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Frequently Asked Questions


Questions from Brazilian Applicants


How do I apply?
Read instructions.


Do I also have to apply to CNPq?
Yes, you must also apply to CNPq by April 15, 2015.


When is the next application deadline?

October 30, 2015. Applicants need to be aware that, in the future, the application process will be different. Candidates will apply to CNPq
after being accepted into the CINEMA program.


By when must I obtain my Ph.D.?
February 1st, 2016. CNPq considers the date when the candidate obtained his/her degree and not the date when the diploma is issued. So if a candidate defends his/her thesis successfully before the deadline, then this is suffice.


Do I have to be Brazilian?


How many positions are available?
During the first year, 20 candidates will be selected.


How can I find out about past awardees?
Read about past awardees.


Who funds CINEMA Fellowships?
Funding is from the Science Without Borders program through CNPq and CONFAP.


Evaluation Questions


What is the technical scope of the program?
A renewable energy focus is required. Projects will be evaluated on the level of innovation in two areas: 1) nanotechnology for renewable energy or 2) nanomaterials for renewable energy.


Does my proposal have to include the applicability of my research to renewable energy science?
Yes, this is a fundamental requirement for the program. Your proposal must have a direct connection with the field of energy.


What are the evaluation criteria?
Joint Brazil-US proposals will be evaluated on three criteria:


1) Fit of project within CINEMA (25%)

- Mutual benefit to the US and Brazil
- Fit within one of the following areas of study: Nanotechnology for renewable energy or nanomaterials for renewable energy. See list of CINEMA Energy Science Areas of Research.


2) Quality of the research project description (50%)
- High-quality, innovative project with planned publications
- Has potential high impact for renewable energy


3) Research mentor-CINEMA fellow match (25%)
- Appropriate accomplishments in energy-related research (meaningful contribution in CINEMA Energy Science areas of research)
- Experience in relevant areas of research
- Knowledge of appropriate techniques
- Relevant publication record of mentor


Are graduate student exchanges possible?
In following years, we anticipate including graduate student exchanges.


Who are the US partners?
List of US partners.


Who are the Brazilian partners?
List of Brazilian partners.


Questions from Research Mentors


Can I have more than one CINEMA Fellow at a time?
Yes, but only one each year.


What is the benefit of going through the CINEMA program?
The CINEMA program has dedicated partners with specific research activities and a stipend that is competitive in the US.


Do you have other questions?

Submit a question.