IBRAF Fellowship Programme


About

The IBRAF Fellowship Programme on South-South and Triangular Cooperation (IFP) aims to overcomes the gap between studying and engaging in international cooperation, taking scholars and professionals to hands on experiences in Brazil in order to explore, understand and disclose good practices and projects in socieconomic development.

The IFP offers Professors, PhD candidates, Masters students, specialists, undergraduates and professionals an opportunity to have a concrete experience in an international and non-governmental organization that is actively engaged in international cooperation. With the exchange of know-how between the fellows and IBRAF – as well as its partner institutions – the program aims at empowering the next-generation of decision-makers in Brazil and Africa.

The program seeks to develop the participants’ capacities in terms of critical thinking, problem-solving and crisis management. Visiting Fellows produce some specific deliverables during their stay, in the form of briefing notes (to map best practices) research papers, situation analysis, op-eds (to create academic products) and seminars (to display sustainable solutions).

Key Areas

  • Trade and Investments across the South Atlantic
  • Technical Cooperation and Capacity-Building
  • Economic and Sustainable Development
  • Demography, Urbanization, Housing and Public Health
  • Agriculture, Agri-business and Rural Development

How it Works

During the 8-week programme, IBRAF offers institutional support for all the aforementioned activities, at its headquarters in Fortaleza, Brazil, and through partner organizations’ offices all over Brazil and the African continent. The IFP has the capacity to receive multiple fellows at the same time, with adequate space for working and living. They will each be engaged in one of the three cycles for a determined period, rotating after the completion of each activity.

Professionals and Researchers receive, after the completion of the program, an academic certificate issued by the Brazil Africa Institute with due accreditation, plus the title of fellowship alumni. At the end of every year, IBRAF produces a publication, in the form of a book or an e-book, to review, compile and systematize all the knowledge produced by the fellows of the determined period.

IBRAF, seeking to foster academic production, promote an amicable competition, and the Fellowship Program’s best and most notable research project will receive a space at the Brazil Africa Forum to showcase its findings.

Eligibility

  • Candidates must either be enrolled in an Undergraduate program, have a Bachelor’s Degree or hold an advanced degree (PhD, MPhil., MSc., MA or equivalents) in a relevant field
  • Candidates from all nationalities are eligible
  • Candidates must be proficient in English
  • Candidates must be 18-45 years of age
  • Female professionals and researchers are encouraged to apply to meet gender parity in the program
  • Disabled Individuals are encouraged to apply

Application

For the application process, candidates must send the following documents:

  • Official Application Form
  • Curriculum Vitae in English
  • Cover Letter in English (max. 1 page)
  • Personal Writing Sample of a relevant theme in English (max.3 pages)
  • Research Proposal indicating the key-area of preference for the activities, draft title, background, justification and expected outcomes (max. 3 pages)
  • Passport pages with personal information and photo