CAPES is a Foundation within the Ministry of Education in Brazil whose central purpose is to coordinate efforts to improve the quality of Brazil’s faculty and staff in higher education through grant programs. CAPES is particularly concerned with the training of Doctoral candidates, Pre-doctoral short-term researchers, and Post-doctoral Scholars.
The CAPES Foundation is a public foundation established in 1951 within the Ministry of Higher Education, as a Brazilian government agency awarding scholarship grants to graduate students at universities and research centers in Brazil and abroad. At present CAPES supports about 22,000 students in Brazilian graduate programs and 1,500 in other countries.
IIE handles the placement of CAPES PhD graduate students in U.S. institutions of higher education, issues student visa documentation and monitors immigration status and students' academic progress. In addition, IIE provides direct counseling support when needed.