Warwick began to focus on Brazil at an institutional level in 2010 and we enjoy excellent relations with a host of institutions and funding bodies in order to nurture and develop bilateral research and education opportunities with our Brazilian partners.
Financial support to pump-prime new and early-stage research collaborations is provided the FAPESP-Warwick Joint Fund (Sao Paulo state only) and the International Partnership Fund. Many of these collaborations have resulted in securing larger grants from the Newton Fund (in partnership with the CONFAP, CAPES and CNPq), EMBRAPA, the Global Challenges Reseach Fund (GCRF), Ciencia sem Fronteiras and FAPESP. We also have some limited funding to support incoming research students who have been successful in securing CAPES-PRInt funding from their home institutions, in order to contribute to their tuition fees at Warwick (not covered by their award).
Support is provided by the International Strategy and Relations team (contact Emily Lim) for partnership-building and institutional relationship management. The Americas team in SROAS (Student Recruitment, Outreach and Admission Service) leads on international student recruitment for Brazil.
After a competitive selection process, the two successful students from Warwick's School of Modern Languages and Cultures were awarded scholarships co-funded by UFMG and Warwick. Warwick's student participation in UFMG's 2020 Summer School is a further expansion of our partnership which stems from a strong foundation of academic collaborations. Building on a Memorandum of Understanding signed by the two institutions in 2016, the partnership has gone from strength to strength.
Due to the COViD-19 pandemic UFMG hosted a special edition of this flagship event, with the entire program carried out through online platforms.
We spoke to Warwick's Bradley Montgomery and Brianna Falconer-Nash to see what they thought of the Summer School, how they adapted to online learning and what they have gained from this unique experience.
The previous year, Lucia Evans was one of two students selected to attend the summer school. Read Lucia's blog about her experience on the summer school