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CAPES - Yale Graduate Scholars Program


Fall 2022: The CAPES-Yale Graduate Scholars Program is on hold for the upcoming 2023-24 academic year. Students from Brazil should apply to the BBS Program via the regular admissions route.

Yale University and the BBS Program have partnered with Brazil and the Brazilian Federal Agency for Support and Evaluation of Graduate Education (CAPES) to create the CAPES-Yale Graduate Scholars Program. This program is intended to train the most promising Brazilian students and prepares them to become international leaders in academia and industry. Students are jointly funded by CAPES and Yale and are eligible to join any BBS Track. They participate in all regular BBS academic activities and additionally participate in specialized professional development programs exclusively for them. Yale has helped to train Brazilian leaders for almost 200 years and looks forward to training a new generation of scientists and scholars.

Eligibility & Nomination Process

Students who will have completed either a bachelor’s degree or a master’s degree prior to matriculating at Yale are eligible for nomination. The application process requires three steps:

1. Students must first apply to the CAPES portal to express interest in the CAPES-Yale Program. CAPES releases a Call for Applications approximately in August each year, and the application deadline is anticipated to be December 15. Please visit the CAPES website for more information.

2. A committee of Brazilian scientists review the applications and in turn nominates a subset of students for consideration by Yale.

3. Nominees then apply to the BBS Program.

Admissions Process

Students nominated by CAPES must submit a regular Yale Graduate School application to BBS via the processes described elsewhere on this website. Students should apply to the BBS Track which best matches their scientific interests. Although the BBS application deadline is December 1, the application will remain available to CAPES nominees until a later date that will be communicated to the applicants. BBS faculty will either travel to Brazil in February to interview each applicant in person or conduct remote interviews if travel is not possible. Final admissions decisions will be sent to applicants from the Dean of the Yale Graduate School.


Students who accept an offer of admission to Yale will be instructed by CAPES to provide information to accept a scholarship from CAPES. Students will then receive their BBS stipend directly from CAPES during their first three years of study at Yale. During this period, CAPES will provide Yale with funds to cover the cost of student health insurance; and Yale will pay the cost of tuition. Yale will provide the stipend and pay the health insurance and tuition fees in years four and beyond.