obtained from the coordinator of the respective program at UFSC.

  •  PNPD/CAPES (postdoc)

The CAPES National Program for Postdoctoral Studies (PNDP) is an institutional grant program that supports postdoctoral research within the Master’s and Doctoral Programs recommended by CAPES.

The number of scholarships offered may vary according to CAPES’ criteria. The selection of scholarship holders is made exclusively by the Graduate Programs.

To learn more, visit CAPES website.

  •  PDSE (study abroad)

The Sandwich Doctoral Program Abroad – PDSE (Programa de Doutorado Sanduíche no Exterior) aims to support the formation of high level human resources by offering “sandwich” doctoral scholarships abroad to students of Brazilian Higher Education Institutions, provided that their doctoral programs are accredited by CAPES. The study abroad must contemplate, primarily, research in the areas of knowledge that are less consolidated in Brazil.

The scholarships are granted exclusively by CAPES through a call for applications.

To learn more, visit CAPES website.

  •  PEC-PG (foreigners)

The PEC-PG Program (Programa de Estudantes-Convênio de Pós-Graduação) is carried out jointly by CAPES (Ministry of Education), DCE (Ministry of Foreign Affairs), and CNPQ (Ministry of Science, Technology, Innovation and Communication).

It grants full doctoral scholarships to university professors, researchers, professionals and higher education graduates from developing countries – with which Brazil maintains cooperation agreements in the areas of education, culture, and science and technology – to study in Brazilian HEIs. The purpose is to help enhance their professional qualifications for them to contribute effectively to the development of their countries.

Applications are made directly at the PEC-PG website.

  •  CNPQ

The National Council for Scientific and Technological Development (CNPq) offers several types of programs and scholarships for graduate students and researchers in Brazil and abroad. Scholarships are granted directly by CNPq, with no mediation from the Prorectorate of Graduate Studies. For further information, visit the website: