Travel Grants

DRCLAS offers a variety of travel grants for thesis research and internships in Latin America. Applicants must be continuing students in good standing. 

Supports undergraduate and graduate or professional students conducting thesis or dissertation research related to Latin America and the Caribbean. Research proposals are accepted from all disciplines, but must be directly related to the region.

Deadline: February 3, 2020

Application requirements:
• 1-2 page proposal not exceeding 750 words
• 1 page resume
• Current transcript or grade report
• 1 letter of recommendation

NOTE: If your research is linked to a faculty member or working on a faculty members project, letter of rec must come from that faculty member. If you are working in a group or with a partner, each student must submit separate applications. 

To apply: DRCLAS uses the Centralized Application for Research and Travel (CARAT) common application process along with other International Centers at Harvard, and applicants must carefully read the application instructions.

Students are encouraged to apply to multiple Centers' research funds in order to increase their chances of receiving funding.

DRCLAS awards grants of up to $300 per year to graduate students who are traveling to conferences to present papers/research on Latin America. The work must directly relate to the region in order to be considered, though the location of the conference does not need to be in Latin America. Students are requested to submit applications at least one month before conference date. Please note that students are eligible for one conference travel grant per academic year.

Deadline: The 1st of every month, until funds last.

Conference Travel Grant Application

Please note: All funds for Academic Year 2019-2020 have been expended and are no longer available. 

The Steve Reifenberg Fellowship is intended to encourage graduating seniors to engage in a transformative international experience in the area of social or environmental development in Latin America.  The post-graduation fellowship opportunity will contribute not only to the student’s education, but also to career, personal, and leadership development, consistent with and inspired by the example of Steve Reifenberg, former Program Director of the Regional Office of the David Rockefeller Center for Latin American Studies, whose early experience as a volunteer in Latin America informed a lifelong commitment to social, economic, and environmental justice that became the hallmarks of a career dedicated to these issues.

The Reifenberg Traveling Fellowship will provide a stipend of $10,000, as well as soft resources, for a Harvard College graduate to spend 4-6 months following graduation dedicated to volunteer or community service in Latin America. The experience should be focused on social or environmental development.

Application Deadline: Passed. The selected applicant will be announced on April 1, 2020.

Application Requirements:
• A completed application form (search for 'Steve Reifenberg Fellowship' in CARAT)
• A current unofficial transcript
• An essay/proposal (not to exceed 1000 words) that outlines the candidate’s plans for spending 4-6 months in Latin America, reasons for applying for the fellowship, and expectations on how the time abroad will help develop future plans. The essay should not merely deal with proposed travel plans but focus more directly on personal needs and the potential for growth seen in this fellowship.
• One letter of recommendation
• Updated Resume
• Letter of invitation from the hosting organization(s)

To apply:
Harvard College students will apply using CARAT* (Centralized Application for Research and Travel). Please search for "Steve Reifenberg" to locate the application once logged into CARAT.

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 PhD students in any Harvard Department or School graduating in or later than May 2021, full-time lecturers and full-time Assistant, Associate and Full Professors in any Harvard Department or School. 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 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, 2021.

To Apply:
Applications 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. Students should submit applications through the Centralized Application for Research and Travel (CARAT) under the "DRCLAS 2020 Brazil Cities Research Grants (Grad students)" opportunity. Faculty should submit applications directly to Tiago Genoveze.

DeadlineMarch 8, 2020

For more information contact Tiago Genoveze.

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. 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 as sponsors in all related materials.

The Brazil Studies Program at the David Rockefeller Center for Latin American Studies is pleased to announce support for graduate student research, made possible by funding from the Lemann Endowment.

*In addition to the fundings below, doctoral and PhD candidates are encouraged to visit the Traveling Fellowships page and learn about the Jorge Paulo Lemann Fellowships for Research in Brazil

Who is eligible?
We welcome proposals from Harvard graduate students for research on and in Brazil. Priority will be accorded to PhD students, but Master’s students are also eligible to apply. PhD students may apply at any stage of their graduate program – from preliminary research to dissertation completion. Proposals from master’s students will be accepted, but research must lead to a master’s thesis and take place over a minimum of six weeks. Students who have won DRCLAS awards in previous years are eligible to apply.

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 be a lower priority, but they are eligible to apply.

Maximum awards are $6,000.  

Grants must be used by June 30, 2021.

To Apply:
Students should submit applications through the Centralized Application for Research and Travel (CARAT) under the "DRCLAS 2020 Brazil Research Grants (Grad students)" opportunity. 

  • A proposal of up to 1500 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 by a faculty adviser, separately from your application; and
  • A detailed project budget that justifies each item.

Deadline: March 8, 2020 
All applications will be peer reviewed.

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. All recipients must notify the Brazil Studies Program of other funding they receive for the same project. Awards will be adjusted in cases of duplicate funding for the same items. 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 as sponsors in all related materials.

The Clémence Jouët-Pastré Brazil Travel Fellowship is intended to enable undergraduates or graduating seniors to pursue a transformational experience in Brazil. Inspired by the memory of Clémence Jouët-Pastré, who as Senior Preceptor in Romance Languages and Literatures opened the doors for hundreds of Harvard students to study and experience Brazil, the Fellowship award can be utilized to support research, language study, volunteer work and/or independent projects spanning any field or topic. Preference will be given to candidates who demonstrate a deep understanding of Brazilian culture and who clearly articulate how the Fellowship will enable them to follow an academic, professional or personal calling.

Established by former students, colleagues and friends of Clémence Jouët-Pastré, the Fellowship will provide a stipend of up to $10,000 for Harvard College undergraduates or graduating seniors to spend 3-6 months in Brazil.

Application Deadline: March 1, 2020

Application Requirements:

  • Proposal (not to exceed 1000 words) that outlines the candidate’s plans for spending 3-6 months in Brazil, reasons for applying for the fellowship, and expectations on how the time abroad will contribute to the candidate’s individual development.
  • Resume, including at least one reference.
  • Unofficial Transcript
  • Budget detailing estimates of how the stipend will be spent.
  • Letter of Invitation (if applicable) from Brazilian host institution, research advisor, etc.

To apply: Please apply directly on CARAT using your HarvardKry.