Frequently Asked Questions

Is the program tuition-free?
At UFES, Master’s and Doctorate programs are tuition-free since they are financed by the Brazilian Federal Government. PPGDI charge a fee for the selective process for both Master’s and Doctorate courses.

Do the Master and Doctoral courses require full-time dedication?
The student must have available time to attend courses, develop activities in laboratories, attend seminars, supervision meetings and prepare their dissertation or thesis. Thus full-time dedication is required for grants and scholarships.

What time are the lectures?
Classes are scheduled in 4-hour slots, between 8:00 a.m. and 6:00 p.m., from Monday to Friday. Class schedule depends on a number of factors such as faculty availability, number of enrollments, classroom availability and others that result in only one annual course planning.

Are there research grants for researchers?
Yes. All Postgraduate Programs (Masters and PhD) receive a quota of assistantships from agencies funding postgraduate education and research. The number of grants will depend on the funding agencies and is set annually. The Coordenação de Aperfeiçoamento de Pessoal de Nível Superior (CAPES), the Fundação de Amparo à Pesquisa do ES (FAPES) are the leading agencies offering grants to students.
Therefore, each program will establish internal distribution criteria that students should meet to be eligible for an assistantship/grant.

Do you offer summer and/or weekend courses?
The Postgraduate Program in Infectious Diseases does not offer summer or weekend courses.

Should I talk to a prospective supervisor in advance?
Not necessarily. Postgraduate programs can autonomously establish their own criteria for admission. Therefore, upon the publication of the call for admission, further information will be provided.

What types of PostGraduate courses are offered?
A postgraduate course in Brazil is divided into two levels: the broad sense (encompassing specialization courses) and the strict sense (encompassing master and doctorate courses). The broad sense courses aim to improve vocational training. The master's and doctoral courses aim to further vocational training. The doctoral specifically aims to train researchers and professors to work in higher education.

How can I get further information about the postgraduate program?
In Brazil, CAPES is the agency responsible for managing the academic graduate programs. On CAPES website ( you may find relevant available information. To learn more about a specific program at UFES, access

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