Brazil Research Grant

UPDATED Deadline: March 2022


Brazil Research Grants are awarded to master's and PhD students in any Harvard Department or School graduating in or later than May 2023 for research on and in Brazil. The grant is open to both PhD and master's students with priority given to PhD students. PhD students may apply at any stage of their graduate program – from preliminary research to dissertation completion. Master’s students must apply with research that leads to a master’s thesis and take place over a minimum of six weeks. 

Application Requirements

  • A proposal of up to 1,500 words that succinctly describes the proposed research project, its significance and expected impact, and any proposed collaboration with Brazilian academics and researchers (two additional pages of supplemental information such as citations may be included)
  • A letter of support from a faculty adviser. Please note that the letter of support should be sent to Tiago Genoveze ( a faculty adviser, separately from your application
  • A detailed project budget that justifies each item

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.    

Application materials must be submitted through the Centralized Application for Research and Travel (CARAT) under the "DRCLAS 2021 Brazil Research Grants (Grad students)" opportunity. 

All grant recipients will be asked, as a condition of their acceptance of the award, to submit a follow-up report describing their outcomes and the expenses associated with their research. Any materials produced in relation to awarded projects must acknowledge the support of the Lemann Endowment, through the Graduate Student Research Funds of the David Rockefeller Center for Latin American Studies.

Availablity of Funding

Grants of up to $6,000 will be awarded and must be used by June 30, 2023.

Applicants are required to notify the Brazil Studies Program of any funding received from another source; in most cases the program will adjust its award. Students may not receive duplicate funding for the same budget items from different grants. Students who have been funded twice from this fund or the Brazilian Cities Research Fund will receive lower priority.

For additional funding sources, doctoral and PhD candidates are encouraged to research Traveling Fellowships through Harvard University's Committee on General Scholarships to learn more about the Jorge Paulo Lemann Fellowships for Research in Brazil. 


Contact Tiago Genoveze, Program Manager