Providing education, energy, health, housing, infrastructure, sanitation, security, transportation, water and other basic services to the 85% of Brazil’s population that now lives in cities is a daunting task. The country’s rapid transformation from a predominantly rural society to a metropolitan one has added to the complexity of establishing and sustaining vibrant cities. It has also increased the benefits of collaborating across diverse fields of knowledge and sectors of the economy. Since its founding in 2006, Harvard's DRCLAS Brazil Office has helped launch and support a range of programs related to public healthengineering, air pollution, ecological urbanism and more.

Harvard-Brazil Cities Research Grant Program

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, full-time lecturers and full-time Assistant, Associate and Full Professors in any Harvard Department or School graduating in or later than May 2021. 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). Faculty should submit applications directly to Tiago Genoveze.

Deadline.  March 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.


Successful Awards in Previous Years:

Cities Research Fund 2016

• "The Politics of Inequality in the Spatial Allocation of Urban Public Goods and Services in Brazil" - Alice Xu, PhD Candidate Department of Government, GSAS;
• "Urbanization and Energy Infrastructure in the Brazilian Amazon: impacts of hydropower development in cities of the Jari River Basin" - Andreas Georgoulias, Lecturer in Architecture and Senior Research Associate, GSD;
• "Project on Brasilia Summer Workshop" - Charles Waldheim, John E. Irving Professor of Landscape Architecture, GSD;
• "Government Support Structures for Collective Housing in Brazi
l" - David Solomon, Master of Architecture Candidate, GSD;
• "Collective Housing: Domesticity and the Shaping of the Brazilian Metropolis" - Felipe Correa, Associate Professor of Urban Design, GSD;
• "Consequences of Urban Crime in Brazil" - Horacio Larreguy, Assistant Professor, Department of Government, GSAS;
• "Does Education Help Poor Cities Catch Up? Evidence from Brazil" - Juan Pablo Chauvin, PhD Candidate in Public Policy, Department of Economics, GSAS;
• "Probing Policy Feedback: Teacher Attitudes Toward Merit Pay in Brazil" - Leslie Finger, PhD Candidate, Department of Government, GSAS;
• "Urbanization at the Amazon: Subverting Spatial Impositions" - Marysol Brito & Ana Moratilla, Master of Architecture Candidates, GSD;
• "Visions of Development: interactions between Brazilian modernist literature and architecture" - Rodrigo del Río, PhD Candidate, Department of Romance Languages and Literature, GSAS;
• "Air Quality Diagnostics by Drone-Based Sensor Networks: The Next Horizon for Better Lives in Smart Cities" - Scott Martin, Gordon McKay Professor of Environmental Chemistry, SEAS.

Cities Research Fund 2017

• "Rehabilitation of Public Spaces for Violence Alleviation" - Diane E. Davis and Mariana Pereira Guimaraes, Charles Dyer Norton Professor of Regional Planning and Urbanism, and Chair of the Department of Urban Planning and Design; Joint Degree in Urban Planning and Public Health, GSD;
• "Pathways towards Child Friendly "Hoods": advancing processes of implementation of child friendliness in neighborhoods" - Carolina San Miguel, PhD candidate, GSD;
• "Place-Based Impact Variation of a School-Based Socioemotional Learning Intervention in Rio de Janeiro" - Emily Hanno, Ph.D. candidate, GSAS;
• "The Material Agency of Concrete: Tropical Modernism’s Climatic Intelligence in Brazilian Cities" - Gina Ciancone & Vladimir Gintoff, Master of Architecture and Master of Urban Planning; Master of Architecture and Master of Urban Planning, GSD;
• "Transportation Costs and Firm Performance: Evidence from Brazil" - Jasmina Chauvin, Doctoral candidate, HBS;
• "Brazilian Urban Criminal Networks" - Jessie Bullock, PhD candidate, GSAS;
• "Brazilian Local Economies and the Elasticity of Female Labor" - Juan Pablo Chauvin, PhD candidate, GSAS;
• "Quantity or Quality? The Political Economy of Educational Quality in Brazil" - Julia Smith Coyoli, PhD candidate, GSAS;
• "Understanding criminal governance in São Paulo" - Kaitlyn Chriswell, PhD Candidate, GSAS;
• "Green vs Gentrification: Exploring the public’s access to green space and its association with gentrification in Brazilian cities" - Longfeng Wu, Doctoral Candidate, GSD;
• "Maternal and infant health in Southern Brazilian cities: a cohort study" - S V Subramanian, Professor of Population Health and Geography, HSPH;
• "The Port and the City: The Impact of Post Panamax Ships on Brazilian Port Cities" - Theodore Kofman, Masters in Architecture and Urban Design candidate, GSD;

Cities Research Fund 2018

  • “Segregation, Spatial Spillovers, and the Mobilization of the Urban Poor in Brazil” – Alice Xu, PhD candidate in Political Science, GSAS;
  • “Integrating the Informal: Productive Networks of Informal Occupation in Abandoned Spaces of Downtown São Paulo” – Cynthia Deng & Mariana Guimarães, Master of Architecture candidate; Joint-Degree Master of Urban Planning and Master of Public Health candidate, GSD and HSPH;
  • “The Construction Camp in Brazil's Ideal Cities” – David Solomon, Master in Architecture candidate, GSD;
  • “BEACHFRONT VIEW: The effects of tourism on open public space degradation along coastal cities in the southeast of Brazil” – Eduardo Colunga & Olivia Pastor, Master of Architecture in Urban Design candidates, GSD;
  • “The Symbolic City: Brazilian Cemeteries and the Formation of Collective Memory” – Gustavo Casalduc, Kenneth Hasegawa, & Kaoru Lovett, Master of Architecture candidates, GSD;
  • “Subversion of justice: Evidence from Brazil” – Henrik Sigstad, PhD candidate in Economics, GSAS;
  • “The Commodification of Silence: Intersections between Brazilian Cinema, Literature, and Urban Experience” – Isaac Magana C Canton, PhD candidate in Romance Languages and Literatures, GSAS;
  • “Fortress São Paulo: An Atlas of Division” – John Crowley, Master of Architecture in Urban Design, GSD;
  • “Understanding the Planning Processes of Self-Managed Housing Cooperatives: Repurposing Abandoned Structures into Affordable Housing in Rio de Janeiro and São Paulo´s City Centers” – Mariah Barber, Master of Urban Planning candidate, GSD.

Cities Research Fund 2019