Doctorate degree

The Graduate Program in Computer Science (PPGCC) at UFSCar has a complete infrastructure with support laboratories for Computing's main areas. The program coordinates CAPES/PRINT projects in partnership with universities in the United States, Spain, France, the Netherlands, and the United Kingdom, which allow the offer of more sandwich doctoral scholarships, various work missions abroad, and researchers' reception from abroad as visitors in the PPGCC. The program has several partnerships with the industry, such as Ericsson, Telefónica, B2W Digital, and startups such as, Via Maker and Gamers Club. Besides, professors of the Program have participated and led international projects in partnership with countries in the European Union and the United States, providing relevant exchanges and researchers' exchanges.


PPGCC students can conduct research both at the São Carlos Campus and the Sorocaba Campus.


The Program operates primarily in the following lines of research:

  • Machine Learning
  • Computer Architecture
  • Industrial automation
  • Database
  • Ubiquitous and Pervasive Computing
  • Software Engineering
  • Artificial intelligence
  • Human-Computer Interaction
  • Image and Signal Processing
  • Natural Language Processing
  • Computer network
  • Automation and Robotics Systems
  • Multimedia Systems and Internet
  • Parallel and Distributed Systems
  • Reconfigurable Hardware Systems for Real-Time Applications

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The admission will be conditioned to the existence of vacancies for orientation by an advisor. It will be based on the analysis of the candidate's curriculum vitae, their school transcripts, research plan and letters of recommendation. The admission occurs in a continuous flow regime with registrations exclusively via the internet.

If the candidate does not present a letter of approval from the program's teacher at the time of registration, the coordination will forward the program's documentation to possible advisors. If interested, this candidate will be included in the selection.

Regarding scholarships, the PPGCC has institutional quotas for doctoral scholarships passed on to students based on academic merit. However, students and teachers are expected to submit their scholarship applications directly to FAPESP (

Documents required for registration:

  • Online registration form (make sure you have the following documents in a compatible format before starting to fill in)
  • Birth or Marriage Certificate;
  • Curriculum vitae;
  • Proof of residence;
  • Higher education diploma;
  • Master's degree or declaration of enrollment in a master's course. The candidate who has not completed the master's degree can submit a statement of enrollment, but must, if selected, proof of defense at the time of enrollment;
  • Academic record of the undergraduate and master's courses;
    Two letters of recommendation from professionals with a doctor or master's degree. The letter of recommendation must be made in a PPGCC form and must be sent by e-mail directly to the program secretariat - Access the model (external link);
  • Standard 3 x 4 photo, recent;
  • Passport;
  • Term of Aware of the General Rules of the Graduate Programs at UFSCar and Internal Rules of the PPGCC;
  • Acceptance letter (if any) from the possible advisor;
  • Research Project following the format established by FAPESP, available at (this compatibility aims to stimulate requests for Doctorate scholarships from FAPESP). The research project should preferably be submitted with a letter of approval from the professor of the PhD program of the PPCCC and a declaration of willingness and interest in guiding the candidate.