CAPES - Coordination for the Improvement of Higher Education Personnel

A cooperation agreement with the largest Brazilian funding agency CAPES (Coordenação de Aperfeiçoamento de Pessoal de Nível Superior) has been in place since 2010. This was negotiated by the Brazil Centre in order to link the University of Münster (UM) institutionally not only with universities but also with funding agencies in Brazil.

Within the framework of this cooperation, the so-called Brazil Chair ("Cátedra Brasil") was established at UM. This guest chair for Brazilian academics is financed by CAPES and covers a period of six to 24 months. There are more than ten such guest chairs worldwide, including at the universities of Oxford, Harvard, Cambridge, Sorbonne, Bologna, Coimbra as well as Bonn and Tübingen. This guest professorship is linked to the Brazil Centre and is open to all disciplines. Interested faculties can apply in an internal UM call for applications organized by the Brazil Centre.

The overall goal of the Brazil Chair is to intensify cooperation between researchers from the University of Münster and Brazilian universities as well as to build and expand scientific Networks. In addition, the Brazil Chair is intended to create greater visibility for the achievements of outstanding Brazilian academics at the UM and in Germany as a whole.

In the current call for applications (No.29/2023), the following two Brazil Chairs are available at the University of Münster:

Visiting professorship starting between September and November 2024:

Topic: „Agonistic Plurality. Deep disagreements and fundamental conflicts as a challenge to pluralist societies."

The chair can be located at the following institutes:

Institute of Educational Science - Prof. Dr. Marcelo Parreira do Amaral
Institute of Psychology - Prof. Dr. Joscha Kärtner
Institute for Didactics of History - Prof. Dr. Saskia Handro
Institute of Communication Studies - Prof. Dr. Julia Metag
Institute of Sociology - Prof. Dr. Ines Michalowski
Institute of German Studies - Prof. Dr Kai Sina
Department of Philosophy - Prof Dr. Christian Thein
Institute of Political Science - Prof. Dr. Ulrich Willems

Deadline: 19 February 2024 at 5 pm (BRT)

Start of activities: between September and November 2024

Topic: "Modelling Infection Disease Dynamics for Epidemiologic Management."
Application deadline: from 1 August 2024 at 5 pm (BRT)/ 9 pm (CET) until 31 October 2024.
Start of activities: Between September and November 2025.

The current call for proposals provides funding for two CAPES Brazil Chairs with a 18-month visiting professorship at the UM each. The selected researchers will be able to indicate one postdoctoral researcher and one doctoral student for a 6-12 month research stay.

You can find the news on CAPES Brazil Chair call in our "Funding opportunities" section.

Current professors

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Prof. Dr. José Carlos Vaz

Professor Dr Vaz is Professor of Public Policy Management at the University of São Paulo (Faculty of Arts, Sciences and Humanities) and Vice-President of the Board of Directors of the Polis Institute. Moreover, he is Coordinator of GETIP - Group for Studies in Technology and Innovation in Public Administration.

Prof. Dr Vaz holds a degree in Administration from the University of São Paulo (1986), a Masters in Public Administration from the Fundação Getúlio Vargas SP (1995) and a Doctorate in Business Administration - Information Systems from the Getúlio Vargas SP Foundation (2003).

He also has experience in the field of public administration, working mainly in the following areas: social and political aspects of the use of information technology (digital participation, open government data, social control of governments, e-government, technological public policy), public management (capacity of state and government, innovations in public administration, logistics, strategic planning) and urban and municipal issues (urban processes and dynamics, urban mobility, municipal management, local development).

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Prof. Dr. Elaine Maria de Souza Fagundes

Prof. Dr Fagundes is Associate Professor at the Federal University of Minas Gerais in the Department of Physiology and Biophysics and she has experience in immunology and cellular and molecular pharmacology.

Prof. Fagundes has a degree in Pharmacy from the Federal University of Minas Gerais (1991), a Masters in Virology (1992), in Biological Sciences (Microbiology) - Department of Microbiology/ICB/UFMG (1996) - and in Biotechnology - CETEC/MG (1998), as well as a PhD in Cellular and Molecular Biology from the Oswaldo Cruz Foundation (2002). She has a Postdoctorate in Cytotoxic and Immunomodulatory Natural Products (2005) at the Oswaldo Cruz Foundation and one in anticancer drug discovery at Vanderbilt University/USA (2012). She also received a fellowship for research at the University of Konstanz in Germany, from the ALEXANDER Von HUMBOLDT / CAPES Foundation (2015) - Experienced Researcher.

Her research focus is on pharmaceutical innovation and development of in vitro bioassays (both biochemical and cell-based assays) to predict antitumour and pro-apoptotic, immunomodulatory, cytotoxic, neurotoxic and antiparasitic effects, with emphasis on neglected diseases such as leishmaniasis and Chagas disease, cancer and Parkinson's disease.

Brazil Chair - Professors (2012-2019)

Prof. Dr. Marcos Wachowicz
Federal University of Paraná (UFPR), Faculty of Law, Curitiba/Paraná

Research topic:
Blockchain and intelectual property right: legitimacy of smart contracts for personalized management of copyright in the information Society

Hosting institute:
UM Institut für Informations-, Telekommunikations- und Medienrecht (ITM), Prof. Dr. Thomas Hoeren

12 months, 2018-2019

Homeapge M. Wachowicz

Guest Lectures at the University of Münster:
June 4, 2018
July 12, 2018

Dr. Gilberto Câmara
National Institute for Space Research. (bras. Akronym: INPE), São José dos Campos/São Paulo

Research topic:
Data‐intensive Geoinformatics: using big geospatial data to address global change questions

Hosting institute:
Institute for Geoinformatics,  Prof. Dr. Edzer Pebesma

 2 years, 2013-2015

Homepage G. Câmara

July 2013
December 2013

Prof. Dr. Fernando Batista da Costa
University of São Paulo, School of Pharmaceutical Sciences of Ribeirão Preto

Research Topic:
In silico‐tools to assess the bio‐and chemodiversity of Natural Products with respect to their potential as new lead compounds against Neglected Diseases

Hosting institute:
Institute for Pharmaceutical Biology and Phytochemistry, Prof. Dr. Thomas Schmidt

 8 months, 2012-2013

Homepage F. da Costa

September 2012
March 2013