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Doctoral Degree (PhD) in Chemistry at UFPR

  

APPLICATIONS AND SELECTION PROCEDURE – General information

Applicants are required to submit online all documents necessary to enter the PhD selection process (section 2 of these guidelines). The submission should be made through the university’s Academic Management System – SIGA/UFPR. The appropriate links are provided in section 5 below.
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The criteria for scholarship granting are detailed in section 4 of these guidelines.
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1. WHEN TO APPLY

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1.1. ADMISSION PROCESS TYPE A

This applies to candidates who have not yet obtained an acceptance letter from a member of the PPGQ faculty and therefore have not yet defined a research project to be developed during the PhD course.

In this case, the selection process is similar to that carried out for the MSc course, and involves: 1. A written test in Chemistry; 2. Analysis and scoring of the Curriculum vitae; 3. An interview with the Selection Committee.

The detailed description of this selection process can be found at:

http://www.prppg.ufpr.br/ppgquimica/en/admissao/mestrado/ (Item 4 – Steps of the Selection Process).

The selection calendar is available at: http://www.prppg.ufpr.br/ppgquimica/en/calendario/datas-importantes/

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1.2. ADMISSION PROCESS TYPE B

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This selection process applies to candidates who have already defined a research supervisor among the PPGQ faculty members, and have therefore obtained an acceptance letter to enter a research group.

Applications completed and submitted on or before the 15th day of each month will be considered for admission in the following month, provided that the candidate is approved in the selection process.

Details on the Type B selection and admission processes are presented in Chapter VII of the PPGQ/UFPR Internal Regiment (in Portuguese) and are summarized below.
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2. DOCUMENTS FOR APPLICATION
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2.1. ADMISSION PROCESS TYPE A
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Applicants must have obtained a Master (MSc) degree in Chemistry, Biochemistry, Chemical Engineering, Pharmaceutical Sciences, Materials Science or other Chemistry-related area.
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Candidates who wish to proceed directly to a PhD after obtaining a Bachelor’s degree in Chemistry or related areas are encouraged to check this possibility with the Program Coordinator, who will then consult the Board of Graduate Studies in Chemistry (BGS).
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The following documents must be scanned (or filled online) and uploaded on the SIGA/UFPR home page:
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I – Full application form, according to the model available on the SIGA website (see links below);
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II – Copy of the certificate or diploma in which the conclusion of the undergraduate and MSc courses is duly confirmed. The master’s diploma may be temporarily replaced by a copy of the course completion certificate, or by a statement, issued by the Academic Registration Unit of the institution of origin, confirming that the of master’s dissertation will be defended within a maximum period of 90 (ninety) days.

The degrees obtained by the applicant must be accredited by the Education Ministry or corresponding Authority in the applicant’s country of origin.

