Brazil Cities Research Grant

UPDATED Deadline: March 15, 2021

This grant supports research from various disciplinary perspectives on a range of topics including, but not limited to, urban architecture, design, and infrastructure; education, economics, health, and sanitation; governance, public policy, and planning; and housing, transportation, and public security.


Brazil Cities Research Grants are awarded to master's and PhD students in any Harvard Department or School graduating in or later than May 2022, full-time lecturers and full-time Assistant, Associate and Full Professors in any Harvard Department or School. Applicants from the Harvard Medical School must be an Assistant, Associate or full Professor actively teaching Harvard students at the time of application (undergraduates, GSAS-enrolled Ph.D. students or students enrolled in the two HMS MD programs), and employed by Harvard University. Must be ladder faculty. Final decisions about eligibility will be determined during the review process. Successful applicants to this fund from past years are welcome to apply again.

Application Requirements

  • A proposal of up to 1,000 words 
  • A detailed budget (reflecting other sources of funding, if any)
  •  A maximum 5-page curriculum vitae as well as CVs of collaborators if/as appropriate

IMPORTANT: Given the uncertainty regarding Harvard´s COVID-19 travel restrictions for academic year 2021-2022, the Brazil Studies Program will accept applications for, but may not be able to commit to funding proposals with travel-related expenses during the upcoming grant cycle. Applicants seeking travel-related funding must present succinct, feasible, and fully virtual fallback options together with their original proposal. Remote “Plan B” options must be accompanied by their own alternate budgets. In the case that travel restrictions are not lifted by the time the Selection Committee analyzes applications, this measure will allow DRCLAS to make awards for remote proposals.    

Students should submit applications through the Centralized Application for Research and Travel (CARAT) under the "DRCLAS 2021 Brazil Cities Research Grants (Grad students)" opportunity. Faculty should submit applications directly to Tiago Genoveze.

All recipients will be asked, as a condition of their acceptance of the award, to submit a follow-up report describing the events and their outcomes and the expenses associated with them. Any materials produced in relation to awarded projects must acknowledge the support of the Haddad Foundation, through the Harvard-Brazil Cities Research Grant Program of the David Rockefeller Center for Latin American Studies.

Availablity of Funding

Award amounts are normally between $5,000 - $15,000 for faculty and $1,000 - $5,000 for graduate students. Funds may be applied to travel-related expenses to conduct research in the field, including airfare, lodging, meals, transportation in Brazil, visa fees, and vaccines; research materials, including data, images, software to which the awardee does not have free access, monthly fees for electronic devices required for data collection, hardware and cellular phones when necessary for data collection (with adequate justification); and stipends and fees for research-related support services such as translation and interpretation services, etc. Faculty and PhD may also request funds to hire research assistants. Unfortunately, awards may not be used for salary support or student tuition.

Grants must be used by June 30, 2022. With adequate justification, the period of performance can be extended to accommodate proposals spanning multiple fiscal years. 



Contact Tiago Genoveze, Program Manager