The University is delighted to announce a ground-breaking agreement with Paraguay’s Foreign Postgraduate Scholarship Programme Don Carlos Antonio López (BECAL).

The agreement gives the University of Bath preferred status for Paraguayan applicants wishing to pursue fully-funded postgraduate taught and research degrees overseas. Successful students will receive a scholarship from BECAL including tuition fees, travel, and a living stipend, as well as bench fees and pre-sessional English and study skills courses, as appropriate.

The BECAL scholarship was established by the Government of Paraguay in 2015 as a strategic initiative to build new capacity in the country’s science, technology, engineering and mathematics (STEM) research and industry partnerships, and to provide advanced training opportunities for educators in the public sector. The agreement also covers integrated master's and Doctoral programmes and is therefore attractive for students interested in our Centres for Doctoral Training.

The news builds on our successful partnerships in Latin America and the vibrant research connections our academics have forged with colleagues in Brazil, Colombia, Mexico and Chile. The agreement was signed by Professor Peter Lambert, Pro-Vice-Chancellor (Learning and Teaching), Professor Paul Milewski, Head of Department of Mathematical Sciences and Dr Carlos Galeano Rios, Research Associate, Department of Mathematical Sciences.

Professor Peter Lambert said:

We are proud to be the first UK university to sign a full agreement with BECAL covering all areas of studies, and believe that this is an important first step towards greater collaboration with Paraguay not only in terms of postgraduate and doctoral training, but also research. This new partnership reiterates our commitment to Latin America and reflects our strong international reputation and the quality of our postgraduate training, especially our postgraduate courses in education, Centres for Doctoral Training in STEM and industry collaborations.

We are inviting applications for the 2018/19 academic year. Interested students should submit a formal application to a postgraduate programme at Bath and will need an unconditional offer for a full-time programme before being considered for BECAL funding. Applicants should clearly identify BECAL as their intended source of funding on their application form.

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