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III – Copy of undergraduate and MSc official academic records of completed study programs.
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IV – Fully documented Curriculum vitae, prepared according to the general guidelines that are made available through the following link: “PPGQ/UFPR Criteria for analysis of Curriculum vitae”.
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V – An updated photograph in square format: 3×3, 4×4, …, NxN.
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VI – Official transcripts of all courses taken as credits at the Master level, with detailed course descriptions, provided by the Coordination of the Graduate Studies Program in which the courses were taken. These transcripts should  be organized in a single file and uploaded as such during the online application process.
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VIII – Copy of the passport identification sheet. For enrollment after approval in the PhD admission process, foreign citizens will be required to provide copies of the Brazilian CPF (individual tax payer’s identification) and of the Foreign Identity Card (RNE) issued by the Brazilian Federal Police.
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2.1. ADMISSION PROCESS TYPE B
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In addition to documents I-VIII listed above, the applicant for the type B PhD admission process should also provide the following items:
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IX – Acceptance letter from a member of the PPGQ faculty who will act permanently as the applicant’s PhD supervisor.
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X – Full research proposal (project) to be developed by the applicant during the PhD course, prepared according to the instructions contained in the PPGQ/UFPR Internal Regiment (Addendum VI).
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3. STEPS OF THE ADMISSION PROCESS – TYPE B
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To be admitted to the PhD course of the Graduate Program in Chemistry at UFPR, the applicant is required to pass a selection process whose goal is to evaluate his/her science maturity level and experience in the research line chosen for his/her PhD project.
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At the beginning of the admission process, the PPGQ’s Board of Graduate Studies (BGS) will appoint two faculty members to compose the Examining Committee, which is specific for each candidate. One of these faculty members shall belong to the same Concentration Area (Physical Chemistry, Analytical Chemistry, Inorganic Chemistry or Organic Chemistry) chosen by the applicant during submission. Also, one member of the Examining Committee will preferably be a member of the PPGQ’s Board of Graduate Studies.
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The final decision about admittance to the PhD program in Chemistry at UFPR will be taken by the BGS on the basis of the final recommendation made, in writing, by the Examining Committee.
Applicants will be assessed through the following examinations:
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  • An interview with the Examining Committee;
  • Analysis of the Curriculum vitae (both for admission and scholarship granting purposes).
  • Defense of the thesis project in a public hearing before the Examining Committee.
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The Examining Committee shall contact the candidate and advise him/her of the time, date, and place for the interview and defense of the project. During the public session, the applicant’s scientific and professional background, as well as the subject, literature basis, methodology and feasibility of his/her thesis project will be addressed.
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The applicant’s research supervisor is not supposed to be present during the hearing.
In the light of the applicant’s performance in the public session, particularly related to the scientific experience and knowledge of the research proposal, and to his/her ability to defend the rationale behind the submitted project, the Examining Committee may recommend to the Board of Graduate Studies (BGS) one of the following possibilities:
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  • The applicant can be approved in the admission process;
  • The applicant should make changes to the written research proposal and/or be submitted to a new interview up to 30 (thirty) days after the first one, after which a new report will be issued by the Examining Committee;
  • The applicant should not be approved in the selection.
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After the conclusion of both the interview and the Curriculum vitae evaluation by the Examining Committee, a written report will be sent to the Board of Graduate Studies, who has the final word on the admission of the candidate. This report should be completed in time for the first BGS ordinary meeting to be held after the date set for the candidate’s interview.
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In the case of applicants coming from Graduate Programs other than the PPGQ/UFPR, the Examining Committee may recommend a complementary study plan to be followed by the applicant after admission. This plan may involve both undergraduate and graduate courses regularly offered at the DQUI/UFPR, and will be based on the candidate’s background education, as documented by the official transcripts of the courses taken for each degree previously obtained by the student.
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The Board of Graduate Studies will announce the names of the approved applicants on the basis of the recommendations made by the Examining Committee. These applicants will be given a deadline of 30 (thirty) week days, starting from the announcement of their names by the BGS, to complete the enrollment process.
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4. CRITERIA FOR SCHOLARSHIP GRANTING:
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The granting of a scholarship to a given PhD student will depend on his/her full enrollment in the Graduate Program, as defined in the preceding sections. The criteria mentioned below apply both to Type A and Type B admission processes.
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A scholarship cannot be granted if the recipient is already receiving funding for the same or other research purpose, or if the recipient undertakes paid employment alongside his/her research degree program.
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The distribution of institutionally available scholarships among the newly enrolled PhD students will obey the following criteria:
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4.1. The academic and professional activities listed in the applicants’ CV will be scored according to the criteria listed in the following link: “Criteria for Analysis of Curriculum vitae”.
Undocumented activities will not be considered in this step of the evaluation process.
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4.2. The names of all new PhD students that are eligible for an institutional PhD scholarship (granted by the Brazilian Research Agencies CAPES, CNPq, Araucaria Foundation) will be added to the scholarship waiting list, in the descending order of the final score assigned to each candidate during the CV evaluation.
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4.3. The waiting list will be updated monthly by including all newly admitted PhD students. The order of the new students in this list depends only on their CV’s score, and therefore will not be defined by their admission dates.
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4.4. The candidates whose Curriculum vitae are ranked best in the waiting list will be the first to be awarded with a scholarship.
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4.5. Every regularly enrolled PhD student may request one single reevaluation of his/her Curriculum vitae. This second assessment is supposed to be requested no longer than one year after joining the Graduate Studies Program. The new score coming from the updated version of the Curriculum vitae will replace the one obtained originally at the first assessment and will be used to update the waiting list that is defined in section 4.2 of these general guidelines.
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4.6. The allocation of a scholarship to a given PhD student will depend on the confirmation of his/her full enrolment in the Graduate Studies Program. If this process is not completed within the deadlines established by the PPGQ/UFPR and the funding agencies, the scholarship will be transferred to the next student ranked in the waiting list.
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4.7. Institutional scholarships will not be awarded to students who are involved in paid professional activities or who engage in any paid employment while registered in the PhD course. Therefore, any change in employment circumstances involving a scholarship recipient should be immediately communicated to the PPGQ’s Administration Personnel. Any failure to comply with this requirement will lead to the cancellation of the scholarship unduly received and to the refund of the monthly payments received by the student.
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4.8. The granting of non-institutional scholarships will depend only on the proper student enrollment in the Graduate Program, as these scholarships arise from the supervisors’ efforts towards the attraction of alternative funding.
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5. LINKS TO SIGA/UFPR (REGISTRATION FOR THE ADMISSION PROCESSES)
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WARNING:
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If, for any reason, a candidate uploads more than one application to enter the PhD admission process, only the last submission will be considered. Therefore, all candidates must make sure that his/her final application is complete and in perfect agreement with the rules and criteria of the Selection Process.
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6. PUBLIC ANNOUNCEMENT OF THE SELECTION PROCEDURES
(in Portuguese)