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The Crop Science Graduate Program (PPGFITO) is a long-established and high-quality program (CAPES grade 6 out of 7). It is mainly focused on Tropical Agriculture and aimed at training students for college teaching, research and the job market.

Most students are granted scholarships by the official research funding agencies, such as the Coordination for the Improvement of Higher Education Personnel (CAPES), the National Council for Scientific and Technological Development (CNPq), and the Foundation for Research Support of the State of Rio Grande do Norte (FAPERN). Likewise, almost all faculty members are CNPq scholarship holders and they are equally engaged in the different research focus areas.

Our researches are aimed at technological solutions for issues on tropical fruit farming. Crops like melon, watermelon, papaya, mango, grape, and others are directly benefited by the technology developed in the program and this enhances regional and national agribusiness.

International students can apply for the Crop Sciences Graduate Program (PPGFITO) once a year under the call for applications announced in the program’s webpage. Students holding a degree in the field of Agricultural Sciences or related areas can apply for the Master’s degree. In order to apply for the Doctoral program, the applicant must hold Master’s degree in Agricultural Sciences or related areas. The admission of international students is completely free of charge and happens regardless the admission of Brazilian students.

During the call for international students, applicants must forward to digital photocopies of the following documents: 1) application form, available in the call for applications, with a brief description of the research project to be developed in the program; 2) curriculum form, available in the call for applications, and the corroborating documents; 3) degree certificates; 4) academic transcript; 5) ID card, in the case of Mercosur citizens, or the identification pages of passport; 6) ID-sized photo. These documents are submitted to Research project and Curriculum vitae evaluations.

Moreover, international students holding the Brazilian Individual Taxpayer Registration (CPF) can apply for PPGFITO under the regular call for applications, which is the same Brazilian students apply for. For further information, access the program’s webpage: (only Portuguese).

PEC-PG Scholarship Program

The Exchange Program for Graduate Students (PEC-PG), supported by the Coordination for the Improvement of Higher Education Personnel (CAPES), the Ministry of Foreign Affairs (MRE), and the National Council for Scientific and Technological Development (CNPq), provides students from developing countries with which Brazil maintains educational, cultural or scientific-technological agreement the opportunity to pursue doctoral studies in a Brazilian higher education institution.

International students can apply for a scholarship under the call for applications announced every year in the program’s webpage. For information on dates and deadlines, scholarships and the list of eligible countries access (only in Portuguese).

Brazil Scholarship Program GCUB

Furthermore, as UFERSA is affiliated to Coimbra Group of Brazilian Universities (GCUB), international students can apply for a scholarship under the Partnerships Program for Education and Training (PAEC). This program enhances the integration of the Americas by granting scholarships to citizens of OAS Member States to pursue studies in Master’s and Doctoral programs in Brazilian Higher Education Institutions.

For further information about the program, access (only in Portuguese).

The Crop Science Graduate Program offers 4 research focus areas within the broader field of Tropical Agriculture. They are:

  • Genetic Breeding and Post-harvest Technology
  • Crop Practices
  • Plant Protection
  • Nutrition, Irrigation, Plant Propagation and Seed Technology

Below is a list of PPGFITO Faculty members and their respective research focus topics. Feel free to contact them regarding research advising.

Focus Area: Crop Practices

  • Aurélio Paes de Barros: Grain crops and Intercropping


  • Francisco Bezerra Neto: Agricultural experimentation, Crop management and practices, Intercropping


  • Maria Zuleide de Negreiros: Vegetable crop management and practices




Focus Area: Genetic Breeding and Post-harvest Technology

  • Edna Maria Mendes Aroucha: Post-harvest conservation of fruit and vegetables


  • Glauber Henrique de Sousa Nunes: Cucurbits genetic breeding, Genetic resources, Statistics


  • Ioná Santos Araújo Holanda: Plant molecular genetics


  • Patrícia Ligia Dantas de Moraes: Physiology and post-harvest technology of fruit


  • Salvador Barros Torres: Seed technology, analysis, physiology and quality control



Focus Area: Plant Protection






Focus Area: Nutrition, Irrigation and Salinity


  • Leilson Costa Grangeiro: Vegetable nutrition


  • Rafael Oliveira Batista: Irrigation, Environmental sanitation, Waste treatment and management



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Mailing address:

Crop Science Graduate Program – PPGFITO/UFERSA

572 Francisco Mota Ave. – Costa e Silva

Mossoró, RN 59625-900


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