Science without borders

Critical Dates

Please refer to the Science Without Borders website for the latest dates.


The University of Melbourne welcomes Brazilian citizens and permanent residents who wish to pursue their PhD or undertake a postdoctoral exchange using financial support obtained by them under the Brazilian Government’s Science Without Borders (SWB) program.

The University of Melbourne has given strategic priority to its relationship with Brazil. The Research at Melbourne Strategy: Ensuring Excellence and Impact to 2025, recognises that Brazil and its institutions are well placed to play significant regional and global roles in the further development of global higher education, research and innovation. Through the SWB program, as well as its own programs that support development of research collaboration with Brazil, the University seeks to foster mutually beneficial exchanges and research training experiences for Brazilian and Melbourne researchers and post-graduate students.


Applicants can request funding up to $AUD7K. The upper limit of funding will only be awarded for exceptional proposals where the applicant can demonstrate there is significant need for support and where there is potential for high returns on investment for the University. Funding for individual researchers and groups must be commensurate with the proposed activity and its stage of development.

Support is not available where:

  • There is no evidence that a proposal will be competitive
  • There is no history of collaboration and
  • The income for the University that is anticipated from a successful application is less than $AUD250K.
  • cover expenses for activities that have already been undertaken.

How to apply

Applying for a full PhD

Graduate students seeking to pursue a full PhD using a SWB scholarship must first be accepted to enrol in one of the University of Melbourne’s 11 discipline specific Faculties and Graduate Schools. For information on Research training opportunities offered at the University by these Faculties, Graduate Schools and Centres, applicants should visit the Melbourne School of Graduate Research website.

Potential applicants can also view available academic supervisors using the Find an Expert database.

Applicants are also encouraged to consider opportunities for co-supervision of their PhD as this provides candidates the opportunity to be part of a leading research group at Melbourne while maintaining links with Brazilian academics and institutions.

Applying for a Postdoctoral Exchange at UoM

Early career academics and researchers from Brazil are welcome to undertake a postdoctoral research exchange at the University of Melbourne. To do so, potential SWB applicants must obtain a letter of support from an academic host at the University of Melbourne. To identify a potential host please contact the relevant Faculty Research Office or an individual academic using the University’s Find an Expert database. Potential applicants must abide by the eligibility and application requirements set out within the SWB Postdoctoral Program as well as Australian Visa and income tax regulations. It is highly recommended that prospective applicants obtain independent advice regarding the potential tax implications of undertaking a SWB postdoctoral scholarship in Australia.

Visa Information

All potential full PhD candidates and postdoctoral researchers who have been granted a SWB scholarship need to secure an appropriate Visa. There are different categories of visas and application processes differ. For more information and details of the appropriate category of visa:

Supporting documents

SWB Brochure (English)

SWB Brochure (Portugese)


Science Without Borders questions and primary email

Key Contact

Bella Blaher
T: 61 3 8344 4561