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Postgraduate in Entomology Faculdade de Filosofia, Ciências e Letras de Ribeirão Preto Universidade de São Paulo

Admission for Master Degree, Ph D. Degree e Ph D. Degree without Master Degree

Important Dates

Enrollment: from April 10th, 2019 to June 14th, 2019.

General Exam in Entomology: July 1st, 2019, at 8AM to 12PM.

English Proficiency: July 2nd, 2019, at 8AM to 12PM.

Interview:  July 4th and 5th, 2019, starting at 9AM.

Place: Bloco 9 Sala 5.

Applications can be made in person by the applicant, by someone designated by the applicant, or by mail, to the following address:
Serviço de Pós-Graduação (casa 37)
Faculdade de Filosofia, Ciências e Letras (FFCLRP)
Universidade de São Paulo
Bandeirantes, 3900
CEP 14040-901 – Ribeirão Preto, SP – BrazilWhen applying for the Entomology Graduate Program, the following forms and documents are required:
– Application form (template provided at;
– Curriculum Vitae (template provided at;
– Acceptance letter from the prospective supervisor (template provided at;
– A copy of the passport for foreign applicants;
– University bachelor’s degree/diploma official statement issued by a University or College certifying the applicant is enrolled in her/his final term;
– Copy of the academic transcript of the applicant’s undergraduate major degree;
– Research Proposal (not longer than 20 pages), comprising a cover page with the applicant’s name, name of prospective supervisor, title of the research project, the proposal must include: Introduction, Methods, clearly defined Objectives, Time line, and References.

Incomplete applications or inconsistent with the Entomology Graduate Program’s standards described above or in the webpage will not be processed. Please notice that the paperwork submitted for the application will remain at the Graduate School Unit for 60 (sixty) days from the end of the interviewing process. After this date, and if there is no word from the applicants, the paperwork will be discarded.
After processing the applications, the selection process will comprise the following stages:

The admission process will consist of four stages:
a) Written exam of English proficiency (reading and understanding). A dictionary (not provided by the Entomology Program) can be used during the exam. Candidates scoring 7,0 or higher will pass the English exam. Alternatively, applicants may demonstrate proficiency in English by submitting a copy of a certificate of English proficiency issued by an internationally recognized test (e.g., TOEFL). Certificates accepted and minimum score required in those tests will be announced in the website of the Entomology Program.
b) Written exam of Entomology. Candidates scoring 7,0 or higher will pass the Entomology exam. Progressing to the following stages of the admission depend on approval on this exam and the English exam.
c) Evaluation and defense of the Research Proposal. The proposal will be evaluated for its overall scientific merits (i.e., relevance, novelty/innovation and adequacy of the proposed methods), its feasibility and likelihood of being completed within the lower and upper bounds permitted by the rules of the Graduate Program of Entomology for the Master’s (12–26 months). Candidates will have up to 10 minutes to present their proposal, being allowed to used audiovisual resources of their choice (in the event of exceeding 10 minutes, the candidate will be automatically disqualified). The minimum approval grade for this stage of the admission procedure will be 7,0 (seven).
d) Curricular analysis. The minimum approval grade for this stage of the admission procedure will be 7,0 (seven).

NOTE: Candiates to admission into the master’s degree course shall be waived the need to do the Written exam of Entomology, if complying with items (a)-(d) listed as follow:
(a) having graduated at Universidade de São Paulo or other Brazilian institution of higher education ranked 4,0 or higher in the General Index of Courses (“Índice Geral de Cursos -IGC”, by INEP/Brazilian Ministry of Education).
(b) no having failed in any undergraduate level courses.
(c) at least 65% of the undergraduate level courses were graded the same as the reference grade or higher (if the minimum passing grade is 5,0, then the reference grade is 7,5; if the minimum passing grade is 7,0, then the reference grade is 8,5; in other cases, the reference grade is obtainable by the following equation:
Reference Grade = minimum passing grade + (10 – failing grade)/2.
(d) in the calculations listed in the previous item, course-credits from special activities (e.g., internships, Honors thesis, and other academic-cultural-scientific activities) will not be considered.

    The following suggested references should serve as guidance for the preparation studies of applicants:

  1. Gullan, P.J. & P.S. Cranston. 2008. Os insetos: um resumo de entomologia. 3ª edição. Roca, São Paulo. Todos os Capítulos;
  2. Rafael, J.A.; Melo, G.A.R.; Carvalho, C.J.B.; Casari, S.A.; Constantino, R. (Orgs.). 2012. Insetos do Brasil: Diversidade e Taxonomia. Holos, Editora, Ribeirão Preto. Capítulos 2 a 8.