training and education of young scientists

We have developed over the last many years a series of initiatives in Brazil to promote scientific education and training to young aspiring scientists. Currently, these initiatives have 5 flavors:


1. CAPES-YALE Scholars Program in the Biomedical Sciences: this is a brand new partnership with Brazil and the Brazilian Federal Agency for Support and Evaluation of Graduate Education (CAPES). The CAPES-Yale Graduate Scholars Program trains the most promising Brazilian students and prepares them to become international leaders in academia and industry. Full-time PhD students are jointly funded by CAPES and Yale and are eligible to join any BBS Track. They participate in all regular BBS academic activities at Yale and additionally participate in specialized professional development programs exclusively for them. Check more information on the website and on Yale News. The first class of 5 PhD students starts in the Summer of 2019 and we expect to have classes of up to 10 students per year from 2020.


2. Advanced Studies in Neurosciences: the School for Advanced Studies in Neurosciences is an initiative to not only provide high-class lectures to Latin American students, but also to allow for a deep interaction among attendees and researchers from the best research institutes in the world. The format includes plenary talks, students presentations, and rounds of discussion with selected speakers. Students are encouraged to be close to the investigators, which facilitates questioning, discussion and  networking. More information can be found in www.ufrgs.br/advancedstudies.


3. Seminars in Biomedical Sciences: this is an annual international symposium which aims to create a local culture of gathering Latin American students and motivated young investigators from the world-renowned universities to discuss current state-of-the-art work in the biomedical sciences in Brazil. The interactive format of the seminars stimulates students who aim to pursue a career abroad to be in close contact with the speakers. We work particularly hard to match students and scientists to instigate the education of young talented Brazilian students abroad.


4. seedLab: there are many gifted students from less privileged places that do not have the opportunity to join international institutions, to receive proper training, or to 'build' a traditional academic CV. With this idea in mind, we started a project named 'seedLab' in which we provide training to Latin American students in a laboratory in Porto Alegre, RS, Brazil. The lab functions as an incubator to later give an opportunity for talented students to obtain further training abroad. This initiative is inspired by soccer teams and modeling agencies, which search for talents in Brazil at very young ages.

We are also open to host senior graduate students and postdocs from around the world for periods of 3 to 12 months. If you are interested in joining our lab, doing research in the south of Brazil, and teaching biomedical sciences for a young generation of talented students, please contact us.


5. Opportunities Blog: we started a blog to post opportunities for Latin American students to receive training in internationally competitive environments. The goal is to improve matching between PIs around the world that are seeking talented young scientists and Latin American young trainees that are insulated from the major scientific hubs.  

More information about all these initiatives can be found here: https://neuroopportunities.wixsite.com/portoalegre