The PPG-ERN continually seeks to strengthen and expand its network of international collaborations by encouraging and supporting initiatives such as the search for co-supervisors and foreign collaborators, sandwich doctorates, as well as the exchange of researchers. The program sees internationalization as a way to: i) disseminate and to raise the recognition of the Program, ii) improve the training levels of graduate students, iii) provide new research and cultural opportunities, and iv) contribute to the quality and impact of publications.


PPG-ERN is a member of the CAPES Institutional Internationalization Program (CAPES PrInt), which aims to invest in the internationalization of personnel training and of Brazilian research, through the selection of institutional projects.

The UFSCar PrInt Project was one of those contemplated by CAPES PrInt. UFSCar PrInt was developed from 2017 onwards by the working group responsible for the UFSCar Strategic Internationalization Plan (SIP-UFSCar), which pointed out biodiversity, ecosystem functions and sustainability as one of the five strategic research themes that formed the backbone of the project.

The participation in CAPES PrInt gives PPG-ERN students and faculty the opportunity to apply every year for grants to:

  • Sandwich PhD scholarships abroad;
  • Visiting professor, junior and senior, abroad;
  • Short-term training;
  • Bring visiting professors from abroad

The more than 200 international cooperation agreements already signed by UFSCar with numerous foreign institutions contribute to facilitate international collaborations. In addition, the PPG-ERN has the support from FAPESP (São Paulo State Research Support Foundation), which also allows faculty and students to apply for scholarships to carry out work abroad.

Between 2017-2020, the main internationalization activities carried out in PPG-ERN included:

  • Visits from foreign professors;
  • Projects in collaboration with foreign professors and universities;
  • Students sent abroad;
  • Courses taught with the participation of researchers from other countries.