Science without Borders Holland (SwB Holland) – Bachelor Call

The Science without Borders Holland Program, an initiative of the Brazilian government, provides scholarships to students from Brazil for a period of up to one year of study at a Dutch University. This program is only open to Brazilian students.

Scholarships will be given primarily to students in the fields of science, technology, engineering and mathematics - so-called STEM fields. Students in the program will return to Brazil to complete their degrees.

The program is part of the Brazilian government’s larger initiative to grant scholarships and research funds to the best students and scholars from Brazil to enable them to study and work abroad at the world’s best universities.

How to apply

The table below shows the procedure and deadlines for Brazilian students who would like to spend a sandwich period of one or two semesters at TU/e. 

SwB Holland Undergraduate 5th Call Schedule
August 15, 2014

Release Call 193/2014 (Holland-NUFFIC).


From August 16 to
September 30, 2014

Students apply on the SwB website by filling in the SwB application form. 


December 12, 2014 

List of pre-selected students for SwB Holland is published by CNPq.

From January 5, 2015 to February 28, 2015


Pre-Selected candidates apply for a course at the Dutch Higher Education Institutions.

March 16, 2015 


Deadline for the Dutch higher education institutions to send list of approved and rejected candidates to Nuffic Neso Brazil.

From April 16, 2015


Expected date list of selected students communicated by CNPq.
Nuffic Neso Brazil will send the final results to the Dutch higher education institutions.

August/September 2015


 Beginning of the activities abroad.

  1. NOTE: Regrettably it is not possible for SwB students to apply for an exchange period at the Department of Industrial Design and Mechanical Engineering.
  2. Information on the available exchange programs.

Conditions and procedure

Being an advanced science and technology research university TU/e may apply different access requirements (i.e. for English proficiency) than CNPq or than other Dutch institutes of higher learning.

Between November 16, 2014 and January 16, 2015 students will be informed about their acceptance by TU/e. Those who have been accepted will receive an acceptance letter and approved learning agreement from TU/e.

Between March and August 2015, selected students/SwB scholarship holders will be informed about the necessary logistics and visa arrangements for the start of their exchange period in September 2015.