Graduate Student Research Funds

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.

Who is eligible?

We welcome proposals from current Harvard graduate students for research on and in Brazil. Priority will be accorded to Ph.D. students, but Master’s students are also eligible to apply. Ph.D. 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 $6000.  

How to Apply?

Applications should include

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

Application materials should be sent by email to Juliana Deleo ( with the subject "Application to BSP Funding".

Deadline: February 7, 2019. All applications will be peer reviewed, Applicants will be notified by March 23, 2019.

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.