Scientific research permeates all levels of educational training at PUCPR; our students are encouraged to develop research activities since their very first years as undergrads, by participating in study and research groups or joining our scientific and technological initiation programs; the goal is to provide undergraduates with the opportunity to learn from skilled researchers, sharing experiences and building the basis for their own future initiatives as scientists.

Most of the cutting-edge research produced at PUCPR today is a secondary product (the primary being qualification of highly trained scientists) of one of our 16 graduate programs, all of them certified and permanently evaluated by CAPES, the national higher education regulatory agency of the Ministry of Education (MEC); all programs are open to candidates who have completed undergraduate studies in Brazil or abroad.

Our university, by investing in research as a life experience and as a teaching/learning tool that connects undergrad and graduate programs, aims to prepare the largest possible number of students of all levels to critically design, conduct and evaluate scientific investigations, thus positioning themselves at a higher level of scientific education and professionalism.

PUCPR welcomes applications of talented international researchers, young and experienced, interested in joining our vibrant team of scientists both as permanent or visiting scholars. To learn more about our scientific initiatives and keep yourself up-to-date with the opportunities, check our international website regularly or contact the PUCPR International Office at [email protected].


The postdoctoral program at PUCPR is offered to Ph.D. professionals from different areas of knowledge. The program promotes the development of high-level studies and contributes to the university’s scientific excellence, fostering innovative experiences between Brazilian and international researchers. PUCPR post-doc students have the tuition waiver and are eligible to receive grants from different educational agencies and organizations, for a period of 3 to 60 months. The research project to be conducted during the program is supervised by a highly qualified faculty member and will be suitable for publication in qualified scientific journals as well as for presentation in scientific events.

Click here to learn more about the National Post-Doctorate program (PNPD) from the federal agency Coordenação de Aperfeiçoamento de Pessoal do Nível Superior (Higher Education Personal Advancement) – CAPES.


In the pursuit of academic excellence and in the advancement of economic and social studies to support society’s development, PUCPR has defined six strategic areas of work. They are aligned with the institution’s long-term strategic planning, as well as with the study and research of major global challenges faced by our contemporary society. The areas concentrate PUCPR’s efforts in the acquisition and allocation of financial resources, including talent attraction, retention, and education. They are Energy, Cities, Biotechnology, Health, Information and Communication Technology, and Human Rights.

Click here to learn more about each of PUCPR’s Strategic Areas.