FLAD and the University of California, Berkeley, have signed a protocol that will ensure the promotion of Portugal and the Portuguese academic community within one of the best universities in the world.

The agreement between FLAD and the University of California, Berkeley, provides a three-year funding program for the Center of Portuguese Studies, which is part of the Institute of European Studies of the prestigious North-American university.

This will allow the financing of the first year of doctorate Portuguese students who have been accepted and have enrolled at the University of California, Berkeley. FLAD will contribute with 20.000 euros for each of these grants, a value that will be matched by the Pinto-Fialon Fund.

The Pinto-Fialon Fund was created following the decision of the Portuguese immigrant in the USA, Arthur Ferreira Pinto, to donate – together with his wife, Annette Fialon – his assets to UC Berkeley in order to support Portuguese students who decide to study at this university. Arthur Pinto, originally from Aveiro, emigrated to the U.S. in 1920, having graduated in 1942, at the age of 40, in Chemistry at UC Berkeley.

Another opportunity foreseen in this agreement will allow to award a grant of $10.000 so that a Portuguese Junior Visiting Researcher can conduct research for his doctoral thesis at UC Berkeley for a period of between 3 to 12 months.

Promote Portugal and the Portuguese community in one of the best universities in the world

The agreement reached between FLAD and UC Berkeley will allow a wide range of initiatives that will be essential to promote Portugal within that University, but also the Portuguese community, the teaching of Portuguese, and even Portugal as a destination for Berkeley students.

Among others, it is planned to:

  • Promote the close connection between the Portuguese scientific and academic community with the University of California, Berkeley.
  • The recognition of the Study in Portugal Network (SiPN)FLAD’s academic mobility program aimed at the exchange of North-American students in Portugal – by the University of Berkeley;
  • Collaboration with FLAD in the development of projects in California that are priorities for the Foundation and for Portugal;
  • The organization of conferences, lectures, exchange programs, and research projects, among other events with topics of common interest with Portuguese academics, public institutions, and the Portuguese-American community, throughout the California education system;
  • Promotion of partnerships and collaborations between universities, research centers, and other Portuguese institutions with the University of California, Berkeley;
  • Encourage research on the Portuguese-American culture and community;
  • Promotion of the study of the Portuguese language and Portugal, among students and staff at the University of California;
  • Purchase of academic and other publications not available in libraries of the region;
  • Regular communication and closer contact with the Portuguese-American community in the Bay Area region, informing the representative associations of activities of their interest in UC Berkeley;

See here for more details on the opportunities of the Grant FLAD/Pinto-Fialon Fund for PhD and for the position of Junior Visiting Researcher.

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