The Government of Paraná, through the Araucária Foundation and the General Superintendence of Science, Technology and Higher Education (SETI), announces the Program to Welcome Ukrainian Scientists. The focus of this initiative is the reception and integration of scientists in the Paraná community, but also in future joint collaborations for the reconstruction and strengthening of the Ukrainian economy through science and innovation in partnership with the State Government.

“Paraná is the home of Ukrainians in Brazil, it has a very strong connection with this culture. At this moment it is important to be open to receive refugees. With the Program to Welcome Ukrainian Scientists, we seek to demonstrate this also through science and academia,” said Governor Carlos Massa Ratinho Junior.

In this Program, the main objective is to recruit scientists from Ukrainian universities, in order to develop their research at universities based in Paraná for a period of up to two years at first. It is expected to receive up to 50 researchers, who have the title of doctor, and who are, or were working in the universities based in Ukraine for the development of research projects and, in addition, of teaching and extension in the universities of Paraná.

In view of the conflict, in which Russia initiated a military invasion against Ukraine on 02/24, and also in view of the concentration in Paraná of ​​about 80% of all immigrants from Brazil, it was identified as a priority to structure an action to welcome those who contributed so much to the development of the State. As a result, the Paraná Program for Welcoming Ukrainian Scientists was created, which is a continuous flow.

It is also worth mentioning that Ukrainian immigration is concentrated, above all, in the central-south region of Paraná, and the percentage of immigrants can reach 75% of the population residing in the localities that make up this region. In this way, the State is intertwined with Ukraine, not only because of the number of immigrants, but also because of all the linguistic and cultural elements brought by this community and which today are symbols of Paraná.

Information about the Program will initially reach Ukrainian scientists through the Araucaria Foundation, the General Superintendence of Science, Technology and Higher Education, Embassy of Ukraine in Brazil, Ministry of Foreign Affairs, Ministry of Science and Education of Ukraine, Humanitas Brasil Ukraine, Universities in Paraná, partner Universities of Higher Education Institutions (especially those from countries bordering Ukraine), UN Refugee Agency (UNHCR), Brazilian Association of International Education (FAUBAI) and Caritas.

Registration, selection and reception

Interested candidates must submit their proposals in up to two pages, in Ukrainian, Portuguese or English, containing their project intention. Proposals must explain the area, goals and objectives.

In addition, they must submit a video of up to three minutes, explaining what they would like to develop. The video can be recorded with the cell phone itself, horizontally, from the bust up. It is important not to record in open spaces and with a lot of movement.

The selection will be carried out by the appointed representatives of the Deans of Research and Graduate Studies of the Universities based in Paraná that are able to receive the researchers. Fundação Araucária and SETI will ensure the reception policy.

Scholarships and benefits

The researchers will receive a scholarship of R$10,000.00, in the category Professor - Special Visitor (PVE). In addition, a supplement in the amount of R$1,000.00 for each dependent under 18 years of age and/or ascendant over 60 years of age, with a maximum limit of three supplements of R$1,000.00 for each selected researcher.

In addition to the PVE scholarship, Fundação Araucária will provide the selected person and their dependents, if any, with air tickets to Brazil and back to Ukraine. will offer, free of charge, courses in Portuguese as an Additional Language, in order to assist in the linguistic and cultural insertion of the researchers and their dependents.

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