The Brazilian government has announced a plan to invest 3.16 billion real (R$; US$2.02 billion) in 75,000 science and technology scholarships by the end of 2014. The initiative, which will send students abroad to universities and corporate labs.
More than 34,000 scholarships will go to students in doctorate programmes. Aid will be also provided for researchers in postdoctoral positions, six-month internships and training for international companies. Just over one-third of the scholarships will be awarded to undergraduates undertaking one-year study-abroad programmes. The government also hopes to attract foreign scientists to Brazil, offering 390 three-year grants to visiting researchers.