Purdue University’s College of Agriculture and the Brazilian Ministry of Education through CAPES, a public foundation for the development of graduate education in Brazil, have announced a partnership. As part of the agreement, the Brazilian government will pay for up to 10 doctoral students in the College of Agriculture per year. 

CAPES will open applications and interested applicants must will be selected through a rigorous process. Finalists will then follow the standard graduate admissions process for the Purdue department they are applying to. 

The first call for the 10-year agreement is slated to be announced by CAPES in May, with the first cohort of Ph.D. students set to start in fall 2020. 

“The establishment of the new Agriculture Ph.D. Fellows program with Brazil is very exciting,” Karen Plaut, the Glenn W. Sample Dean of Agriculture at Purdue University, said in a news release. “Purdue has a strong track record of engagement with Brazil in the field of agriculture, starting with its capacity-building work with what is now the Federal University of Viçosa, more than half a century ago. This program will further strengthen our academic partnerships in Brazil and help build a cadre of Brazilian Purdue Ph.D.’s that will ultimately strengthen joint research collaboration and more.”