Admission and Scholarships

Bolsas de Estudo


Estamos em busca de um pesquisador em nível de pós-doutorado para integrar o nosso Projeto intitulado ‘Poverty reduction, mental health and the chances of young people: understanding mechanisms through analyses from 6 low- and middle-income countries’ – CHANCES6. 

O projeto internacional multicêntrico CHANCES6 tem financiamento do Economic and Social Research Conuncil - ESRC da Inglaterra com coordenaçao do PSSRU da London School of Economics (LSE0 e tem como principal objetivo compreender as relações entre pobreza e saúde mental em jovens, examinando o impacto de políticas de redução da pobreza na saúde mental, nas oportunidades de vida e no risco futuro de pobreza. 

Alguns detalhes do projeto, requisitos do bolsista e dados para submissão da proposta encontram-se abaixo descritos.

Prazo para submissão: 15/05/2019

O envio dos documentos de submissão deverá ser encaminhado para o endereço: A/C: Dr. Alicia Matijasevich


Cristiane Silvestre de Paula

Prof Adjunta do Programa de Pós-graduação em Distúrbios do Desenvolvimento da Universidade Presbiteriana Mackenzie. 


Call for Applications

Post-Doc Position in International Research Project

“Poverty reduction, mental health and the chances of young people: understanding mechanisms through analyses from 6 low- and middle-income countries”

The selected candidate will be part of an international research project, led by Dr. Cristiane Silvestre de Paula at the Universidade Presbisteriana Mackenzie (UPM) and Dr. Alicia Matijasevich at the Universidade de São Paulo (USP). The study is linked with London School of Economics and funded by the UK Economic and Social Research Council (ESRC).

The project aims to systematically assess the relationship between cash transfer programs and mental health of adolescents in six countries: Brazil, Colombia, Mexico, South Africa, Liberia and Malawi. The project will use both quantitative as well as qualitative methods, and offers the unique opportunity to work with renowned researchers from the London School of Economics and Political Science, King’s College London, the University of Cape Town, the Universidad de los Andes, UPM and USP.

The selected candidate will be based in the Universidade Presbiteriana Mackenzie in São Paulo, Brazil ( and work under direct supervision of Dr. Cristiane Silvestre de Paula ( and Dr. Alicia Matijasevich ( The work will be mainly in quantitative analysis and harmonization of several datasets, as well as, conducting a systematic review and drafting of peer-reviewed publications in collaboration with the international team. Furthermore, the post-doc is expected to support an organization of a Brazilian scientific event related to this project.

The salary of around 7.300,00 Brazilian Reais per month is competitive. The initial contract will be for one year with the possibility of renewal for 12 more months, and includes the scholarship plus a laptop.


Those applying should meet the following requirements:

·         Have completed a Ph.D. in a social sciences discipline, statistics, epidemiology, public health, mental health, economics, or related field. 

·         Willingness to spend full time in the project.

·         Experience in working with longitudinal data.

·         Experience in applying quantitative methods for policy evaluation (especially with advanced statistical methods such as regression-discontinuity designs, structural equation modeling and mediation analysis) is desirable.

·         Demonstrated experience in drafting publications for peer-reviewed journals (in English).

·         Ability to effectively communicate in Portuguese (oral and written).

·         Ability to work independently and conduct high-quality research.

·         Understanding of poverty alleviation programs and/or the interface between poverty and (mental) health.


Interested candidates should send the following materials:

·         Cover letter, specifying topics of past and current research as well as interest in being part of this project

·         CV

·         One letter of support

·         Names and contacts of two academic references

The call will remain open until the position is filled.

Please send inquiries and applications via email to until May 15th:

Dr. Alicia Matijasevich, e-mail:


Selection process / PhD

Presentation of research project (as per announcement)

Proof of proficiency (as per announcement)



Necessary documents

I - updated Curriculum Lattes;

II - copy of the defended dissertation;

III - Certified copy of the Master's degree or a copy of the dissertation defense minutes from a program recommended by CAPES (as per announcement

IV - Registration form and paid bank slip.

Selection Process / Master

Proof of specific knowledge (as per announcement)

Proof of proficiency (as per announcement)


Necessary documents

I - updated Curriculum Lattes;

II - Registration form and bank payment slip.


The University’s Advisory Service on Development of Research and Scholarships supports the Deanship of Research and Post-Graduate Studies in the dissemination of information about scholarships and awards, and guides students in the application procedures. The purpose of this service is to inform the academic community of Mackenzie Presbyterian University about possible scholarships and awards, stimulating the generation of scientific knowledge.

In line with published announcements, different types of scholarships, both in Brazil and abroad are offered to masters and doctoral students, including for full, doctoral sandwich and exchange program scholarships. These scholarships are provided by the Council for the Coordination of the Improvement of Higher education (CAPES). Information is available from their website These grants are awarded by PPG-DD in accordance with internal public announcement selection criteria.

Science Without Borders Program (Information available from the Science Without Borders Portal /

- Scholarships associated with the Scientific and Technological Development Council (CNPq) (Information available at CNPq Portal).

- Erasmus Mundus Program (Information available on the Portal Babel Project /

- Scholarships requested from the Support Foundation of São Paulo (FAPESP). These fellowships are requested directly by students officially enrolled in the post-graduate program together with their supervisor (Information available on the website of FAPESP).


Announcements of scholarships open in PPG-DD

Masters 1st semester 2016

Doctorate 1st semester 2016


International Exchanges

PDSE - 12 month scolarship continues

Students enjoyed stock in 2013 e 2014:

Alexandre Slowetzky Amaro (Universidade Estadual de California)

Aline Bernardes de Souza (Faculdade de Desporto da Universidade de Porto)

Andrea Aparecida Francisco Vital Pereira (Universidade do Porto)

Cintia Perez Duarte (Irish Centre for Autism and Neurodevelopmental Research)

Cristiane Marx Flor (Syracuse University)

Darlene Godoy de Oliveira (Harvard Graduate School of Education. Massachusetts, Cambridge)

Livia da Conceição Costa Zaqueu (Universidade de Évora)

Olivia Morgan Lapenta (Italian Institute of Technology)

Rita Aparecida Bettini Pereira (Faculdade de Medicina da Universidade do Porto)

Tatiana Pontrelli Mecca (Universidade de Coimbra)



Bruna Tonietti Trevisan - Concluido

Fernanda Tebexreni Orsati - em andamento

Julia de Souza Queiroz - Em andamento

Manish Kumar Asthana - com Bolsa PNPD - concluido

Maria Claudia Arvigo - em andamento

Mayra Muller Spaniol - em andamento

Natália Martins Dias - com Bolsa FAPESP - concluído

Tatiana Magalhães Conde e Magro - em andamento

Tatiana Pontrelli Mecca - em andamento

Thiago Leiros Costa - em andamento

Vera Lúcia Esteves Mateus - em andamento

William Edgar Machado Comfort - em andamento


Sandwich Doctoral students received in PPG-DD

Margherita Forgione da University of Padova, Department of General Psychology, PhD in Clinical and Experimental Psychobiology

Scholarship Commission - PPG-DD


Prof. Luiz Renato Rodrigues Carreiro, Ph.D. PPG-DD's coordinator

Prof. Décio Brunoni, Ph, D. Permanent teacher of PPG-DD

Prof. Miriam Oliveira Ribeiro, Ph, D. Permanent teacher of PPG-DD

Rone Paiano - Student's representative



Profa. Ana Alexandra Caldas Osório, Ph.D - Permanent teacher of PPG-DD

Julia Horta Egito - Substitutes of Student's representative