Cities Research Grants

The purpose of the Harvard-Brazil Cities Research Grant is to spark faculty-led research initiatives and support graduate student research on some of the key urban challenges faced in Brazil. The Fund 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.

Who is eligible?

The Fund is open to Masters’ and Ph.D. students in any Harvard Department or School, full-time lecturers and full-time Assistant, Associate and Full Professors in any Harvard Department or School graduating in or later than May 2020. The Program Coordinator in the Harvard Brazil Office will verify that applicants meet these criteria. Successful applicants to this fund from past years are welcome to apply again.


The maximum award is normally up to $10,000 for faculty and $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 Ph.D. 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 August 31, 2020.

How to Apply?

Applications must be submitted to the Centralized Application for Research and Travel (CARAT), and should consist of a maximum 1000-word proposal and a detailed budget (reflecting other sources of funding, if any). The applicant should also include a maximum 5-page curriculum vitae, and CVs of collaborators if/as appropriate.

Deadline: March 5, 2019. Applicants will be notified by April 19.

For more information contact Tiago Genoveze at

All winners 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.