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Supporting physics teaching and research in Venezuela

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The PWF’s programme BrainGain aims to support professors and teaching assistants working in Venezuelan Universities with bachelor programmes in physics. The goal of the initiative is to fight brain drain by fostering the development of the higher-level physics education and research carried out in the country.

Building on the success of the first edition, in the academic year 2020-2021 the Brain Gain-Venezuela initiative has expanded to include even more universities (ULA, UCV, USB, UC, LUZ, UDO, UCLA) and will support up to 4 graduate teaching assistants along with up to 8 senior staff.


BrainGain Fellowship: For the whole duration of the academic year, selected professors will teach 8 to 10 hours per week in their respective institutes, while teaching assistants will teach 4 to 5 hours per week. The programme’s support allows the fellows to focus on their research projects and on providing high-quality education to the students enrolled in the courses. The courses should address the most pressing needs of the corresponding physics department and include teaching materials (videos, lecture notes, etc) that can be used elsewhere at a later stage.


The selection procedure is now over. (the application procedure was closed on 15 August 2020). You can meet the 2020 Fellows here


Application evaluation: Applications have been evaluated and ranked by a committee comprising 5 scholars (national and external members) according to the following criteria:

  • Pedagogical quality & adequacy of the project
  • Scientific and pedagogical merit of the candidate
  • Impact their course could have in Venezuela and beyond, taking into consideration innovative teaching methods and course resources that might be made available to a wider public (e.g. recording of the lectures and dissemination of course materials)



You can download the poster in Spanish or English.

Enquiries should be sent to


The BrainGain team members are: Jose Antonio Lopez (UCV), Jorge Stephany (USB), Humberto Rojas (UCV), Kai Tucci (ULA), Misael Rosales (ULA), Gloria Buendia (USB), Alberto Patino (ULA), Ernesto Fuenmayor (UCV), Alejandra Melfo (ULA), Manuel Vielma (UniGe, Switzerland), Luis Núñez (UIS, Colombia), José Ocariz (Université Paris Diderot, France), with the kind support of the Venezuelan Academy of Science.

Project coordinators: Arturo Sánchez (ICTP/INFN), Reina Camacho Toro (CNRS-LPNHE, France), Anamaria Font (UCV).