Strengthening competencies in research, development and innovation (R&D&I) is directly associated with training human resources who are able to connect with each other in search of solutions to challenges affecting global and local society.

The CNPEM promotes various activities related to training personnel in R&D&I activities. Its research and development programs include scholarship recipients from all levels, in partnerships with universities and graduate programs. There are also programs for immersion in the research environment for students and teachers, as well as events and training courses on specific topics.

In 2022, with support from the Brazilian Ministry of Education (MEC), the CNPEM expanded its educational activities with the opening of the Ilum School of Science. This interdisciplinary undergraduate program in science, technology, and innovation implements innovative ideas to provide a high-quality free and full-time undergraduate program immersed in the research environment at the CNPEM.

Training and education activities are part of the CNPEM’s mission and are key to the progress of research and national development.

Ilum School of Science


With an innovative plan to train future scientists, the Ilum School of Science is a CNPEM initiative funded by the Brazilian Ministry of Education that offers a three-year full-time bachelor’s course in Science, Technology, and Innovation at no cost to students.

This course was granted the highest score possible by the Brazilian National Institute for Educational Studies and Research (INEP), and provides a solid scientific foundation in a multidisciplinary and interdisciplinary course. The curriculum spans disciplines in the life sciences, materials science, mathematical languages, and the humanities for a truly integrated educational experience based on ethics and cooperation in the search for answers and solutions to global problems in the modern world. Learn more at the Ilum School of Science website.

For students and teachers


Your best summer vacation ever could be at the CNPEM. The Bolsas de Verão Program is for university students in countries in Latin America and the Caribbean who have already completed at least three semesters of their degree program. The program takes place during January and February, when scholarship winners carry out a research project at the CNPEM campus, with all expenses paid by the Center.

Opportunities for undergraduate students working on scientific problems. PIBIC, the Institutional Scientific Initiation Program, grants scholarships from the Brazilian National Research Council (CNPq). The main objectives of this program are to develop critical thinking and awaken a scientific vocation. Each year there is a call for candidates to register.

For interns with a passion for science and technology. The Unified Internship Program (PUE) is directed toward students in technical high schools or universities who are seeking new challenges and development. The focus is on theoretical and practical learning. Development takes place during the internship through guided activities and projects.

The Sirius School for High School Teachers (ESPEM) serves teachers of physics, chemistry, and biology in municipal, state, federal, or private schools. Participants become students again for a week in an experience that immerses them in the CNPEM’s cutting-edge research environment. Through seminars, lecture classes, roundtables, and sharing their experiences, teachers are motivated to bring concepts from modern science back to the classrooms where they work and update their teaching practices.

The Ricardo Rodrigues Synchrotron Light School (ER2LS) works to broaden the training of the current community of users at the Brazilian Synchrotron Light National Laboratory (LNLS) as well as to boost training of new users who in turn can utilize synchrotron light in their areas of research. The School attracts undergraduate and graduate students from all areas.