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Call for nominations: 2015 Global Scholars Program: Brazil

Filed in Brazil, News and announcements by on November 15, 2014

Nomination deadline: Feb. 1, 2015

The MU Council on International Initiatives is pleased to announce the 2015 Global Scholars Program seminar to Brazil. This nationally recognized program is designed to support MU faculty members who seek to internationalize their teaching and research. Since its inception, more than 200 faculty members across colleges and schools have participated. As a result, numerous research collaborations have begun and dozens of courses have been modified — enhancing the learning experience of thousands of MU students each year.  In 2002, the Global Scholars Program received the Andrew Heiskell Award for Best Practices and Innovation in International Education from the Institute of International Education.

The Global Scholars Program is designed to: 1) expand faculty involvement in MU’s strategic international relationships; and 2) foster tangible new international collaborations for participants, including research grants or papers and teaching innovations.

Performance criteria for Global Scholars Program faculty:

  1. Global scholars agree to participate in all scheduled program activities, including two brief pre-departure orientation sessions.
  2. Scholars submit a brief (one to two pages) one year plan of work to pursue program objectives by Oct. 15, 2015. Plans should identify potential collaborator(s) in Brazil and should describe expected outcomes and proposed action steps to complete this work. Scholars should submit their plans to their dean/director and to the director of the International Center.
  3. Scholars provide a brief report on action steps taken and revisions in expected outcomes from original plans of work. Progress reports are due by May 1, 2016.

Please note that the International Center does not accept or review applications directly from faculty. All nominations must come through the appropriate dean’s/director’s office. Space in this seminar is limited. To ensure fullest consideration, deans should forward their nominations to Jim Scott, director of the International Center, no later than Feb. 1, 2015. The provost requests that funding not be awarded to persons who have received Global Scholars Program funding in previous years.

2015 seminar — Global Scholars Program: Brazil

Dates: June 9–20, 2015
Leader: Becky Showmaker, director of sponsored student programs, MU International Center and coordinator of the MU International Academic Partnership Steering Committee – BrazilInstitute of International Education

As part of MU’s participation in IIE’s 2014 International Academic Partnership Program, 2015 Global Scholars will visit key MU institutional partners in Brazil.  The program has visited Brazil previously in 2003 and in 1999.

Why Brazil?

Brazil is an emerging global leader and an increasingly engaged partner in higher education. Institutions in Brazil have the capacity to engage in long-term partnership in all disciplines, and the vision and support of the Brazilian government matches this commitment to internationalization.

The government of Brazil has demonstrated its support of institutional partnerships, particularly student and faculty mobility, through the Brazil Scientific Mobility Program. Implemented in 2011, this program intends to support 100,000 undergraduate and graduate students to study abroad. The program was recently renewed for a second round of scholarships and also funds faculty mobility, including grants to foreign researchers who partner with Brazilian institutions. Accordingly, universities in Brazil have been directed to internationalize their engagement, research and curriculum.

MU has a long history of collaboration in Brazil and the capacity to build new connections in key fields, including science and technology, agriculture, education, business, creative industries and beyond. To this end, MU is participating in the 2013-2014 International Academic Partnership Program – Brazil. This program is administered by the Institute of International Education and assists U.S. institutions with identifying, implementing and sustaining partnerships with Brazilian institutions.

The IAPP-Brazil Steering Committee was convened in November 2013 and represents academic and administrative units across campus. The Committee has assessed MU’s existing ties to Brazil and seeks to identify new opportunities for strategic partnership.

The Global Scholars Program will build on this campus-wide initiative by introducing faculty to the diverse higher education system in Brazil and facilitating direct contact with counterparts at current and potential partner institutions.


The Global Scholars Program will include three cities – São Paulo, Belém, and Rio de Janeiro. Participants will visit a range of institutions in each city, as well as important cultural and historical sites. The cities offer strikingly different experiences and reflect the diversity of Brazil. The program will also include meetings with MU alumni, including BSMP scholarship students.

Institutions with which MU has an existing or prior connection are marked with an asterisk.

São Paulo

With a population of almost 12 million, São Paulo is the largest city in the Americas. It is the financial capital of Brazil with strong political and cultural influence, both nationally and internationally. São Paulo is a regional leader in education and health care.


Belém is the capital of the State of Para, Missouri’s sister state. The city is the gate to the Amazon River and an important port that offers unique opportunities to explore a wide range of topics, including international trade and business, tourism, public policy related to indigenous populations and environmental management, public health, and tropical medicine. MU has deep ties to this historically and culturally rich region.

Rio de Janeiro

Second to São Paulo in size, Rio is also a leader in higher education and research. The city is headquarters to two of Brazil’s major companies, Petrobras and Vale, as well as Globo Organization, the largest mass media group in Latin America. Famous for its landscape, beaches and rich cultural heritage, Rio is also an important industrial, political and financial center.

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